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London 2012 Olympics
If TV broadcast tape delay and streaming restricted to pay-TV subscribers isn't entirely ruining your experience, the first week of the 2012 Games has started off with a bang. There's plenty of sporting action to go around and the world records have already started falling. Live coverage is early in the day for US time zones, while NBC is keeping some of the more anticipated events off TV and only online until its prime time airing later.

For viewers we have a few tips, like using Google to search Olympics + [sport] to get a minute by minute schedule of the events in your local time so you don't miss 'em on the live stream. Also, check your cable or satellite provider, most have expanded options to help you catch all the sports, while Cox and DirecTV are doing the multiview thing, Comcast has added Olympics specifics filters to its remote apps, and Time Warner Cable has added more channels to its streaming iPad app.
(All week, NBC channels and online)

Total Recall (Mind-Bending Edition)
The Paul Verhoeven / Arnold Schwarzenegger classic is back on Blu-ray and should be better looking this time around. So, why opt for this one instead of a ticket to the remake this weekend? Beyond the obvious reasons, it's also cheaper, currently listed at $7.99 on Amazon.
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NFL Preseason
It's finally time for football again, and while it's just preseason action, we'll be ready to see the Saints take on the Cardinals Sunday night from Canton Ohio. Also worth checking out, the HOF induction ceremony Saturday night as DB Jack Butler, C Dermontti Dawson, DE Chris Doleman, DT Cortez Kennedy, RB Curtis Martin and T Willie Roaf take their place among the other all-time greats.
(August 5th, NFL Network, 8PM)

Must See HDTV July 31st  August 5th

Blu-ray & Games

  • Total Recall (Mind-Bending Edition)
  • Hatfields & McCoys
  • Forever Marilyn Collection: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, There's No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like It Hot, The Misfits
  • Grand Theft Auto III (PS3)


  • 2012 Olympics Night 4 of 17, NBC, 8PM
  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager, ABC Family, 8PM
  • Bachelor Pad, ABC, 8PM
  • WWE Raw, USA, 8PM
  • The Closer, TNT, 9PM
  • Bunheads, ABC Family, 9PM
  • Single Ladies, VH1, 9PM
  • Warehouse 13, Syfy, 9PM
  • About Face: Supermodels Then and Now, HBO, 9PM
  • Off The Hook (series premiere), Discovery, 9PM
  • Alphas, Syfy, 10PM
  • Perception, TNT, 10PM
  • The Glass House, ABC, 10PM
  • Teen Wolf, MTV, 10PM
  • Web Therapy, Showtime, 11PM


  • 2012 Olympics Night 5 of 17, NBC, 8PM
  • Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family, 8PM
  • Trust Us With Your Life, ABC, 9:30PM
  • Rizzoli & Isles, TNT, 9PM
  • Jane By Design (season finale), ABC Family, 9PM
  • Less Than Kind (season finale), DirecTV, 9PM
  • White Collar, USA, 9PM
  • The LA Complex, CW, 9PM
  • Covert Affairs, USA 10PM
  • Franklin & Bash, TNT, 10PM
  • Tosh.0 (summer finale), Comedy Central, 10PM
  • NY Med, ABC, 10PM
  • Workaholics (season finale), Comedy Central, 10:30PM


  • 2012 Olympics Night 6 of 17, NBC, 8PM
  • Melissa & Joey, ABC Family, 8PM
  • Baby Daddy, ABC Family, 8:30PM
  • Dallas, TNT, 9PM
  • Royal Pains, USA, 9PM
  • Damages, DirecTV, 9PM
  • Hit and Miss, DirecTV, 10PM
  • The Franchise, Showtime, 10PM
  • Futurama, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Final Witness, ABC, 10PM
  • Necessary Roughness, USA, 10PM
  • The Real World, MTV, 10PM


  • 2012 Olympics Night 7 of 17, NBC, 8PM
  • Impact Wrestling, Spike TV, 8PM
  • Burn Notice, USA, 9PM
  • Wipeout, ABC, 9PM
  • Anger Management, FX, 9:30PM
  • Suits, USA, 10PM
  • Wilfred, FX, 10PM
  • Awkward, MTV, 10:30PM
  • Louie, FX, 10:30PM
  • Brand X with Russell Brand (season finale), FX, 11PM


  • 2012 Olympics Night 8 of 17, NBC, 8PM
  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM
  • XIII, ReelzChannel, 9PM`
  • Common Law, USA, 10PM
  • Lost Girl, Syfy, 10PM
  • Comedy Bang! Bang!, IFC, 10PM
  • Bunk, IFC, 10:30PM
  • John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, Comedy Central 11PM


  • 2012 Olympics Night 9 of 17, NBC, 8PM
  • 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, NFL Network, 7PM
  • UFC on Fox, Fox, 8PM
  • Fred 3, Nickelodeon, 8PM
  • Mobbed, Fox, 8PM
  • NYC 22, CBS, 8PM
  • Kevin Nealon: Whelmed...But Not Overly (special presentation), Showtime, 10:30PM


  • 2012 Olympics Night 10 of 17, NBC, 7PM
  • Cardinals/Saints NFL Preseason Hall of Fame Game, NFL Network, 8PM
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series @ Pocono, ESPN, 12PM
  • IndyCar Series @ Mid-Ohio, ABC, 1PM
  • Leverage, TNT, 8PM
  • 3, CBS, 9PM
  • Falling Skies, TNT, 9PM
  • True Blood, HBO, 9PM
  • The Glades, A&E, 9PM
  • The Great Escape, TNT, 10PM
  • The Newsroom, HBO, 10PM
  • Breaking Bad, AMC, 10PM
  • Political Animals, USA, 10PM
  • Longmire, A&E, 10PM
  • Weeds, Showtime, 10PM
  • Episodes, Showtime, 10:30PM
  • Small Town Security, AMC, 11PM
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