How to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics
Here’s how to catch every minute of your can’t-miss events.
Note: To watch over the Olympics’ official app, website, or TV channels, or any streaming service, you must be an authenticated pay-TV subscriber.
Watch the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in the NBC Sports app
The NBC Sports app (iOS, Android) promises to live stream 4,500 hours of Olympics goodness, including all competitions. You can watch if you’re a cable, satellite, or telco subscriber, and you can watch on desktop, phone, tablet, or a connected TV such as Apple TV. The NBC Sports app also provides an online coverage schedule and event reminders.
NBC Sports’ handy companion app, NBC Olympics (iOS, Android), adds real-time results and medal standings, up-to-date TV and live streaming schedules, direct linking to the NBC Sports app for live stream coverage, and alerts and notifications.
You can also live stream 4,500 hours of events on the official Rio Olympics website. View the full schedule, broken up by sport and date. Medal events are distinguished by golden medal icons. Tap any square for more info or to set a reminder to tune in.
Watch on TV
NBCUniversal promises 2,084 hours of Olympic programming across 11 networks, including NBC, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, USA Network, and specialty soccer and basketball channels. Spanish-speaking viewers can enjoy coverage on Telemundo and NBC Universo. To learn more about each network’s offerings, check TV Listings.
Watch on Comcast’s X1
Live video coverage will be available from cable and satellite providers such as AT&T U-verse, Cox, DirecTV, Dish, and Time Warner Cable. But NBC-owned Comcast, with plans that start at $50, is creating a more immersive experience in its new X1 platform, the company’s cable box and DVR upgrade. Pull up the X1 Guide and tap the Rio tile to search coverage in a variety of ways, from Airing Now to Streaming Live, or search by channel, sport, athletes, or featured nations. Tap the NBC Sports Live Extra tile to discover every Olympic moment that’s being streamed. Every event will also be synced up with the Xfinity TV (iOS, Android) app, so you can watch multiple events at once. A mini guide in the right rail shows competing events, so you can defy Olympic FOMO.
Watch more affordably on Sling TV and Playstation Vue
If you’re not down with premium cable pricing, then streaming service Sling TV is a great option. It offers most of the channels you’ll need as part of a 40-plus channel package to stream over your Apple TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, Chromecast, or iOS or Android devices for just $25 per month. For $15 more, you gain the ability to stream all channels broadcasting Olympics events. Try before you buy with a free seven-day trial.
Competing service Playstation Vue is a little pricier, with packages starting at $30 per month for roughly the same channels. However, it’s not compatible with as many streaming devices. The service also offers a free seven-day trial.
Stay up to date with Google
Enter simple search queries, such as Rio 2016, and Google will give you a handy Olympics TV schedule, medal counts, and athlete information. Perform searches over Google’s mobile app and you can also opt into automatic updates and notifications for major event and medal wins. You can also explore Olympics venues (or any part of Rio) in Google Maps street view.
Olympics social channels
Follow the 2016 Rio Olympics over social media, including the event’s NBC Olympics (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube) pages. While on YouTube, you might check out official broadcasters’ event highlights and Katy Perry’s “Rise” video, created especially for the event. Also, NBC Sports Group is partnering with Buzzfeed to provide games coverage over the new Olympics Discover channel on Snapchat, set to launch on or around August 5.