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Watch The Olympics Online: Definitive Guide To Live Stream Rio 2016

By Steph Myers / January 25, 2016 / Tags: , ,

See all the ways to live stream the Summer Olympics 2016 once the Games begin in Rio. [Last updated: Saturday, August 13, 2:05pm EST]

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics live stream guide to watch live online

This is the definitive guide for fans in the US and worldwide who want to watch this year’s Summer Olympics live online. We update this constantly, so the information here is always current. If you can’t get access to a live stream because of region-blockers, see how to watch the Olympics online on a site that’s blocked in your country.

[Related: Check out how to watch PyeongChang 2018 Olympics live streams, or watch the 2018 Winter Olympics online for free, or unblock the Winter Olympics 2018]

The Olympics unite people around the globe in a way that nothing else does. For two weeks citizens of all nations watch as one, as the world’s athletes give their all to attain glory for their countries.

The 2016 Olympics, held this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will capture the world’s attention from the opening ceremonies on August 5 to the final day on August 21.


Watch The Rio Olympics Online Without Cable

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Watch The 2016 Olympics On A Site That’s Blocked In Your Country

Rio 2016 is already on track to set records. Here’s the Summer Olympics by the numbers: 206 nations, over 10,500 athletes, 306 events and 28 different sports. That’s a historic high for the number of countries and sets of medals.

Interest in the Rio Olympics will be greater than ever—not only because of all the new nations participating. This year, more of the world has Internet access than during any prior Games. Web access means that, even for those without a convenient way to get broadcast TV, viewers can catch all the action by watching the Summer Olympics live online.

US VIEWERS: Here’s How To Watch The Summer Olympics Online For Free, Without Cable

While people around the world can live stream Rio 2016, finding an accessible stream will still be tricky for many. First, online access to the Games will be different in regions of the world (though there is an easy way to get around geographical restrictions). Plus, some providers of live streaming will require viewers to log in with cable or satellite TV credentials.

This means there will be plenty of confusion, and searching for other ways to watch the Olympics online for free, or in a particular region of the world.

Summer Olympics 2016 Live Streaming: What We Know So Far

The 2016 Summer Games have more options to watch online than ever before. Here are all the major channels in the US and other countries that will live stream Olympics coverage.

Where To Watch Rio 2016 Online

NBC Olympics live stream summer 2016+ NBCNBC and NBC Sports Network will live stream the Summer Olympics for US audiences on a dedicated site, NBCOlympics.com and on the NBC Sports app. For the first time, NBC will live stream all its coverage of the entire Games online, from every one of its nine NBCU Olympic networks. That includes Olympic coverage from: NBC, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo, Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBC Universo, and USA Network. Watching live will require login with cable/satellite provider credentials. But, NBC will let you watch for free for 30 minutes before prompting you to log in, and give you another 5 free minutes a day.

NBC (the main network) will cover swimming, track and field, beach volleyball, gymnastics, diving, and basketball — as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. NBCSN will cover a variety of Olympic sports, including track and field, boxing, fencing, field hockey, basketball, soccer, archery, swimming, weightlifting, and wrestling. They’ll also show most of the medal ceremonies. Scroll down to see the events the other channels will cover.

The only moment of Rio 2016 that NBC will not live stream is the Opening Ceremony. NBC will only show that over-the-air. So if you want to watch the Opening Ceremony online, you’ll need to get access to the Olympics live stream on the BBC, or another source outside the US.

See the full NBC Olympics Live Stream Schedule. Go to NBC Olympics online.

Live stream Summer Olympics 2016 on USA Network + MSNBC, CNBC, USA Network, and Bravo: Via the internet and over-the-air broadcasting, MSNBC, CNBC, USA, and Bravo will also air Olympics coverage. You can live stream these channels using a streaming service — details below.

MSNBC will show Olympic coverage of basketball, rugby, water polo, soccer, and beach volleyball. CNBC will bring you the elimination round coverage of basketball and volleyball, plus beach volleyball, rugby, wrestling, water polo, and archery. USA Network will cover men’s basketball, synchronized swimming, cycling, beach volleyball, rowing, water polo, and volleyball. Tennis fans, Bravo is the channel for you. It will show men’s and women’s Olympic tennis.

BBC Summer Olympics live stream Rio 2016+ BBC: The BBC has Olympics broadcast rights in the UK. Coverage will air on both BBC One and BBC Four. The BBC will live stream Rio 2016 coverage online via the BBC iPlayer. Access is free, with no login required. However, there will be geographical restrictions. See how to watch the Summer Olympics on the BBC from outside the UK.

See the BBC Olympics schedule. Go to BBC iPlayer.

CBC Summer Olympics live stream 2016 + CBC: In Canada, CBC/Radio-Canada will air live Olympics coverage on broadcast TV streaming online. CBC will provide over 4,000 hours of Summer Olympics live streaming on its website and mobile platforms, including a new Rio 2016 app for iOS and Android.

See the CBC Olympics schedule. Go to CBC’s Rio 2016 headquarters.

⊕ Tip for US viewers: To watch the Rio Olympics online without cable, the BBC and CBC are your best options. Both channels are free, but you will need to bypass geo-blockers in order to watch them. See how to unblock BBC and CBC to watch the Summer Olympics without cable.

Rede Globo live stream summer olympics 2016+ Globo: Locally, in Brazil, Grupo Globo has all the broadcast rights for the Summer Games, including digital rights. Free-to-air coverage will show on Rede Globo. Globe will almost certainly live stream Rio 2016 action, details to be determined.

CCTV summer olympics live stream 2016+ CCTV: CCTV and CCTV Sports is expected to offer live streaming for viewers in China and throughout Asia. CCTV in English may also cover the Olympics.

As new information comes available, including live stream access in other countries and regions, we’ll update this page. Check back as the Games draw closer.

Watch The Olympics Live On Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Etc. (If You Have Cable)

+ NBC Sports Live Extra App: With a cable subscription, you can stream Rio 2016 live on Roku or another streaming device using the NBC Sports Live Extra app. The app streams to Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and Win10, with support for other devices coming soon (we’ll update this page when it does). The NBC Sports app is available for download from the Roku channel store, the Apple App Store, and from your device’s native downloads section.

⊕ SEE ALSO: How To Watch The Summer Olympics On Roku

+ NBC Olympics: Rio News & Results App: NBC has also rolled out a dedicated Olympics app. It won’t live stream any Summer Olympics events, but will deliver round-the-clock updates on event results, highlights, and other info.

Watch Rio 2016 On Any Device With A Streaming Service (If You Don’t Have Cable)

There are two TV streaming services you can use to watch the Summer Olympics online: Sling TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue. They’re more expensive than the method we outline in ‘How To Watch The Rio Olympics Online Without Cable.’ But they will work to give you access throughout the Rio Games.

+ Sling TV: Sling TV costs $25/month and will let you stream the Olympics on NBCSN, NBC (in some areas), USA (covering men’s basketball, synchronized swimming, cycling, beach volleyball, rowing, water polo, and volleyball), and Bravo (covering tennis).

With a $5 add-on package, you can also get Olympic golf coverage, and channels MSNBC (airing basketball, rugby, water polo, soccer, and beach volleyball), and CNBC (which will show elimination round coverage of volleyball and basketball, plus beach volleyball, rugby, wrestling, water polo, and archery).

You can use Sling TV across devices, including iOS, Android, PC or Mac, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Stick, Xbox One, and Chromecast.

+ PlayStation Vue: PlayStation Vue will cost you $30/month, and will let you live stream the Olympics on NBCSN, NBC, and MSNBC. It works on PlayStation consoles, iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Stick, and Chromecast.

Complete list of TV channels that will cover the 2016 Summer Olympics in each region of the world:

  Region   Broadcaster
  Asia   Dentsu1
  Australia   Seven Network
  Austria   ORF
  Azerbaijan   İTV
  Belgium   VRT
  Brazil   Rede Globo, Rede Record, Rede Bandeirantes, ESPN Brazil, Fox Sports Brazil
  Bulgaria   BNT, TV+
  Canada   CBC/Radio-Canada
  Caribbean   CANOC Broadcasting Inc., CBU, CWC, ESPN Caribbean
  Central Asia   Dentsu2
  China   CCTV
  Cuba   ICRT
  Czech Republic   ČT, TV Nova, Český Rozhlas
  Denmark   DR, TV2
  Estonia   ERR, MTG
  Europe   Sportfive
  Finland   Yle
  France   France Télévisions, Canal+
  Germany   ARD, ZDF
  Greece   ERT
  Hong Kong   TVB
  Hungary   MTVA
  Ireland   RTÉ
  Israel   Sport 5
  Italy   Sky Italia, RAI
  Latin America   América Móvil, DirecTV, ESPN, Fox Sports Latin America
  Latvia   LTV, MTG
  Lithuania   LNK, Lietuvos rytas TV, MTG
  Japan   Japan Consortium
  Middle East   ASBU
  Netherlands   NOS
  New Zealand   Sky Television
  Norway   TV 2
  North Korea   SBS
  Pacific Islands   Sky Television
  Poland   TVP
  Portugal   RTP, Sport TV
  Philippines   Sports5
  Romania   TVR
  Russia   C1R, VGTRK, NTV Plus
  Slovakia   RTVS, TV Nova
  Slovenia   RTV Slovenija
  South Asia   STAR India
  South Africa   SABC, SuperSport
  South Korea   SBS
  Spain   RTVE
  Sub-Saharan Africa   SuperSport, Infront Sports & Media
  Sweden   MTG
  Switzerland   SRG SSR
  Tanzania   Azam Media
  Turkey   FOX Turkey
  Ukraine   NTKU
  United Kingdom   BBC
  United States   NBC, NBCSN, MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Bravo

⊕ MORE: See all local TV stations in Brazil 



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