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Rio Olympics: All the Ways to Watch

Catch all the events live

Joyce Eng

Bad news, good news, West Coast Olympic fans.

NBC's prime-time coverage of the Rio Olympics will be tape-delayed, but you won't have to go scrambling for an illegal feed if you want to watch the Games live. Just like in London, all the events will be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com.

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"If you're on the West Coast and you want to watch it live, you can stream it live," executive producer Jim Bell told reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association fall previews. "What we've found is that people who stream tend to actually watch more television rather than having it cannibalize our audience. We're all for people consuming the Olympics as much as possible on as many devices as possible and whenever they want."

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Since Rio is only an hour ahead of the East Coast, NBC is touting this as the "most live Olympics ever," aka the opposite of the 2008 Games in Beijing, which is 12 hours ahead of the East Coast. Between the 11 NBCU networks and its digital platforms, NBC will provide an unprecedented 6,755 hours of programming during Rio.

NBC's growing comprehensive coverage over the years is what Bob Costas, who once again is hosting the prime-time Olympics show, credits with bringing in new viewers and fans.

"With all the additional NBC platforms ... whatever your interest is, even if it's in a niche sport, you can find it," Costas said. "Sometimes in the course, you get new fans."

Here are all the ways you can watch the Rio Olympics:


NBC: Obviously the home of the Olympics will be NBC, which is running near-round-the-clock coverage from Friday, Aug. 5 to Sunday, Aug. 21. NBC will showcase the most popular events, including swimming and gymnastics. Most days, Olympic programming will air from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8 p.m. to midnight, 12:35 a.m. to 1:35 a.m., and replays from 1:35 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.

NBCSN: NBC Sports Network will air 18 days of Olympics coverage, highlighting events including basketball, soccer, synchronized swimming, archery and more. Programming will air 8 a.m. to midnight ET, from Wednesday, Aug. 3 to Sunday, Aug. 21.

Golf Channel: The Golf Channel will broadcast men's and women's basketball for the duration of the Olympics. Just kidding! Here, you'll get nearly 300 hours of golf and analysis. Catch men at the tee from Thursday, Aug. 11 to Sunday, Aug. 14, and women from Wednesday, Aug. 17 to Saturday, Aug. 20.

Bravo: Between Saturday, Aug. 6 and Sunday, Aug. 14, Bravo will air men's and women's tennis. Matches will air from 9:30 a.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET from Aug. 6 to 10, and from 11 a.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET from Aug. 11 to 14.

CNBC: Even CNBC is getting into the Olympics action. From Saturday, Aug. 6 to Friday, Aug. 19, CNBC will air elimination rounds from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET most days.

MSNBC: From Saturday, Aug. 6 to Saturday, Aug. 20, MSNBC will air Olympics coverage. Most days, Olympics programming will be broadcast from noon ET to 5 p.m. ET.

USA: USA will showcase a variety of sports, including women's soccer, men's basketball and synchronized swimming. Coverage begins Wednesday, Aug. 3 and ends Sunday, Aug. 21, with programming on most days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

Telemundo and NBC Universo: Here, viewers can catch nearly 275 hours of Olympics programming in Spanish between Wednesday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 21. The network will also follow Latin American athletes as they compete in the games.

In addition, NBC is creating specific Olympics channels dedicated solely to basketball and soccer. The channels will be available on Dish Network, DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon, Cox, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Suddenlink, Mediacom, and a number of other smaller cable providers.


Viewers can stream Olympics coverage on the aforementioned NBCOlympics.com, as well as through the NBC Sports app, which can be accessed by paid TV subscribers. The app will also include access to specialty channels for Comcast Xfinity subscribers.

The Rio Olympics start Friday.