The 2016 Rio Olympics opening ceremonies kick off Friday, August 5th at 7:30 ET on NBC. But there are numerous options for watching summer’s biggest sports event, even without a traditional cable package. Below, explore some of the most convenient streaming options.
The easiest way to stream the Olympics is through NBC’s website or the NBC Sports app (which is free on iOS, Apple TV Android, Roku, Xbox and Windows devices). In total, the network will stream over 4,500 hours of live coverage throughout the Games – including many events not available on TV, along with concurrent streams of competitions happening at the same time.
To access this coverage, viewers will need to provide their TV account information. As Variety reports, NBC is making the process easier by allowing a one-time 30-minute grace period to view the games before a log-in is required.
Sling TV / PlayStation Vue
Fans without traditional cable can use one of two Internet TV providers – Sling TV and PlayStation Vue – to stream most of the Olympics.
Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial (with credit card information) for new accounts. For the duration of the Games, the basic Blue Tier package includes all the Olympic channels, even MSNBC and CNBC, which are not normally part of the plan. Adding the $5 “Sports Extra” package offers access to an additional 130 hours of golf coverage on The Golf Channel. Sling TV is available on Mac, Windows, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Android TV, iOS, Xbox One and more.
(Note: Your credit card is automatically charged if the plan isn’t canceled before the free trial expires.)