How to Watch the 2016 Rio Olympics Live Stream and on TV?

The 2016 Rio Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil between 5-21 August 2016. A common question that sports fans ask is how to watch the games on both a live stream and TV. No matter what country you might live in or find yourself during Rio 2016, there are a number of options for you to check out the action for what will be the eighth consecutive summer Olympics to be show on NBC and NBC Universal group of networks and systems to include NBC Sports Live Extra and NBCOlympics.com. If you would like to see the daily event schedule for the games, we have that posted along with the printable Rio schedule, and the individual sports schedules as we have them available to share with you. Enjoy the XXXI Olympiad!

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How to Watch the 2016 Rio Olympics Live Stream

NBC/NBC Sports: The network will live stream the 2016 Rio Games for US at: NBCSports.com/LiveExtra. In order to watch the games live, you will need to have a login that comes with your cable or satellite provider.
BBC/BBC Sport Live Stream: BBC has the streaming rights in the United Kingdom for the Rio Games. Anyone who is in the UK can watch (or those who have a means to get around the BBC Geo-Blocker).
CBC/Radio-Canada: For Canadian fans the network will be showing the Rio Games live on TV and is considering a live stream, but is not yet confirmed.
Grupo Globo: The company has the broadcast rights for the Olympics in Brazil and will be shown on Rede Globo. The company will also likely stream the games for fans in the country to watch, but final details have not been released at the time of this writing.
CCTV and CCTV Sports: The company will offer live streaming for Chinese and other Asian countries. CCTV in English will also show the games.

When Do the 2016 Olympic Games and Live Stream Broadcast Start?

The 2016 Olympic coverage will begin with the Opening Ceremony that takes place on Friday, August 5th, 2016. NBC will feature a primetime show between August 5-21, 2016 hosted by Bob Costas. Ryan Seacrest will be featured on the light night coverage of the games for U.S. viewers. The live stream and over the air broadcast of the games will be covered by: NBC Sports Live Extra, BBC Sport, CCTV sports

2016 Rio Olympics Schedule

If you would like a rough idea of the overall Olympics schedule with regards to dates and venues, we have those listed for you to help with your viewing schedule next. We also have the individual sporting event schedules posted here for you to enjoy.

Archery: Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí (Aug. 6 – 12)
Badminton: Riocentro – Pavillion 4 (Aug. 11 – 20)
Basketball: Olympic Training Center – Hall 1 (Aug. 6 – 21)
Boxing: Riocentro – Pavilion 2 (Aug. 6 – 21)
Canoeing (slalom competition): Olympic Whitewater Stadium (Aug. 7 – 11)
Canoeing (sprints competition): Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (Aug. 15 – 20)
Cycling (Track): Rio Olympic Velodrome (Aug. 11- 16)
Cycling (Mountain Biking): Olympic Mountain Bike Park (Aug. 20 – 21)
Cycling (Road): Flamengo Park (Aug. 6 – 10)
Cycling (BMX): Olympic BMX Center (Aug. 17 – 19)
Diving: Maria Lenk Aquatic Center (Aug. 7 – 9)
Equestrian: National Equestrian Center (Aug. 7 – 19)
Fencing: Olympic Training Center – Hall 3 (Aug. 6 – 14)
Field Hockey: Olympic Hockey Center (Aug. 7 – 20)
Golf: Reserva de Marapendi (Men play Aug. 11 – 14; Women play Aug. 17 – 20)
Gymnastics: Arena Olímpica do Rio (Aug. 6 – 21)
Handball: Olympic Training Center (Aug. 6 -21)
Judo: Olympic Training Center – Hall 2 (Aug. 6 – 12)
Marathon: Sambódromo (women’s marathon on Aug. 14; men’s marathon on Aug. 21)
Modern Pentathlon: Deodoro Modern Pentathlon Park (Aug. 18 -21)
Race Walking: Flamengo Park (men’s 20-kilometer Aug. 12; men’s 50-kilometer Aug. 19; women’s 20-kilometer Aug. 19)
Rowing: Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (Aug. 6 – 13)
Rugby Sevens: Deodoro (Aug. 6 – 11)
Sailing: Marina da Gloria (Aug. 5 – 21)
Shooting: National Shooting Center (Aug. 6 – 14)
Soccer(Football): Five venues around Brazil (Aug. 3 – 20)
Rio de Janeiro – Estádio Olímpico João Havelange and Estádio do Maracanã
Swimming (pool events): Olympic Aquatics Stadium (Aug. 6 – 13)
Swimming (open water events): Fort Copacabana (Aug. 15 – 16)
Synchronized Swimming: Maria Lenk Aquatic Center (Aug. 15 – 20)
Table Tennis: Riocentro – Pavilion 3 (Aug. 6 – 17)
Taekwondo: Olympic Training Center – Hall 2 (Aug. 17 – 20)
Tennis: Olympic Tennis Center (Aug. 6 -14)
Track and Field: João Havelange Stadium (Aug. 12 – 21)
Triathlon: Fort Copacabana (Aug. 18 – 20)
Volleyball (beach): Copacabana Beach (Aug. 6 -21)
Volleyball (indoor): Ginásio do Maracanãzinho (Aug. 7 – 21)
Water Polo: Maria Lenk Aquatic Center (Aug. 6 – 20)
Weightlifting: Riocentro – Pavilion 6 (Aug. 6 – 16)
Wrestling: Olympic Training Center – Hall 3 (Aug. 14 – 21)

How to Watch the 2016 Rio Olympics on TV?

Depending on what country you are living in or visiting during the Olympics, it may not be straight forward on what TV network will be showing the games in your area. We have compiled a listing of the TV networks that will be showing the 2016 Rio Games below. If you note any that we have missed, please shoot us a note through the contact page on the site, and we will add in a timely manner.

Country/Area Network
Asia Dentsu
Australia Seven Network
Austria ORF
Azerbaijan İTV
Belgium VRT
Brazil Rede Globo Rede Record Rede Bandeirantes ESPN Fox Sports SporTV
Bulgaria BNT TV+
Canada CBC/Radio-Canada
Caribbean CANOC Broadcasting Inc. CBU CWC ESPN
Central Asia Dentsu
Chile TVN
China CCTV
Colombia Caracol Televisión Canal RCN
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
Lithuania LNK Lietuvos rytas TV MTG
Japan Japan Consortium
Malaysia Astro RTM
Mexico Canal 22 Canal Once
Middle East ASBU
Netherlands NOS
New Zealand Sky Television
Nigeria DAAR Communications Plc NTA Hip TV
Norway TV 2
Philippines Sports5 (TV5 AksyonTV Hyper Cignal)
Poland TVP
Portugal RTP Sport TV
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-Sahara Africa SuperSport Infront Sports & Media
Sweden MTG
Switzerland SRG SSR
Tanzania Azam Media
Turkey FOX
Ukraine NTKU
United Kingdom BBC
United States NBC
Venezuela TVes