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!
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.
|Brazil||Rede Globo||Rede Record||Rede Bandeirantes||ESPN||Fox Sports||SporTV|
|Caribbean||CANOC Broadcasting Inc.||CBU||CWC||ESPN|
|Colombia||Caracol Televisión||Canal RCN|
|Czech Republic||ČT||TV Nova||Český Rozhlas|
|Latin America||América Móvil||DirecTV||ESPN||Fox Sports|
|Lithuania||LNK||Lietuvos rytas TV||MTG|
|Mexico||Canal 22||Canal Once|
|New Zealand||Sky Television|
|Nigeria||DAAR Communications Plc||NTA||Hip TV|
|South Asia||STAR India|
|Sub-Sahara Africa||SuperSport||Infront Sports & Media|