The 2016 Olympics in Rio have been a roller coaster ride for some nations, but for the United States it’s been a dream come true. We have continued to dominate the Olympic games with the most gold medals out of any other country. Expect that gap widen even further as we get ready for another exciting week of Olympic events.
If you haven’t quite cut the cord yet and you’re looking for a way to watch the Olympic without cable, then this is the place you want to be. In just a minute I will not only show you how to keep cable out of your 2016 Olympic experience but you’ll also get an in-depth look at some of this week’s upcoming event. Let’s get started!
To get the ball rolling, here are the networks that are broadcasting the Olympics this year: NBC, Telemundo, Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), NBC UNIVERSO (Spanish language), USA Network, and two Specialty channels (Basketball and Soccer). Now let’s talk about how to get coverage online and over-the-air.
There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but with Select TV (by the people who brought you Rabbit TV) it’s as close as you can get. This online streaming service aggregates a ton of free web and television content into one simple guide for $2.99 a month; and for the 2016 Olympics, Select TV has turned their eyes towards Rio so that you’ll be able to watch countless Olympic events for free.
If you go here, you can check out Select TV‘s free Olympic streaming guide with dozens of live events to choose from as well as your choice of broadcasters. It is by no means complete coverage, but if you like things for free and you love the Olympics, it’s hard to do better.
Word to the wise: Some of the events are geo-locked by broadcasters, but with a handy dandy VPN you can get around that.
Continuing the discussion on inexpensive ways to catch the games, lets talk about our favorite option: broadcasts for free using an over-the-air (OTA) antenna. You might recognize this device as the trusty rabbit ears of your youth, but today’s modern version of the OTA antenna is a lot sleeker and more reliable than the antenna of yesteryear. Just take a look at the Mohu Leaf and you’ll see what I mean.
With an OTA antenna, you’ll be able to get access to NBC, which is set to broadcast hundreds of hours of Olympic events all the way to the closing ceremonies. Because it is literally impossible to watch every event on one network, you won’t get COMPLETE coverage with NBC but you’ll get all the moments that matter most.
But if you’re a completist, then you’re going to want to take a look at one more option.
The easiest way to watch the Olympics without cable is to subscribe to either Sling TV or PlayStation Vue. Both services will give you live streaming access to television stations, including the one’s airing the Olympics, and both do it for a pretty reasonable rate. Here’s the breakdown.
To watch the Olympics with PlayStation Vue, a subscription to the $30 a month Access package will net you NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, and USA. If you chip in another $5 for the Core package, you’ll also get the Golf channel. With your access to NBC Sports Network, you will be able to live stream every event from the NBC Sports app and website as well; which is a huge plus if there is a specific event you’re looking for.
As far as Sling TV Olympic coverage goes, you’re going to want to get the Sling TV Blue package for $25 a month. That’s going to net you NBC Sports Network, Bravo, and USA. If you want the additional coverage from MSNBC and CNCBC, go ahead and grab the World News Extra for $5 a month. To get the Golf Channel, pick up the Sports Extra for the same price.
Both Sling TV and PlayStation Vue are equal options, so pick whichever one you like the most. Now let’s take a look at the upcoming event for this week.
Tuesday – August 16
Wednesday – August 17
Do you think the US will widen their medal gap this week or will Great Britain and China catch up to us? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media. And check back later in the week for more info on upcoming Olympic events!
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