2016 Olympics Live Stream: How to Watch With or Without Cable

Here are the most important details about the 2016 Olympics live stream that viewers need to know. We’ll outline how to watch the Rio Olympics opening ceremony live, the 2016 Olympics dates and the Rio Olympics schedule that will let you know when to tune in and where to watch the Rio Olympics live stream.

The 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony is at 7 PM Eastern / 4 PM Pacific on Friday August 5th.

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If you want to watch the U.S. Olympic team walk into the Opening Ceremony you will need to tune in earlier than usual. In Rio the United States teams will walk in alphabetically under Estados Unidos, so you can’t wait for the end of the show to tune in.

How to watch the 2016 Olympics live stream. lazyllama / Shutterstock.com

How to watch the 2016 Olympics live stream. lazyllama / Shutterstock.com

The 2016 Olympic games started on August 3rd, and continue on August 4th with plenty of soccer matches as part of “Day -1”. On Friday August 5th Day 0 arrives with Archery events and then the 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony at 7 PM Eastern.

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Starting the next day viewers will see the Rio Olympics go into full swing with events starting as early as 7:30 AM Eastern and stretching until 10 PM Eastern with multiple Olympic medal ceremonies on Saturday August 6th.

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Without wasting your time this is the most important information you need to know about the 2016 Olympics live stream, schedule and medal ceremonies.

2016 Olympics Live Streaming

You can watch the 2016 Olympics live stream on your iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac or PC. With the right setup you can even stream the Rio Olympics to your TV using one of these devices.

How to watch the Rio Olympics live stream on iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, PC and TV. M. Primakov / Shutterstock.com

How to watch the Rio Olympics live stream on iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, PC and TV. M. Primakov / Shutterstock.com

If you want to watch the 2016 Olympics live stream on your iPhone, Android or tablet while on the go or while you work — you aren’t alone. According to Phunware,

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“77% of consumers say they’re at least somewhat likely to access this year’s Olympic events and content on a mobile device, with 54% citing the ability to watch live as their primary reason. What’s more, 70% of those who will be using mobile say they plan to watch directly on a smartphone or tablet,” instead of simply using the phone or tablet to complement watching on a TV.

NBC promises over 4,500 hours of Rio Olympics live streaming programs — including matches that don’t make it to broadcast TV.

The best place to watch the 2016 Olympics live streams is on the NBC Olympics website or on the NBC Olympics app. This app is available for most mobile devices and for TV connected devices.

You do need a cable subscription to watch the NBC Olympics live stream on the NBC Sports apps, but you can watch 30 minutes free without a cable subscription.

Users can also watch on Windows 10 or on their Mac at NBC Olympics. You can use this guide to connect your Mac to a TV.

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How to Watch the 2016 Olympics Live Stream Without Cable

If you don’t have cable, you can still watch the 2016 Olympics live stream, but you will need to pay for access.

Sling TV is the go to option to watch the Rio Olympics without subscribing to cable, but you can also use PlayStation Vue if it is available in your city.

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How to watch the 2016 Olympic live stream without cable.

How to watch the 2016 Olympic live stream without cable.

With Sling TV you can get a 7-day free trial, but if you want to watch the full Rio Olympics you will need to pay for a month of service. There is no contract and you can quit after the games are over if you want.

Read: Sling TV: Things to Know Before You Subscribe

Sling offers NBCUniversal’s Rio Olympics coverage to Sling Blue customers on Bravo, NBC, NBC Sports Network and USA. Upgrade to the Sports Extra package for $5 to unlock 130 hours of live golf coverage. Users can also watch Spanish coverage on NBC Universo.

All Sling customers get a free preview of MXNBC and CNBC which will air 120 hours of the 2016 Olympics live stream programming.

If you are a Sling Orange customer you can add Sling Blue to your package with a $5 discount. Sling TV offers apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple TV and the ability to watch on Mac and PC.

2016 Olympics Schedule & Live Stream Schedule

You can use the NBC Olympics site to see the Rio Olympics live stream schedule so you know when to tune in. You can sort by sport and top athletes like Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps.

Another option is to use the Google Olympic schedule that lets you sort by country, sport and athlete as well as offers a fast way to track medals.