Highlights of the 2016 Olympics TV Schedule for Cord Cutters
Posted July 28, 2016
How to Watch the Summer Olympics Online and Over-the-Air
Every four years the nations of the world come together to compete in the Olympics, squaring off on the athletic field for both personal and national pride. Even if you don’t like sports, you can’t help but watch with rapt attention as your nation vies for the coveted title of “World Champion”.
Just a week away, the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janerio will air exclusively on NBC owned networks, such as NBC Sports, USA, and (of course) the NBC broadcast network – from August 5th through the 21st.
How to watch the Olympics without Cable
The best part about the 2016 Olympics is that you don’t have to shell out a single dime to the cable companies in order to watch them. The Olympics will air on a total of seven television networks: NBC, NBC Sports Network, Bravo, USA, MSNBC, Golf Channel and CNBC. As you might have noticed, most of these are cable networks, but luckily for us you don’t need cable to access them.
Can’t Miss Olympic Events Schedule
To help amp up your Olympic spirit, here’s a short list of Olympic events you won’t want to miss (and how to watch them without cable). For a more complete list of the week-to-week events, follow us on Twitter as we will be releasing a new weekly schedule through the month of August.
**All Times Eastern**
August 5th – Olympic Opening Ceremonies, 7:30 PM , NBC
August 6th –
Men’s Basketball: USA vs. China, 6:00 PM, NBC Sports Network
Women’s Beach Volleyball: USA vs. Australia, NBC, 8:00 PM
August 7th – Women’s Gymnastics, 7:00 PM, NBC
August 8th – Women’s Basketball: USA vs. Spain, 11:00 AM, NBC Sports Network
August 12th –
Track and Field Qualifying, 8:00 AM, NBC Sports Network
With thousands of hours to cover, many of the major events will air on the NBC broadcast network. NBC is reported to be scheduled to air 260+ hours of Olympic coverage, including the opening and closing ceremonies; so if you want to catch the major events, simply get yourself an antenna.
If you are looking to catch the Olympic events airing on NBC Sports Network, Bravo, USA, MSNBC, Golf Channel or CNBC; a subscription to Sling TV will go a long way. The $25 a month Blue Subscription plan will net you NBC Sports Network, Bravo, and USA; giving you an addition 600+ hours of Olympic Coverage.
For an additional $5 you can get the Sports Extra package that includes the Golf channel, which is essential for those seeking Olympic golf coverage. And for another $5 you can purchase the World News Extra package, which will give you the MSNBC and CNBC coverage, which puts you at 100 percent.
All in all, you’ll spend about $35 to get complete coverage of the Olympics.
Alternatively, you could turn to the streaming service PlayStation Vue and get the same amount of coverage. If you subscribe to the Access plan, which is $30 a month, you can get access to NBC Sports Network, Bravo, USA, MSNBC, and CNBC. The only channel you’re missing is the Golf Channel; which you can access in the Core plan for $35 a month.
As you’ll notice, both plans for complete coverage will cost you the same about of money ($35) and price difference between the two cheapest plans (Sling’s $25 a month Blue plan and Vue’s $30 Access) are essentially offset by slightly different coverage. Ultimately, whether you pick Sling TV or PlayStation Vue lies in your personal preference. What remains true, regardless, is that you can watch the Summer Olympics without cable.
Which Olympic event are you most excited for? Do you plan on watching the opening ceremonies? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!