Cord Cutter Olympic TV Guide: August 18-21

Don’t miss the Final Days of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

We’re halfway through the week and things are still going swimmingly for the US in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Even though we’re more than halfway through the quadrennial event, we still have a LOT of Olympic events left; which means we still have a lot to cover ourselves.

Want to watch the Olympics without cable? Good, because that’s exactly what we’re going to discuss today. And for those of you already in the know, we’ve got an in-depth schedule for you that’s going to show you WHEN and WHERE to watch the Olympics. Without further ado, let’s get started!

What Stations are the Olympics on?

The Olympics will air on the following channels: NBC, CNBC, Golf Channel, Telemundo, NBC UNIVERSO (Spanish language), Bravo, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), USA Network, and two Specialty channels (Basketball and Soccer).

Here’s how to watch them:

Watching the Olympics Over-the-air

Using a simple over-the-air (OTA) antenna, you can pick up the NBC broadcast network, which is a huge plus. NBC has and will continue to air hundreds of hours of Olympic coverage for free.

If you love free stuff this is the option you want to go with, because after the Olympics are over you’ll still have this handy dandy antenna that will provide THOUSANDS of hours of HD television from the major broadcast networks FOR FREE. So even if you’re not an Olympic addict, an antenna is still a great investment for any  aspiring cord cutter.

Watching Olympics using Select TV

Speaking of free stuff, be sure to check out Select TV’s coverage of the Olympics. For those of you unaware, Select TV is an online streaming service that aggregates all of the free television content floating around the internet and puts it into one convenient guide for $2.99 a month. With this valuable service, you can watch live sports and pick the broadcaster of your choice. It’s not 100% coverage, but it’s pretty darn good for free.

Sling TV & PlayStation Vue

In order to get complete coverage of the Olympics, you’re going to either need Sling TV or PlayStation Vue. Both services will give you access to all of the networks needed for complete coverage and both services cost around the same.

Here’s a brief breakdown

Sling TV – For $25 a month, you can subscribe to Sling’s Blue package and get access to NBC Sports Network, Bravo, and USA. With NBCSN alone you can stream every event live from within the NBC Sports app or website, and with the other networks you can catch the official broadcast of the events.

If you want to pick up the Golf Channel, you have to spend $5 to get the Sports Extra add-on. MSNBC and CNBC come with the World News Extra, but are temporarily included as a free preview in the Sling Blue package for the duration of the Olympics.

Playstation Vue – The $30 a month Access plan will get you NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, and USA. If you upgrade to the $35 a month Core plan you can also get the Golf Channel. Since both services are similar, it all boils down to personal preference.

Now that we’ve got the HOW to without cable out of the way, let’s dive into the WHEN and WHERE.

Below you will find an in-depth schedule of Olympic events over the next several days and into the weekend.

Thursday – August 18

  • Golf Channel: 6:30 PM- 3:00 PM     
    • Women’s Golf, Second Round
  • NBCSN: 8:00 AM – 11:20 AM
    • Track & Field: Men’s 400m Hurdles Final, Canoe/Kayak
    • Sprint Finals
  • NBC: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • Track & Field: Men’s 400m Hurdles Final
    • Canoe/Kayak
    • Sprint Finals
  • USA: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Men’s Triathlon
    • Women’s Badminton
    • Doubles Final
  • Telemundo: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    • Synchronized Swimming
    • Track & Field
  • NBCSN: 11:20 PM – 2:00 PM
    • Men’s Water Polo, Semifinal
    • Women’s Wrestling
    • Freestyle Qualifying
    • Men’s Field Hockey, Third-Place Match
  • NBC: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM 
    • Women’s Volleyball, Semifinal
  • Telemundo: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    • Women’s Beach Volleyball, Final
  • NBC: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM 
    • Women’s Diving, Platform Semifinal
    • BMX, Men’s Quarterfinals
  • NBCSN/OBC: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    • Women’s Basketball, Semifinal
  • MSNBC: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM           
    • Sailing, Finals
    • Women’s Handball, Semifinals
  • NBC: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
    • Men’s Water Polo, Semifinal
    • Synchronized Swimming, Team Qualifying
  • NBCSN: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM            
    • Women’s Wrestling
    • Freestyle Finals
  • NBC Universo: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    • Women’s Volleyball, Semifinal
  • CNBC: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM  
    • Taekwondo, Quarterfinals and Semifinals
    • Modern Pentathlon
    • Fencing
  • NBCSN/OBC: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    • Women’s Basketball, Semifinal
  • CNBC: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    • Men’s Field Hockey, Final
  • NBCSN: 8:00 PM – 9:45 PM            
    • Men’s Beach Volleyball, Third Place Match
    • Men’s Boxing
    • Light Heavyweight Final
  • NBC: 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM 
    • Track & Field, Finals: Men’s Shot Put (7:30 PM), Women’s Javelin (8:10 PM), Men’s 1500m Decathlon (8:45 PM), Women’s 400m Hurdles (9:15 PM), Men’s 200m (9:30 PM)   
    • Women’s Diving, Platform Final
    • Men’s Beach Volleyball, Final
  • NBCSN: 9:45 PM – 12:00 AM
    • Women’s Volleyball, Semifinal
    • Taekwondo, Finals
  • NBC:12:35 AM – 1:35 AM 
    • Men’s Beach Volleyball, Medal Round

Friday – August 19

  • Golf Channel: 6:30 PM – 3:00 PM
    • Women’s Golf, Third Round
  • NBC: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    • Men’s Track & Field. 50k Walk Final
  • USA: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    • Women’s Water Polo, Third Place Match
    • Men’s Badminton, Singles Semifinal
  • NBC: 10:00 AM – 12:10 PM
    • Equestrian, Individual Jumping Final
    • Synchronized Swimming, Team Final
    • Canoe/Kayak
    • Sprint Semifinals
  • MSNBC: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • Women’s Badminton, Final
  • NBCSN: 11:00 AM – 2:15 PM
    • Men’s Wrestling, Freestyle Qualifying
    • Taekwondo, Qualifying
    • Rhythmic Gymnastics, Individual Qualifying
  • USA: 11:30 PM – 1:00 PM
    • Women’s Field Hockey, Third Place Game
    • Men’s Badminton, Singles Semifinal
  • Telemundo: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    • Synchronized Swiming
    • Track & Field
  • MSNBC/OSC: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    • Women’s Soccer, Third Place Match
  • NBC: 12:10 PM – 2:00 PM
    • Men’s Volleyball, Semifinal
  • Telemundo: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    • Boxing
  • NBC: 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
    • BMX, Finals
    • Women’s Water Polo, Final
  • MSNBC: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    • Men’s Handball, Semifinal
    • Women’s Modern Pentathlon
  • NBCSN/OBC: 2:15 PM – 4:30 PM
    • Men’s Basketball, Semifinal
  • Telemundo: 3:30 PM – TBA
    • Rhythmic Gymnastics, Individual Qualifying
  • NBC: 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
    • Equestrian, Individual Jumping Final
    • Rhythmic Gymnastics, Individual Qualifying
  • MSNBC: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    • Women’s Field Hockey, Final
  • NBCSN/Telemundo/NBC Universo/OSC: 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    • Women’s Soccer, Final
  • CNBC: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    • Men’s Wrestling, Freestyle Final
  • CNBC, NBC Universo: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    • Men’s Basketball, Semifinal, (NBC Universo, 7:00 PM)
  • NBCSN: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM     
    • Men’s Handball, Semifinal
  • NBC: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
    • Track & Field, Finals: Women’s Pole Vault (7:30 PM), Men’s Hammer (8:05 PM), Women’s 5000m (8:40 PM), Women’s 4x100m Relay (9:15 PM), Men’s 4x100m Relay (9:35 PM)
    • Men’s Diving, Platform Qualifying
  • NBCSN: 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
    • Men’s Volleyball, Semifinal
    • Women’s Modern Pentathlon
    • Boxing, Semifinal
    • Taekwondo, Final
  • NBC: 11:35 PM – 12:35 AM
    • Canoe/Kayak
    • Sprint Semifinals

Saturday – August 20

  • Golf Channel: 6:30 PM – 3:00 PM
    • Women’s Golf, Final Round   LIVE
  • USA: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    • Rhythmic Gymnastics, Group Qualifications 
  • NBC:10:00 AM – 2:15 PM
    • Women’s Triathlon, Final
  • USA/OBC: 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM
    • Women’s Basketball, Third Place Game
  • NBCSN/Telemundo/OSC: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    • Men’s Soccer, Third Place Match
  • MSNBC: 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    • Women’s Volleyball, Third Place Match
    • Men’s Badminton, Third Place Match
  • USA: 12:15 PM – 2:15 PM
    • Men’s Water Polo, Third Place Match
    • Women’s Handball,Third Place Match
  • NBC: 12:15 PM – 2:30 PM
    • Canoe/Kayak, Sprint Final
    • Men’s Diving,10m Platform Semifinal
    • Women’s Golf, Final Round
  • Telemundo: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    • Boxing, Finals
  • NBC: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    • Men’s Wrestling, Freestyle Qualifying
    • Women’s Cycling, Mountain Bike Final
  • USA: 2:15 PM – 5:00 PM
    • Rhythmic Gymnastics, Individual All-Around Final
    • Men’s Badminton, Singles Final
  • NBC/OBC: 2:30 PM – 4:45 PM
    • Women’s Basketball, Final
  • MSNBC: 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
    • Women’s Handball, Final
  • Telemundo: 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Men’s Soccer, Final
  • NBC: 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM
    • Men’s Water Polo, Final
  • USA: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    • Boxing, Finals
    • Men’s Wrestling, Finals
  • NBC: 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM
    • Track & Field, Finals: Women’s High Jump (7:30 PM), Men’s Javelin (7:55 PM), Men’s 1500m (8:00 PM), Women’s 800m (8:15 PM), Men’s 5000m (8:30 PM), Women’s 4x400m Relay (9:00 PM), Men’s 4x400m Relay (9:35 PM)
  • Women’s Volleyball, Final
    • Men’s Diving, Platform Final
  • USA: 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM
    • Men’s Modern Pentathlon
    • Taekwondo, Finals
  • NBC: 12:30 AM – 1:30 AM
    • Rhythmic Gymnastics, All-Around Final

Sunday – August 21

  • USA    8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    • Men’s Volleyball, Third Place Match 
  • NBC: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    • Men’s Track & Field, Marathon
  •  USA: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    • Men’s Handball, Third Place Match
  •  NBCSN/OBC: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    • Men’s Basketball, Third Place Game
  •  NBC: 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
    • Rhythmic Gymnastics, Group Final
  •  USA:11:30 AM – 1:15 PM
    • Men’s Cycling, Mountain Bike Final
  •  NBC: 12:15 PM – 2:15 PM
    • Men’s Volleyball, Final
  •  NBCSN: 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
    • Men’s Wrestling, Freestyle Finals
    • Boxing, Finals
  •  USA: 1:15 PM – 3:00 PM
    • Men’s Handball, Final
  • NBC : 2:15 PM – 5:00 PM
    • Men’s Basketball, Final
  •  NBC: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    • “Rio Gold”
  •  NBC: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
    • Closing Ceremony

We’re coming up on the final few days of the Olympics, and the one question on everyone’s mind is “will the US keep the medal lead”? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!

KilltheCableBill

More Posts by KilltheCableBill

Founded in 2011, KilltheCableBill.com is one of the top resources online for cord cutters and cord-nevers.

Millions of people are canceling their cable TV subscription, in favor of cable TV alternatives that offer the same or similar services at a fraction of the price. What would you do with an extra $100 month?

Simple, Cost Effective Cable TV Alternatives.

Founded in 2011, KilltheCableBill.com is one of the top resources online for cord cutters and cord-nevers.

Millions of people are canceling their cable TV subscription, in favor of cable TV alternatives that offer the same or similar services at a fraction of the price. What would you do with an extra $100 month?

Simple, Cost Effective Cable TV Alternatives.

Contact Uscontrol
  • Phone: 1-855-446-6648
  • Address: Dock 1053, 1053 E Whitaker Mill Rd,
    Raleigh, N.C. 27604