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How to watch the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Author: Jamie/Tuesday, July 12, 2016/Categories: Entertainment, Sports, Special

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The Games XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil begins with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, August 5th and concludes Sunday, August 21st with the Closing Ceremony. Time to set your DVR!

Since Rio is just 1-hour ahead of us, we'll see the most live Olympics TV coverage ever. Matter of fact, Rio will have 40 times more TV programming than the 1996 Atlanta games. You'll also have plenty of On Demand Rio Olympic shows to leisurely enjoy!

Armstrong Television fans on-the-go can stream all games LIVE and On Demand online at and download the free NBC Sports mobile app in the App Store, Google Play, or Windows store*. To watch, select Armstrong and sign-in with your Armstrong username and password on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Need an account? Register now for an account.

Here's a summary of each network's Olympic coverage: 


  • On Friday, August 5th and Sunday, August 21st, NBC televised the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
  • Daytime (10am - 5pm), primetime (8pm-12am), and late-night (12:35am - 1:35am) coverage features popular sports such as swimming, gymnastics, track and field, diving, beach volleyball, volleyball, and the men's and women's basketball finals. 
  • Athlete and medal-winner features and interviews

NBC Sports Network (NBCSN)

  • NBCSN covers over 20 sports, more than any other TV network, and showcases Team USA women's soccer, men's & women's basketball. 
  • Saturday, August 6th to Sunday, August 21st, coverage 8am-midnight includes track and field, archery, boxing, cycling, fencing, field hockey, judo, open water swimming, rugby, shooting, soccer, synchronized swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling, and more.
  • Wednesday, August 3rd, see women's soccer before Opening Ceremonies.

Golf Channel

  • Golf returns to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years.
  • Men's and women's Olympic Golf competition includes in-depth analysis previews, recaps, and news coverage.
  • Men's: Thursday, August 11th - Sunday, August 14th
  • Women's: Wednesday, August 17th - Saturday, August 20th


  • Home of the Olympic tennis Sunday, August 6th to Sunday, August 14th - 9:30am - 10pm the first 5 days and 11am-7pm the final 4 days.
  • Women's singles final is Saturday, August 13th and men's singles final is Sunday, August 14th.


  • Saturday, August 6th to Friday, August 19th from 5-8pm follows regular business and financial programming.
  • Showcasing elimination-rounds of basketball, volleyball, archery, beach volleyball, cycling, rugby, water polo, wrestling, and more.


  • Saturday, August 6th to Saturday, August 20th from Noon-5pm covers men's basketball, beach volleyball, rugby, volleyball, water polo, and more.

USA Network

  •  Coverage 2 days before Opening Ceremonies with women's soccer coverage Wednesday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 21st. 
  • Coverage 9am-5pm in addition to weekend programming includes men's basketball, beach volleyball, cycling, rowing, synchronized swimming, volleyball, water polo, and more.

Telemundo and NBC Universo

  • Both networks provide the most extensive Olympic coverage in the history of U.S. Spanish-language TV, focusing on athletes from the United States and Latin America.
  • Coverage begins Wednesday, August 3rd with women's soccer through Sunday, August 21st. 
  • Highlighted will be the Mexican men's soccer team, defending their historic gold medal won 4 years ago in London.

*USA Network must be part of your Television package to stream the Olympic Games.


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