Want to catch every bit of action from the 2016 Rio Olympics but don’t have cable? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Even if you have cable, you should still consider finding a way to stream the games. With 356 hours of Olympic coverage per day across the NBCU networks, according to NBC.com, it’s doubtful you will be able to catch all the important moments just sitting in front of your TV. So here are some other ways you can get your fill of the Olympics. Mark your calendars. The games start on Friday.
1. The NBC Sports App
The NBC Sports app will live stream 4,500 total hours of Olympic coverage, according to the NBC Olympics website. Though the app is for authenticated pay-TV subscribers via TV everywhere, you will be able to stream to desktops, mobile devices, and tablets, plus connected TVs for the first time. So now would be a good time to find out if you can access your parent’s account.
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If you are one of those people who is concerned over your phone’s storage space, then you will be pleased to hear that you can get the Olympics on your Roku. You will have to add the NBC Sports Live Extra channel to your Roku device to gain access. But once you do, you will also be able to access your Roku account on your computer and mobile devices. Again, this would be a good time to find out if any of your friends or family have an account that you can gain access to.
Now this is a great way to get around paying to stream the Olympic games. Snapchat has scored a deal with NBC that will allow them to stream highlights from the Olympics throughout the games.
According to Bloomberg, Snapchat will set up a dedicated channel on the mobile app for the games in Rio. BuzzFeed, which has teamed up with NBC for the games, will gather short clips and behind-the-scenes content and drop them into a Discover channel on the app for two weeks, while Snapchat creates daily “live stories” using content from NBC, athletes and sports fans at the scene.
Facebook has also entered into a partnership with NBC to help bring the Olympics to a wider audience. According to an announcement, NBC Olympics and Facebook will team up to create a “Social Command Center” in Rio. The “Command Center” will provide Facebook Live content, such as event highlights and interviews with NBC Olympics commentators and athletes.