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Q and A: Can I Watch the Olympics on Roku?

August 4, 2016 - 21:48 -- RokuGuide

Rio 2016Q: I canceled my cable subscription and now I find that much of the 2016 Summer Olympics Games coverage from Rio is on cable channels. How can I watch the Olympics on Roku without a cable subscription?

A: Rio de Janeiro, host of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, is in the Brasília Time Zone, which is only one hour ahead of U.S. Eastern Time. This makes it very convenient for American viewers to watch live coverage of the Olympic competitions. NBCUniversal, which holds broadcast rights in the USA for the Olympic Games through 2032, is taking advantage of this by broadcasting an unprecedented 2,084 of programming across 11 networks in what they call "the most live Olympics ever."

Over 260 hours of this coverage will be on the flagship NBC network, available free through local over-the-air affiliates. Spanish-language coverage will be available on Telemundo. The rest of the coverage, though, will be on pay TV - cable and satellite. Roku users have two options for watching the cable channel coverage. Subscribers to many cable and satellite TV services can watch live coverage and replay full competitions using the NBC Sports app on Roku. If you don't have a cable or satellite subscription, you can still watch hundreds of video highlights from the Olympic Games.

Sling TV subscribers with the Sling Blue option can watch live stream broadcasts from NBC Sports Network, Brave, and USA Network. Subscribers with the World News Extra add-on can also watch coverage on CNBC and MSNBC. If you aren't already a Sling TV subscriber, you can get a free 7-day trial here.

Our article How to watch the 2016 Summer Olympics on Roku has much more information on what is available and how to find it.