07:33, 3 Aug 2016
It seems like it was only yesterday that London was hosting the summer Olympic games. It’s hard to believe four years has already passed. Yet here we are again on the verge of the next summer Olympics, which begins on Friday, August 5th. That day the XXXI Olympiad, colloquially known as the 2016 Rio Olympics, will kick off with the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In years past your only option to catch the games was on broadcast television. But with the advent of streaming internet video, apps, and more you can now catch the 2016 Olympics on virtually any device you own. In this post we’ll detail where to find the 2016 Rio Olympics on every device you have.
How to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics: On television in the UK
If you want to watch the Olympics in the UK on television you only have one option: the BBC. As with the 2012 games, the BBC has exclusive rights to broadcast the 2016 games in the UK. Thankfully, this is a win for everyone considering how fantastic their coverage was of the 2012 games (whereas, in the US, NBC was criticized for its poor coverage).
In total the BBC will be broadcasting over 3,000 hours of the games. BBC One and BBC Four will be the primary channels the games will run on, with each showing events and programs from 1pm until 4am each day.
How to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics: On the web in the UK
If you want to watch the games on the web in the UK you have even more choices. BBC will be streaming a whopping 24 HD streams of 2016 Olympics coverage across its website. Simply go to the BBC Sport website to see where you can catch all the live streams. Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will also be streaming radio coverage online.
If you prefer waiting until events are over for the day to catch up and see highlights, turn to the official Olympics YouTube channel. This channel will have daily roundups of all the action, you just won’t be able to watch events live as they happen.
Alternately, if you just want to catch quick stats and highlights, doing a simple Google search will show medal tables, key events, and video highlights of the games.
How to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics: On the web outside the UK
While the BBC’s streaming coverage will probably be second to none, if you do prefer to watch the games via an international source, simply log into a VPN and then set your country’s location to whichever you prefer.
How to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics: On your iPhone, Android phone, or Windows Phone
When it comes to watching the games on your mobile phone, you’re really spoilt for choice. There are several dedicated apps you could use. The most important one will be the BBC iPlayer app for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Alternately you could also use the official BBC Olympics app for Android and iOS or the BBC Sport app for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
While you can’t live stream most events with it, the official Rio 2016 app for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone and the official Olympics for iOS and Android are good places to catch highlights and the latest stats from the games.
How to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics: On your iPad or Android tablet
Most of the apps above are also made for tablets.
How to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics: In virtual reality
for the first time ever portions of the Olympic games will be broadcast in virtual reality. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear any VR content will be available in UK-based apps. The place you’ll need to go to view the games in VR is the NBC Sports for Android. but in order to access the actual content, you’ll need to use a VPN to make it look like you are in the US. Once you’ve done that grab your Samsung Gear VR compatible device and Samsung Gear VR headset and download the NBC Sports app within the Oculus store and you are off to watching the games in a truly first-ever format. Full details on NBC’s VR Olympic programming can be found here.
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