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How To Watch the 2016 Summer Olympics (Legally) Even if You Don't Have a TV

By Julia Bottles | August 5, 2016 12:11pm
 Fireworks burst above the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012.
Fireworks burst above the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012.
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NEW YORK CITY — The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are here and — until Aug. 21 — it's all anyone will be talking about.

Whether you're cheering on New York City's hometown heroes or you want to show off your national pride, you'll have to figure out a way to watch. 

Here are a few legal ways to make sure you don't miss any of the action:


If you don't have cable but do have a TV, break out the over-the-air antenna. NBC is showing primetime Olympics coverage on NBC 4 in New York, staring with the Opening Ceremonies Friday night at 7:30 p.m. 

Coverage of the events will be on NBC, NBC Sports, MSNBC and other NBC-owned channels. Full TV listings as well as a calendar of events are available here.


If you've got a cable log-in and want to watch on your computer, iPad or other device while you're out and about (or at work), you're in luck. NBC makes a large amount of its coverage available through NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. This will also allow you to stream coverage on Apple TV, Roku, Xbox and other services.

The live streaming coverage kicks off with a "Beauty Cam" of Copacabana Beach just to get you in the mood for games. Then the opening ceremony streaming coverage kicks off live on NBCOlympics.com at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Watch Parties

If you don't have a cable log-in or an over-the-air antenna to pick up network television, park yourself in a local bar that's showing the games. DNAinfo has broken down bars and restaurants with country-affiliations if you want to watch with other people who share your national pride. Or if drink deals are more your speed, you can check out these neutral locations that are still celebrating the Olympic spirit with drinks specials and parties.



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