If you don’t have cable, don’t worry – you can still follow the 2016 Rio Games.
And we’re not just saying you should follow all the athletes on Instagram. (Which you should do, by the way.) Olympic programming airs on 11 different channels: NBC, Telemundo, Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network, NBC Universo and USA Network plus “specialty channels” for basketball and soccer.
NBC will be live-streaming the whole thing online and through its NBC Sports app, if you can borrow a cable login from a cool friend. If not, there are a few other workarounds.
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Download a Free Internet TV Trial
You can sign up for a free trial on either Sling TV or PlayStationVue, which air most of the Olympic channels. Just make sure to cancel your trial after seven days or else you’ll start getting charged. You can put the Sling and Vue free trials back-to-back, giving you 14 days of free Olympic watching pleasure.
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Set Up Google Alerts
This isn’t watching the Olympics per se, but you’ll easily be able to search events on Google and follow results in real-time. The Olympics also has a YouTube channel, where we suspect organizers will upload highlights of the Games.
Go the Antenna Route
Pay for a $30 HD antenna, which will gives you access to the events on NBC and Telemundo.
To learn more about all Olympic hopefuls, visit teamusa.org. The Rio Olympics begin this Friday, Aug. 5, on NBC.