Are The 2016 Olympics Aired Live? Rio Doesn't Have That Big Of A Time Difference

Last time the summer Olympics rolled around, the Games took place in London — with a five-hour time difference between it and the East Coast of the states. Sports fans could be forgiven for not wanting to watch the games live, since they didn't exactly occur in primetime. Rio de Janeiro, on the other hand, is only an hour ahead of the United States' East Coast, which is barely any difference at all. Does that mean the Olympics will be aired live?

Nope. This year you also can't expect to see the opening ceremony or events broadcast in real time. According to philly.com, "NBC hasn't aired an Opening Ceremonies live since the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and hasn't aired a summer Opening Ceremonies live since 1996 in Atlanta." This year is no exception. If you want to watch the opening of the games on television, you'll have to wait until primetime. But that doesn't mean that there's no live coverage of any of the sports. Through NBC, its cable affiliates, and its app, NBC claims that Rio will be the "most live Olympics ever." Here's how to catch some of the live action if you can't wait for the highlights in primetime.

Get The NBC App

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The NBC Sports app will get you access to 4,500 hours of live Olympic coverage, according to NBC. The app works on desktops, mobile devices, and tablets, plus connected TVs, but the catch is that you have to be a paying TV customer to get it.

The Golf Channel

Certain events will have their own live coverage on different NBC-affiliated channels. If golf's your thing, The Golf Channel will bring you the men's and women's competition live.

Bravo

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If tennis is your game, on the other hand, Bravo is your hookup for live tennis coverage.

So, between its app and affiliate channels and primetime coverage, August on NBC will pretty much be all Olympics all the time.

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