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2016 Rio Olympics Viewing Guide: What to Watch, Where, and When

2016 Rio Olympics Viewing Guide: What to Watch, Where, and When

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio kick off Friday, August 5, and will feature 42 sports and 306 medal events over the following 17 days. That's nearly 6,000 hours of athletic competition to take in, which is a lot for even the most dedicated sports fan. Enter this comprehensive guide, which will walk you through everything Rio Olympics related, from how to watch every single event to exactly when your favorite event is airing (hello, women's gymnastics!). Bookmark this page, plan your schedules accordingly, and go USA!

First things first, there's a lot airing on basic cable
NBC will air more than 260 hours of Olympic coverage, focusing on major sports including swimming, gymnastics, track and field, diving, volleyball, beach volleyball, and the finals for men’s and women’s basketball. And while it won't be 24/7, it will be pretty close: Coverage will take place from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., 8 P.M. to midnight, 12:35 A.M. to 1:35 A.M., and replays will air from 1:35 A.M. to 4:35 A.M.

And 11 different NBCUniversal networks will also be showing the Games
Tune in to Bravo for tennis (August 6-14); the Golf Channel for golf (obvi, August 11-14 and 17-20); and the following networks for assorted sports: CNBC (August 6-19); MSNBC (August 6-20), USA (August 3-21), NBC Universo (August 3-21), and NBC Sports Network (August 3-21).

No cable, no problem
Sling TV allows you to stream live TV and features every major channel covering this year's Rio Olympics (you will need a subscription to watch, though). Playstation Vue is another subscription service that will allow you to stream the Games without a cable subscription. Both offer seven day free trials.

If you want to watch it all, you can
There has never been this much live coverage of the Olympic Games before. NBCOlympics.com will live stream all of the Olympic events, which you can watch through your connected TV or mobile device by downloading the NBC Sports app to your Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Xbox, or your smartphone. The one catch? You need to have a cable subscription and provide your credentials to log in.

But if you want to tune in selectively, that's fine too
NBC has a complete live stream schedule that you can check out and set reminders for the events you don't want to miss.

Speaking of events you don't want to miss, here's a look at the highlights of this year's Games — what to watch and when:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 Don't miss: The Opening Ceremonies, which kick off at 7 P.M. (All times are EDT.)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 Don't miss: U.S. Men's Gymnastics Qualifications (1:30 P.M. to 4 P.M.), and Women's Swimming (9 P.M. to 11 P.M.)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7 Don't miss: U.S. Women's Gymnastics Qualifications (4:30 P.M. to 6 P.M.), and Men's and Women's Swimming (9 P.M. to 11 P.M.)

MONDAY, AUGUST 8 Don't miss: Women's Rugby Final (6 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.), Men's Gymnastics Team Final (3 P.M. to 6 P.M.), and Men's and Women's Swimming (9 P.M. to 11 P.M.)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9 Don't miss: Women's Gymnastics Team Final (3 P.M. to 5:10 P.M.), and Men's and Women's Swimming (9 P.M. to 11 P.M.)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10 Don't miss: Men's Gymnastics All-Around Final (3 P.M. to 5:45 P.M.), and Men's Swimming (9 P.M. to 11 P.M.)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 Don't miss: Women's Gymnastics All-Around Final (3 P.M. to 5:10 P.M.), Women's Judo medal rounds (2:30 P.M. to 4:40 P.M.), and Men's Rugby Final (6 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 Don't miss: Women's Track and Field (10:10 A.M.), Women's Skeet Shooting (2 P.M. to 3 P.M.), and Men's and Women's Swimming (9 P.M. to 11 P.M.)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 Don't miss: Women's Tennis Singles Medal Matches (11 A.M. to 7 P.M.), Men's and Women's Track and Field (7 P.M. to 10:15 P.M.)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 Don't miss: Men's Golf Final Round (6 A.M. to 3 P.M.), Men's Tennis Singles Finals (11 A.M. to 7 P.M.), Gymnastics Apparatus Finals (1 P.M. to 4 P.M.), Men's Track and Field (7:20 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.)

MONDAY, AUGUST 15 Don't miss: Men's and Women's Gymnastics (1 P.M. to 3:25 P.M.), and Men's and Women's Track and Field (7:30 P.M. to 9:50 P.M.)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 Don't miss: The final day of Men's and Women's Gymnastics (1 P.M. to 3:15 P.M.), and Women's Track and Field (7:30 P.M. to 9:50 P.M.)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17 Don't miss: Women's Track and Field (7:30 P.M. to 10 P.M.), and Women's Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Match (11 P.M. to 11:50 P.M.)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 Don't miss: Men's and Women's Track and Field (7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.), and Men's Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Match (11 P.M. to 11:50 P.M.)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 Don't miss: Women's Soccer Final (4:30 P.M. to 7 P.M.), Women's Water Polo Final (2:30 P.M. to 3:50 P.M.)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 Don't miss: Women's Basketball Final (2:30 P.M. to 4:50 P.M.), Men's Diving Platform Final (3:30 P.M. to 4:55 P.M.), Men's Soccer Final (4:30 P.M. to 7 P.M.), and Women's Volleyball Final (9:15 P.M. to 11:15 P.M.)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21 Don't miss: Men's Volleyball Final (12:15 P.M. to 2:15 P.M.), Men's Basketball Final (2:45 P.M. to 5:05 P.M.)

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