How To Watch The 2016 Summer Olympics, Even If You Don't Have Cable

Nowadays, it's becoming increasingly popular for Millennials to forgo traditional (and expensive) cable packages and opt for services like Apple TV instead.

If this is you, then, for the most part, this decision is probably paying off. However, tonight may pose quite the problem for those without a television or cable subscription.

I'm talking about the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. From tonight, Friday, August 5, to Sunday, August 21, the entire world will turn its attention to Rio, Brazil and the thousands of athletes who will be competing across 34 different sports.

But if you don't have television or cable access, you might be freaking out right now about how you're going to catch all the Olympics action.

Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here's how to watch the 2016 Summer Olympics, even if you don't have cable or a TV.


If you're looking to watch the games on your phone, all you need to do is download the NBC Sports app. The app will reportedly feature 4,500 hours of Olympic activity this month and, as long as you can get your hands on a cable password, you'll be good to go.

If you really don't know anyone -- cough, your parents -- with a cable password, I recommend you ask around before tonight.

The same thing applies if you want to watch the Olympics on a tablet.


If you want to watch all the action from Rio on your computer, simply pull up the NBC Sports website to stream all the events. Again, in order to actually watch, you'll need to enter cable login information.



If you're fortunate enough to have the comforts of cable television or you find yourself at a bar with a TV, there are a few channels you need to know about.

NBC Sports Network, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC Universo, Telemundo, Bravo, USA, Golf Channel and a few stations besides NBC that will show the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Virtual Reality?:

This seems out of left field for me too, but for the first time in history, the Olympics will be shown via virtual reality. If you want to go this route, you hi-tech Millennial, you, you'll need a Samsung Gear VR headset, which costs $89.99.

Content will reportedly not be shown live on VR, but this would probably be a pretty dope way to watch the Olympics.

Let the games begin!

Citations: Here's How To Watch The Olympics On Your Phone (Or Anywhere) (Refinery29)