Olympic Trials TV/Webcast Watching Schedule

  22 Braden Keith | June 22nd, 2012 | Featured, National, News, U.S. Olympic Trials

For those not lucky enough to be in Omaha, here’s the schedule for the upcoming Olympic Trials.

There will be no international (legal) webcast of Trials, because of international rights agreements, but there will be a live stream of the meet on NBCOlympics.com for those in the United States. That will be a big disappointment to fans around the globe. A small consolation trying to watch friends and family in the prelims, though, is that USA Swimming will be providing a webcast live for all but the fastest heats of the morning prelims.

After that, the fastest morning heats will be played on taped delay in the evenings prior to finals.

Finals will air live on NBC (free broadcast station) at 8 Eastern Time and 7 Central Time, but will be on Tape Delay in the Mountain Time Zone (7 PM Mountain) and Pacific Time Zone (8 PM Pacific). Those in the tape-delay time zones can still catch the action on NBCOlympics.com live, however.

The Television Schedule is below (finals are highlighted in blue). NBC is the broadcast network, NBCSN is their cable sports network.

DATETIME (ET)NETWORKEVENTS
June 256:30-8 p.m.NBCSNHeats
June 258-9 p.m.NBCFinals
June 266:30-8p.m.NBCSNHeats
June 268-9 p.m.NBCFinals
June 277-8 p.m.NBCSNHeats
June 278-9 p.m.NBCFinals
June 284:30-5:30 p.m.NBCSNHeats
June 288-9 p.m.NBCFinals
June 294:30-6 p.m.NBCSNHeats
June 298-9 p.m.NBCFinals
June 306:30-8 p.m.NBCSNHeats
June 308-9 p.m.NBCFinals
July 16-7 p.m.NBCSNHeats
July 18-9 p.m.NBCFinals
July 28-8:30 p.m.NBCFinals

The NBCOlympics.com Streaming Schedule is Below.

DATETIME (ET)NETWORKEVENTS
June 258-9 p.m.NBCFinals
June 268-9 p.m.NBCFinals
June 278-9 p.m.NBCFinals
June 288-9 p.m.NBCFinals
June 298-9 p.m.NBCFinals
June 308-9 p.m.NBCFinals
July 18-9 p.m.NBCFinals
July 28-8:30 p.m.NBCFinals

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junker23
4 years 3 months ago

Thank you for this. This morning I just started randomly scheduling recordings, this’ll make it easy to see if I missed anything.

Liliana
4 years 3 months ago

I don’t get the “international rights agreements” argument. If no one in my country broadcasts USA Trials (and no one does), why does watching Trials on NBCOlympics.com violate anyone’s rights agreements?! USA Trials is a monster swim meet and if you really want to promote swimming, you make it available to watch for all the fans around the world.

aswimfan
4 years 3 months ago

EXACTLY!!!

This is so disappointing

emilyr
4 years 3 months ago

so they are expecting swim fans back home to avoid peeking at any results, visiting swim sites and joining in the conversation for the whole fricking day all next week?

just so we can tune in to their tape delay of the “fastest 2-4 heats of preliminaries” in the evening…

aaaargh i dont even know if we can get NBC Sports here!

BYoung001
4 years 3 months ago

Is the nbc olympics webcast the same as the “Live extra” they are using for the olympics? For live extra you must have a cable provider and know your login information. They are recommending you sign up now so that you don’t get caught filling out forms at the last minute.

Swimmer
4 years 3 months ago

NBC sucks! Whats with forcing everyone to watch tape delayed heats??!!?? Are they going to do the same for the Olympics?

junker23
4 years 3 months ago

Oh wow, that whole site is incredibly flawed. It’s already not letting me access the second step of the sign-in process, just get a spinny wheel of death. Awesome.

And then the page for the phone/tablet apps literally doesn’t have a link to where I can download said apps. Oof. Well done, NBC.

junker23
4 years 3 months ago

Ah, the phone/tablet apps are “coming soon.”

Best part of the sign-in not working is that my cable provider is Comcast. Which, ya know, kinda owns NBC.

beachmouse
4 years 3 months ago

I just tried logging in, and got a message that all was well because I was already logged in with Directv. If anyone’s shopping for a new cable/satellite package, right now if you go with Directv and their sports package, you also get all of Universal Sports’ live web coverage for free, which has been nice for the swimming Grand Prix season. (No affiliation with the company, just someone very happy with their sports program options despite other problems I’ve had with them over the years.)

pettyswimming
4 years 3 months ago

I understand there is frustration about tape delay etc. However, I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to watch Trials. The fact that it is being shown during primetime is a true marker for how far our sport has come as being recognized, passionately appreciated, and loved as an American pastime. Thank you for your loyalty and all you do to equip us all swimswam staff!

swimsb
4 years 3 months ago

NBS coverage sucks. they only show select heats, the announcers are annoying, the don’t take the time to show each swimmer in finals getting announced, Hey its the moment they have work to get to and NBC only focuses on the top qualifiers. I watched a 100 back prelim heat, the whole race went off and the announcers never talked about who was leading or how any of the swimmers were doing, it was all about one person and she ended up in 5th.
Get somebody who actually watches the races and cares about the sport not the hype.

Jean Michel
4 years 3 months ago

ON BBC TV whatsover , last year , nearly all swimming Finals were Broadcasted Live from Shangai . So , i beleive this Olympic year , they willl do the same .

aswimfan
4 years 3 months ago

Since I am not in the USA, I am really hoping that some really really nice and kind US swimming fans would out the fastest heats and all semis/finals on youtube as soon as each race is over

emilyr
4 years 3 months ago

i have a sinking feeling nbc will pull any such clips off youtube for copyright infringement yada yada…

hopefully im wrong tho!

emilyr
4 years 3 months ago

(sorry if this gets posted twice as didnt seem to work 1st time round)

this may help fans from outside of the us who wants to watch the nbc live broadcasts of finals: http://www.stream2watch.me/live-tv/nbc-live-stream

(link kindly posted by Tom on his website)

RobbieK
4 years 3 months ago

This is absolutely ridiculous! I’m in Sweden from the States for two weeks of training and can’t even watch a live stream? It’s well past time for NBC to get out of the stone age when it comes to the ability to watched video of past Olympics and trials.

aswimfan
4 years 3 months ago

I agree!

I am even willing to shell out a dollar or two to be able to watch US trials.

In this age of the internet, it is just unbelievable that one of the biggest media companies in the world is still behaving like a dinosaur

liquidassets
4 years 3 months ago

Looking at my channel list I’m coming up with a NBCSP on Charter; is that the same thing as NBCSN? And are these evening tapes of the last 3 heats really our only options?? I thought in 2008 you could watch everything live online in the morning??

Melissa
4 years 3 months ago

NBCSP is playing Olympic trials today!

Alex
4 years 3 months ago
WhatTheHell NBC
4 years 3 months ago

Since when does a broadcast network require that you have a cable subscription to watch the webcast online?? What a joke. I have no reception due to the tropical storm and don’t have cable. Thank you NBC for screwing me out of being able to watch the trials. So now my choice is to go somewhere to watch it or buy a cable subscription just to watch the Olympics… Screw NBC, they clearly don’t care about Americans that don’t have the money for cable but want to support team USA.

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