How to Watch the Olympic Opening Ceremonies from Anywhere in the World

Earlier this month, we outlined how to watch the Olympics via live stream no matter where you are in the world. If you’re in the U.S., you can also watch the NBC primetime coverage live each night.

However, tonight, NBC will be airing the ceremonies with a one hour tape delay, a decision which NBC is saying works best for its audience (it will also allow the network to better curate their broadcast).

Viewers in the UK, however, will have the opportunity to watch the broadcast live and free through the BBC, and viewers in Canada can watch the broadcast free and live through Olympics.cbc.ca.

It’s also important to note that while most internet streams are limited to a certain geography, users on the internet have developed certain tools to watch streams from outside of these geographies. One of these tools is called “Tunnel Bear,” (website here) which, for example, uses a VPN (virtual private network) to make users appear as though they are from other countries. This could be an option for some hoping to avoid the delay.

And below is our chart of how to watch the Olympics live from anywhere in the world.

COUNTRY  LINK  NETWORK
United States http://www.nbcsports.com/live NBC
Canada http://www.cbc.ca/player/ CBC Player
United Kingdom http://www.bbc.com/sport BBC Sport
Australia https://7rio2016.com.au Seven Network
South Africa http://www.sabc.co.za/wps/portal/news/main/tag?tag=Olympic%20Games SABC
Spain http://www.rtve.es/television/tve-internacional/en/broadcaster/europe/ RTVE
Germany http://www.ard.de/home/ard/ARD_Startseite/21920/index.html ARD
Mexico http://www.canal22.org.mx Canal 22
Singapore http://www.mediacorp.sg/en/ Media Corp
Italy http://www.sky.it Sky Italia
India http://us.startv.com Star India
France http://www.francetelevisions.fr France TV
New Zealand https://www.sky.co.nz SKY TV
Brazil http://redeglobo.globo.com Rede Globo
Japan http://www.nhk.or.jp Japan Consortium: NHK
Ireland http://www.rte.ie RTE
Sweden https://www.mtg.com MTG: Modern Times Group
Philippines http://www.tv5.com.ph/sports/ Sports 5: TV5 Network
Netherlands http://nos.nl Nederlandse Omroep Stichting
Denmark https://www.dr.dk Radio and TV
Hong Kong http://www.tvb.com TVB
Malaysia http://www.astro.com.my ASTRO: All-Asian Satellite Television and Radio Operator
Israel http://www.sport5.co.il Sport 5
Switzerland http://www.srgssr.ch/en/ SRG SSR: Swiss Broadcasting Corporation
Portugal http://www.rtp.pt RTP: Rádio e Televisão de Portugal
Poland http://www.tvp.pl TVP
Greece http://www.ert.gr ETP: Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation)
Hungary http://www.mtva.hu/en/ MTVA: Médiaszolgáltatás-támogató és Vagyonkezelő Alap
Slovenia http://www.rtvslo.si RTV: Radio televizija Slovenija
Russia http://www.1tv.ru Channel 1
Norway http://www.tv2.no TV 2
Turkey http://www.fox.com.tr Fox Turkey
Belgium http://www.vrt.be/en VRT: Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie
Finland http://yle.fi Finnish Broadcasting Company
Austria http://www.orf.at ORF: Österreichischer Rundfunk
South Korea http://www.sbs.co.kr Seoul Broadcasting System
Colombia http://www.caracoltv.com Carcaol
Puerto Rico https://www.nbcolympics.com NBC Universal
Romania http://www.tvr.ro Televiziunea Română
Czech Republic http://www.ceskatelevize.cz Česká televize
Bulgaria http://bnt.bg Bulgarian National Television
Trinidad & Tobago http://www.cwc.com Caribbean
Chile http://www.tvn.cl Televisión Nacional de Chile

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Myshkin
4 years ago

Twas the night before Christmas…

Wahooswimfan
4 years ago

NBC – “nothing but commercials”
Ceremony started over an hour and a half ago and still nothing but commercials and fluff pieces here … Guess they are only going to show the US team march in

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