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

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.

United States NBC
Canada CBC Player
United Kingdom BBC Sport
Australia Seven Network
South Africa SABC
Spain RTVE
Germany ARD
Mexico Canal 22
Singapore Media Corp
Italy Sky Italia
India Star India
France France TV
New Zealand SKY TV
Brazil Rede Globo
Japan Japan Consortium: NHK
Ireland RTE
Sweden MTG: Modern Times Group
Philippines Sports 5: TV5 Network
Netherlands Nederlandse Omroep Stichting
Denmark Radio and TV
Hong Kong TVB
Malaysia ASTRO: All-Asian Satellite Television and Radio Operator
Israel Sport 5
Switzerland SRG SSR: Swiss Broadcasting Corporation
Portugal RTP: Rádio e Televisão de Portugal
Poland TVP
Greece ETP: Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation)
Hungary MTVA: Médiaszolgáltatás-támogató és Vagyonkezelő Alap
Slovenia RTV: Radio televizija Slovenija
Russia Channel 1
Norway TV 2
Turkey Fox Turkey
Belgium VRT: Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie
Finland Finnish Broadcasting Company
Austria ORF: Österreichischer Rundfunk
South Korea Seoul Broadcasting System
Colombia Carcaol
Puerto Rico NBC Universal
Romania Televiziunea Română
Czech Republic Česká televize
Bulgaria Bulgarian National Television
Trinidad & Tobago Caribbean
Chile Televisión Nacional de Chile

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7 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

7 years ago

Twas the night before Christmas…

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