Where to Watch the Olympics Around the World

On August 5th, the 2016 Olympic games will kick off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

While some of us may be headed to the games to watch live, others will be streaming on the internet or watching on TV.

We made a list of where to watch the games online. The countries below are in order of the most popular among SwimSwam readers.

Most look to NBC for live coverage, but there are other outlets for each country. Viewers can click on the links next to their country and watch the games! It is not certain if each of the links will be a live coverage, or free.

Some of the networks will have guest commentators for swimming, to give their expert opinions or share memories that can relate to the live action.

In the UK, BBC network will have Andy Jameson (1984 Olympian) and Adrian Moorhouse (1988 Olympic gold medalist) as commentators, and Rebecca Adlington (2008 gold medalist) and Mark Foster (2008 Olympian) as guests, and Sharron Davies (1980 Olympian silver medalist) as the reporter.

Australian gold medalist in the 2004 Athens game, Giaan Rooney, will be commentating for Seven Network during the games.

Ian Thorpe who is a 5 time Olympic gold medalist for Australia, will be commentating for India as part of a panel for Star Sports. In the 2012 London Olympics, Thorpe did commentating for his nations broadcasting channel, Seven Network.

While most internet streams are limited to a certain geography, the internet has 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.

If you have any questions about a specific country that may not be listed, comment below and we will help!

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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6 years ago

Hi. I’m in Bali and missing everything!! Do you have any suggestions? Thanks, Catherine

6 years ago

What day and time is cambodia competing

6 years ago

Thank you for this list!!!

Jono Dixon
6 years ago

Sri Lanka please

Reply to  Jono Dixon
6 years ago

Jono – Sri Lanka should be able to watch on Star India, like the rest of South Asia.

Ima Bach
6 years ago

Channel for Indonesia please

Reply to  Ima Bach
6 years ago

Yes please..I’ll be in Bali for some of it and need to know what to be watching it on thanks

6 years ago

I will be in Canada for a swim meet during the swimming portion of Rio and if they don’t have NBC I will wither and die.

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