Skip to main content

Ready for Rio? NBC will cover the 2016 Olympics most hours of the day

Guide to watching the Olympics online
Image used with permission by copyright holder
If you hope to watch every minute of NBCUniversal’s coverage of the 2016 Olympics, resign yourself now to the fact that it just won’t be possible, even if you give up sleep. The media conglomerate’s plan for coverage is extensive, to put it mildly. All told, NBCUniversal will offer a whopping 6,755 hours of Olympics programming via multiple networks and 4,500 hours of live-streamed digital coverage, Variety reports.

While NBCUniversal’s coverage will be aired on NBC, USA, CNBC, Telemundo, Bravo, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBCSN, and NBCUniverso, NBC in particular will be Rio-heavy. During the games (August 5-21), NBC will present 260.5 hours of Olympics-related content. Most days, daytime Rio programming will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET/PT, followed by prime-time coverage from 8 p.m. to midnight, and then a late-night block from 12:35 a.m. to 1:35 a.m. At 1:35 a.m., replays will pick up and run through 4:30 a.m. before the cycle begins again.

Bob Costas, who memorably suffered from pinkeye while covering the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will be back to anchor NBC’s prime-time coverage, hopefully sans conjunctivitis. The late-night slot will be covered by Ryan Seacrest, while Al Michaels will host daytime programming on weekdays and weekends. Dan Patrick and Rebecca Lowe will also host daytime coverage on NBC, but on top of that, they will be on NBCSN as well.

Not only is NBCUniversal’s massive amount of TV programming unprecedented, so too are the viewing platform options. NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will show all events for the third consecutive Olympics, but fans will be able to watch on connected TVs for the first time. It sounds like there will also be 4K Ultra HD  and even virtual reality content for the first time as well. The company did not provide details, but plans to share them in the near future.

Whatever platform you plan to watch on, there definitely won’t be a shortage of coverage. Let the Games begin.

Stephanie Topacio Long
Stephanie Topacio Long is a writer and editor whose writing interests range from business to books. She also contributes to…
3 great movies leaving Peacock in February you have to watch
The cast of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.

Peacock celebrated the streaming premiere of Oppenheimer by adding several other Christopher Nolan movies to its lineup for February. What Peacock declined to mention is that The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, and Dunkirk are all leaving at the end of the month. So you only have a short time left if you want to curate your own Nolan film festival at home.

Our picks for the three movies leaving Peacock in February that you have to watch only includes one of Nolan's films, because it just wouldn't be fair to give him the entire spotlight. Our other picks include a family drama starring George Clooney, as well as a Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller comedy that is turning 20 in 2024.
The Dark Knight (2008)

Read more
5 great sci-fi movies that deserve a sequel
Bending buildings and the team in "Inception."

With their out-of-this-world stories and visuals, science fiction movies continue to be some of the most profitable pictures in the film industry. As a result, studios shovel out sequels to franchises that have captured the most hearts in theaters.

While some sci-fi movies continue to spawn follow-ups with varying success levels, others stand alone despite their popularity with audiences. Since the Hollywood sequel machine isn't going away any time soon, directors and studio executives should turn their attention to making sequels to these five films.
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Read more
10 best epic movies of all time, ranked
A man riding the chariot from Ben-Hur (1959)

Epic movies have provided audiences with cinematic spectacles since the art form began. These large-scale features include some of the most ambitious movies ever made. They tell marvelous stories against extravagant backdrops teeming with life thanks to meticulous attention to costumes, impeccable casting choices, and inspiring musical scores.

From genre classics like Lawrence of Arabia to recent blockbusters like Oppenheimer, the greatest epic films of all time weave tales of unparalleled scale, making history along the way. These essential epics span a variety of subgenres and time periods, ensuring that there's something for every type of viewer.
10. The Ten Commandments (1956)

Read more