The Olympic Games feature 3 weeks of intense competition from the world’s best athletes. To wrap things up, the Olympics Closing Ceremony will feature live performances, fireworks, music and more, broadcasting live from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The ceremony will take place in the evening on Sunday, August 21st, and you won’t want to miss it! Luckily, you won’t have to miss it, because it’s possible to watch the Olympics Closing Ceremony live stream, even without cable TV!
Yep, you read that right: you won’t need a cable subscription to tune in, because it’s now possible to watch the Olympics Closing Ceremony online. In fact, you can watch the majority of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games online without cable, but more on that later. For now, here are the best ways to stream the Olympics Closing Ceremony this summer:
Sling TV Offers Olympics Closing Ceremony Live Stream (in Select Markets)
The Closing Ceremony will be hosted by NBC. Folks living in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Hartford, Dallas Fort-Worth, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, or Washington D.C., will be able to access Olympics Closing Ceremony streaming live using Sling TV.
NBC is only available in those markets, unfortunately. On the other hand, regardless of where you live, Sling TV will be very valuable during the entire Olympic Games. But for the closing ceremony, only folks living in the listed markets can access NBC streaming, and therefore Olympic Closing Ceremony streaming. Sling TV is planning to roll NBC out in new markets in the near future, and will also plan to offer NBC on-demand nationwide, but it’s unclear at this point whether or not that change will take place before August 21st. We’ll keep you updated.
Also, keep in mind that Sling TV brings a lot to the table, regardless of where you live. Sling Blue is a $25-a-month live streaming service that includes 40+ channels (almost all of which are available nationwide, excluding NBC). It’s affordable, contract-free, and provides a great alternative to expensive cable subscriptions. Sling TV also works on most major streaming devices, smart TVs, computers, etc. Read our Sling TV review to learn more.
Speaking of devices, you can score some pretty sweet deals when signing up for Sling TV for 3 months and prepaying in advance. You can choose from $60 off an Apple TV, or a totally free Roku 2 (a $70 value)!
You can also give Sling TV a try for free by taking advantage of their free 7-day trial.
Use PlayStation Vue to Watch The Olympics Closing Ceremony Online (On-Demand)
PlayStation Vue is a similar service that provides 50+ channels for $30 a month. It includes NBC in its basic package, but NBC is only available 0n-demand. So, you can’t watch the Olympic Closing Ceremony live stream, but you can watch it on-demand after the fact.
Vue works on a handful of devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, PS3, PS4, Chromecast and a few others. Read our PS Vue review to learn more.
Use An Antenna to Stream the Olympics Closing Ceremony for Free
Surprisingly, there’s an easy, legal way to watch the Olympics Closing Ceremony live stream for free. NBC, the channel who will host the event, broadcasts live over the air. Over-the-air channels can be picked up by OTA antennas, without needing cable or any other subscription package.
Not everyone will be in range of a local NBC affiliate, but if you are, you’ll be able to watch for free. If you need an antenna, check out our guide on how to choose the best antenna. You also may want to consider recording the event so you can watch at your leisure. Our DVR comparison guide looks at the top models on the market today.
Watch the Olympics Closing Ceremony Online from Outside the USA
Live somewhere besides the United States? Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use the options we discussed above. But, don’t worry – you can still enjoy the 2016 Olympics Closing Ceremony without cable TV. Click here to learn more about using a VPN to watch the Ceremony live.
2016 Olympics Closing Ceremony Live Stream Schedule
Date: Sunday, August 21
Time: To Be Announced (evening)
Live stream: Sling TV
After an incredible Closing Ceremony in 2012 (you can watch the full 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony replay here), Rio will have its work cut out to wow the crowds and bring a beautiful close to the 2016 Olympic Games. Be sure to check out our guide to streaming the Rio Olympic Games to learn more.