The 2016 Olympic Games begin on August 3rd, 2016 with the official opening ceremony on the 5th. Sports fans from all over the world are excitedly awaiting this epic competition, which is set to be hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2016 Rio Games will feature the best athletes in the world, coming together to compete for glory (and Gold!) in competitions from swimming to gymnastics to basketball. If you’re a fan of gymnastics, we’ve put together a guide to show you the best ways to watch Olympics gymnastics online this year.
Thankfully, you won’t need cable TV in order to watch an Olympics gymnastics live stream. Nowadays, folks without cable have a number of options to stream Olympics gymnastics, from home or on the go. Below, find information on services you can use to catch Olympics gymnastics streaming.
Sling TV Provides Olympics Gymnastics Live Stream
Sling TV will be the best way to watch Olympics gymnastics online, and in fact, it’ll be the best way to watch the 2016 Olympic Games online in general.
If you’re not familiar with Sling TV, it’s basically a cable replacement. It’s an online streaming service that gives you 40+ great channels for only $25 a month, and doesn’t require a contract. Here are some highlights of the service:
- Sling TV Blue is only $25 a month for 40+ channels
- Channels include NBC, NBCSN, USA, FS1, TNT, CNN, AMC and many more
- You can enjoy Olympics gymnastics streaming on NBC, NBCSN, and USA
- Sling Blue will provide a total of 795 hours of live Olympics coverage!
- You can add on the “World News Extra” package for $5 a month, giving you MSNBC and CNBC for an additional 120+ hours of coverage
- Sling TV is no-contract, cancel any time
- Watch an Olympics Gymnastics live stream from anywhere you go!
So, to sum up, you’ll enjoy 40+ great channels, including all the channels that are hosting the Olympics, for only $25 a month. One thing that’s important to note is that NBC is only available in select markets – but the rest of the channels are live nationwide. Even without NBC, you’ll have hundreds of hours of coverage to watch, and the Olympics gymnastics live stream will be accessible from anywhere you go.
Sling TV works on most devices, so you shouldn’t have a problem using it. To watch on your big-screen, you’ll need either a smart TV or a compatible streaming device. You can use an Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast, Android TV, etc. or you can also watch on your computers, mobile devices and more. See our Sling TV review for details.
Also, before you sign up, consider these special deals that Sling TV is running:
- a FREE 7-day trial for anyone interested – no strings attached!
- a FREE Roku 2 streaming box when you prepay for 3 months
- a $60 discount on an Apple TV when you prepay for 3 months
If nothing else, you may as well use the free trial to watch Olympics gymnastics online free for a week, while testing out the service to see if you want to keep it.
Use PlayStation Vue to Watch Olympics Gymnastics Online
Another easy and affordable option is to use PlayStation Vue. This is Sony’s cable-free streaming service, which is pretty similar to Sling TV. Like Sling, it provides access to many popular cable channels without requiring a cable subscription.
Vue plans start from $30 a month, and include access to many of the channels hosting the Olympics, including NBC (on demand only), NBCSN, and USA. See the full list of PlayStation Vue channels for more info.
Vue will serve as a viable way to watch the Olympics online, although Sling TV is a better option for most people. With Vue, you can watch an Olympics gymnastics live stream from your PlayStation console, or from select streaming devices like Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV. Mobile devices also work, although mobile viewing outside your home is restricted.
Use an Antenna to Watch Olympics Gymnastics for Free
Surprisingly, it’s actually possible to watch some Olympics gymnastics events for free, by using an over-the-air antenna. This will only work for events airing on NBC, but still, it’s a free and easy method you can use.
You’ll need a good quality antenna. Check our antenna comparison guide for details on the best choices. You also may want to use a good DVR to record events, giving you the flexibility to watch on your own schedule. We put together a list of the best DVRs of 2016 for you to check out.
Watch the Olympics from Outside the US
If you do not live in the United States, you unfortunately won’t be able to use the services detailed in this guide. Thankfully, there are still some options. You can click here to read more about using a VPN to watch the 2016 Rio Games without cable.
For more information on scheduling and athlete profiles, head to NBC’s Olympics Gymnastics site. If you’re rooting for Team USA, the official website for USA Gymnastics is an excellent resource. Thanks for reading, and enjoy the Games!