Simone Biles could win a record five golds
She already has 14 world championship medals, 10 of which are gold—more than any female gymnast in world championships history—and she’s heavily favored to win the all-around title and team gold with the U.S. women at the Rio Olympics. Plus, she competes some of the most difficult skills in gymnastics, including her own eponymous skill, the Biles: two back flips in the laid-out body position with a half twist right before the landing.
Should be more than enough for Biles to cement her reputation as the greatest female gymnast ever, right? Not when there are four more Olympic medals up for grabs (one for each apparatus) and Biles could conceivably win three of them. Biles is the reigning world champion on beam and floor, and with a new high-difficulty vault in her arsenal, she’s a strong contender there, too. If she wins five total gold medals in her Olympic debut, Biles will make gymnastics history.
Rio 2016 will be the most live Olympics ever, find out how to catch all the action.
The networks and digital platforms of NBCUniversal will present an unprecedented 6,755 hours of programming for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this August.
That’s roughly 356 hours of coverage per day (19 days). If the 6,755 hours ran on one channel, it would take 281 days to finish airing.
The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics will air on Friday, August 5, on NBC. Competition begins two days earlier on Wednesday, August 3, with women’s soccer on NBCSN and USA Network, and the Games conclude on Sunday, August 21, with the Closing Ceremony on NBC.
Watch the 2016 Rio Olympics on TV
With Rio just one hour ahead of the Eastern Time zone, the 2016 Summer Games will be the most live Olympics ever. NBCU will present 2,084 hours of Olympic programming across 11 networks.
TELEMUNDO (Spanish language)
NBC Sports Network (NBCSN)
NBC UNIVERSO (Spanish language)
Specialty channels (Basketball and Soccer)
How to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics online and on connected devices
Powered by Playmaker Media, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will live stream 4,500 total hours — including all Olympic competition for the third consecutive Olympics — for authenticated pay TV subscribers via TV Everywhere to desktops, mobile devices, and tablets, plus connected TVs for the first time.
New from NBC Olympics in Rio
NBC Olympics will also provide 4K Ultra HD content as well as Virtual Reality (VR) programming.
The networks of NBC Universal
NBC’s 260.5 hours of coverage begins on Friday, August 5, and concludes on Sunday, August 21, with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, respectively. Across NBC’s primetime, daytime and late night shows, coverage will feature many of the Games’ most popular sports, including swimming, gymnastics, track and field, diving, beach volleyball, volleyball, and the men’s and women’s basketball finals.
In addition to competition, coverage will also include athlete features, segments on the host city and country, and interviews with newsmakers and medal-winning athletes.
On most days, NBC primetime programming will air from 8 p.m. – midnight ET/PT; daytime from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET/PT; late night from 12:35 a.m. – 1:35 a.m. ET/PT; and replays from 1:35 a.m. – 4:30 a.m. ET/PT.
Bob Costas will again anchor NBC’s primetime coverage, while Ryan Seacrest will host the network’s late night programming. Al Michaels will serve as an NBC daytime host on weekdays and weekends. Dan Patrick and Rebecca Lowe will work daytime across both NBC and NBCSN.
NBC’s daytime and late night programming will originate from a studio located at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Copacabana Beach. The state-of-the-art beach studio will feature two sets; one indoor and one outdoor, a main anchor desk, an interview area, and a news update desk, all positioned to capture the panoramic views of the beach, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Rio coastline. It is the first time in 24 years, since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, that NBC Olympics has utilized a major studio outside the International Broadcast Center (IBC). NBC’s primetime studio will be located in the IBC.
NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will present 330 hours of Olympic programming and more than 20 sports, both more than any other TV network. NBCSN will once again serve as the showcase network for Team USA women’s soccer, and Team USA men’s and women’s basketball.
Medals will be won every day on NBCSN from Saturday, August 6, through Sunday, August 21. In addition to basketball and soccer, coverage will include track and field, archery, boxing, cycling, fencing, field hockey, judo, open water swimming, rugby, shooting, soccer, synchronized swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling and more.
The network’s 18 days of coverage begins on Wednesday, August 3, two days before the Opening Ceremony, with women’s soccer, and concludes on Sunday, August 21, the final day of the Games. On most days, NBCSN will televise 16 hours of coverage, from 8 a.m. to midnight ET.
Liam McHugh and Carolyn Manno will handle NBCSN hosting duties, along with Dan Patrick and Rebecca Lowe, who will also host daytime on NBC.