Four Ways To Watch The Olympics Without Cable

Four Ways To Watch The Olympics Without Cable

According to , “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.” Exciting, right? But what if you cut the cord on cable and you still want to watch the Olympics? Well, at first glance, it may seem that you are shit out of luck – when you attempt to stream the games live at, you are asked to log in via your cable provider. So what’s a sports lover to do? Well, here are some options.

Kiss Up To Someone With Cable For Their Username and Password

Odds are, there is someone in your life – your parents, your grandparents, that random uncle – who hasn’t given up on traditional cable yet. It would seem that now would be a good time to start kissing ass in order to get them to share their cable username and password with you. Just tell your Nana how brokenhearted you would be if you miss seeing the camera pan to Michael Phelps’ new baby 800 times whenever he swims.

Get An Antenna

Yes, it’s a solution as third world as the Olympic Village apparently is, but it works. An OTA antenna such as this one will give you access to your local NBC station, which will air over 260 hours of coverage. Sure, you’ll still miss the games that air on their cable channels (USA, MSNBC, Golf Channel, etc), but it’s a relatively cheap and easy solution to see most of the games, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Plus, you’ll get to keep the antenna for when football season rolls around.

Sign Up For Sling TV or Playstation Vue

According to Vulture , you can use this subscription service to live stream the games on your TV or mobile device by doing this:

Sign up for Sling Blue, a $25 package that gets all the Olympic coverage channels. If you’re a major golf fan, you can add the Sports Extra package for $5, which gives you the Golf Channel and means tons of extra Olympic Golf coverage. You can use Sling to watch the Olympics via Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, mobile phones, tablets, and computers. If you’re not down to spend $25–$30, you can try a seven-day free trial for a week of Olympics streaming.

Playstation Vue’s $30.00-a-month subscription will also give the same basic viewing options as Sling TV, but none of the add-on options. Bonus: your Playstation Vue credentials will also let you sign into the NBC Sports app, so you can watch the games on the go.

Fake Being British

Say you want to stick it to “the man” and forgo NBC’s coverage all together. Using a VPN service, you can actually watch the BBC’s Olympics stream at According to, to do this, you need to “fake” being in Britain to do this, and that’s where the VPN comes in:

VPN services allow you to connect to a server in another country and pretend to be there. It’s effectively routing all your traffic through some computer in London so to any website, you appear to be the computer in London.

I use a service called Vyprvpn which is $14.99 a month. I get it as part of a bundle with a subscription to Giganews. That’s how I connect with a VPN to the UK. And you can too.

I literally don’t understand what that means, but I’m sure some of you more tech savvy people get it. And what better way to support Team USA than stealing from the British?

So there you go – now you can watch the Olympics just like you’re right there in Rio…without the Zika, polluted water, and high crime rate. GO USA!

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Jenna Crowley

Jenna used to be known as 2NOTBrokeGirls, but then one of the girls actually went broke, so she's struck out on her own. Jenna spends her free time saving the world, one sorority girl at a time (usually while wearing yoga pants), questioning why she decided to get a doctorate, documenting her love of all things cheese related, and hosting the new PGP podcast Don't Take It From Us. You can ask her anything you want about football, using your boobs to get what you want, and pizza at @JennaLCrowley on Twitter or via email at

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