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How to watch the Olympics without paying for cable TV

Michael Ansaldo | Aug. 3, 2016
These alternatives add up to an all-access pass to the 2016 Summer Games.

At a minimum, you should subscribe to the Sling Blue package for $25 a month. This 40-plus-channel service gets you the following networks:

  • NBC (in select areas): You’ll get all the action outlined above if you’re in Chicago, Dallas, Hartford, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego or Washington, D.C. If you reside outside these cities, you’ll still get the rest of the channels below, and you can just add an antenna to access NBC’s coverage.
  • NBCSN: NBC Sports Network will cover the most events of any network, including boxing, fencing, field hockey, track and field, cycling, synchronized swimming, weightlifting, and wrestling. It’s also the showcase channel for Team USA women’s soccer, and Team USA men’s and women’s basketball. And it will host most of the medal ceremonies.
  • USA: The cable channel’s coverage kicks off August 3 with women’s soccer. It will also carry beach volleyball, cycling, synchronized swimming, rowing, water polo, volleyball, and men’s basketball.
  • Bravo: The network will once again be the home of Olympic tennis from August 6-14, including the men’s and women’s singles finals.

For an additional $5 per month, you can tack on the World News Extra package to your subscription to get MSNBC and CNBC. This adds another 120.5 hours of Olympic viewing, including more cycling, rugby, archery, wrestling, and water polo. CNBC also carries elimination-round coverage of basketball and volleyball.

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You can stream Sling TV to most devices, including Amazon’s Fire Tablet.

Golf geeks should also consider adding the Sports Extra Package for another $5 per month. That will provide access to Golf Channel for a whopping 115 hours of tournament coverage and in-depth analysis.

That’s just $35 for a month of Sling TV, with no obligation to continue your subscription once the Olympics conclude—though you may find you want to given the many other popular networks Sling TV offers.

And since the service comes with a free 7-day trial, you can watch a substantial amount of the Games gratis. With Sling TV, you’re also not tethered to our television. You can stream to most devices including Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, iOS and Android devices, and Windows and Mac computers.

If that’s not enough incentive, consider these special offers: Sling TV is currently offering a free Roku 2, 50% off a Roku 3, or $60 off an Apple TV when you prepay for three months of service. This story provides a complete guide to every channel available on Sling TV, and this story is our full review of Sling TV.


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