How to Live Stream the 2024 Summer Olympics Free

Find an Olympics live stream on any platform

The Summer Olympics and Paralympics are some of the biggest events in sports, coming around every four years like clockwork, and NBC has the broadcasting rights again in 2024. You'll be able to stream all the action through NBC, NBC Sports, other NBC cable channels, and NBC's online streaming outlets. There are many methods to watching the Olympics and Paralympics with cable.

How to Stream the Summer Olympics From NBC

2024 Summer Paralympic Games Details

Location: Paris, France

Dates: August 28, 2024, to September 8, 2024

Stream: NBC, NBC Sports, Olympics Channel

The full schedule will be available on

Games of the XXXIII Olympiad Details

Location: Paris, France

Dates: July 26, 2024, to August 11, 2024

Stream: NBC, NBC Sports, Olympics Channel

The Summer Olympic Games are broadcast over the air by your local NBC station, so you can tune in for free if you have a television, an antenna, and a nearby NBC affiliate. If you haven't cut the cord, have a valid cable subscription, or borrow one, you can also stream the entire event through the NBC Sports website.

In addition to the NBC Sports website, you can also download an NBC Sports app for your phone, streaming device, or even game console. For more information about official NBC streams and additional Olympics coverage, check out

Here's how to stream the Olympics through NBC Sports:

How to Watch the NBC Sports Live Stream for Free

  1. Navigate to the NBC Olympics Channel. The player will load, and Olympics coverage will be play if any event or other programming is currently live.

    A screenshot of the Olympics on NBC Sports.

    NBC Sports only allows you to watch a short live preview by default. Users with valid cable or satellite subscriptions can remove this time limit.

  2. When your limited preview expires, and you either have or can borrow a cable login, scroll down and select VERIFY NOW.

    A screenshot of the limited free preview of NBC Sports.
  3. Select your cable or satellite provider.

    A screenshot of TV providers on NBC Sports.
  4. Log into your cable or satellite account.

    A screenshot of the TV provider login on NBC Sports.
  5. If you provide valid login information, NBC Sports will remove the time limit, and you'll be able to watch the entire event.

    Since the NBC Sports website only provides a short free trial viewing period, this isn't a good method for cord-cutters. For a longer trial, look at services like Hulu or fuboTV.

What Streaming Services Include the Olympic Games?

The best way for cord-cutters to stream the Olympics is through an internet streaming service. These services provide television access that's a lot like cable, except you stream live television through the internet. You need a computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, or a compatible smart TV and a high-speed internet connection to use one of these services.

Gold Medalist Sunisa Lee of USA during the medals ceremony the gymnastics artistic Women's All-Around Final on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
Gold Medalist Sunisa Lee of USA during the medals ceremony for the gymnastics artistic Women's All-Around Final. Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Each of these streaming services has signed deals with networks and TV stations, which allows them to broadcast live television. That's why you get access to a live NBC stream on some services, and others only provide you with on-demand pre-recorded content from NBC. Availability is based on your physical location and whether or not any given service has made a deal with your local NBC affiliate.

  • Hulu with Live TV: This service provides the broadest access to NBC. If it isn't available in your area, try a different one.
  • YouTube TV: NBC is available in most major markets and many smaller markets through this service.
  • DirecTV Now: This service also has decent NBC coverage.
  • Sling TV: NBC is only available in select markets through this service, but it's a very affordable option if your area is covered.
  • fuboTV: This sports-focused streaming service has limited NBC coverage, but it's still worth checking out in case your area is included.

Watching an Olympics Online Stream on Mobile, Streaming Devices, and Consoles

In addition to streaming through a web browser on your computer, you can also stream the Olympics on your phone, tablet, streaming device, and even game console if you have the right app.

NBC Sports has apps for most major devices, but you still need a valid cable or satellite subscription to log in.

Here are the apps you'll need to stream the Olympics through NBC Sports:

Can You Watch the Olympics With an Antenna?

Since NBC has the rights to the Olympics in the United States, you can watch a lot of coverage for free if you have an antenna and a local NBC affiliate. You'll miss out on any coverage NBC shifts to its cable channels and online streams, but the most popular events are usually broadcast on NBC.

To watch the Olympics with this method, all you need is a television and an antenna. If you have an older TV, you'll also need a digital converter box, and you may also have to upgrade your older antenna as well. Check out our roundup of digital TV antennas if you don't already have one.

If you're all set up with an antenna, you can hook it up to your computer and use Plex Live TV to stream the Olympics to your computers, laptops, and mobile devices.

This method also requires a TV tuner card for your computer. It takes the free TV signal from your antenna, processes it on your computer, then streams it to your devices.

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