What Time & TV Channel Is the Olympics Opening Ceremony 2016?

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While certain sports have already gotten under way in Rio, the 2016 Summer Olympics don’t officially begun until the Opening Ceremony.

Easily one of the most anticipated events for both hardcore sports fans and casual viewers alike, the Opening Ceremony is always an unbelievable spectacle to behold, from the performances to the Parade of Nations to the iconic lighting of the Olympic Cauldron.

This year’s show at the famed Maracana Stadium is expected to be seen by 3 billion worldwide. It begins at 8 p.m. local time in Rio/7 p.m. ET, and here’s everything you need to know about when and where to watch from different parts around the world:

United States

TV Channel: NBC

Start Time: 8 p.m. ET; 7 p.m. CT; 7 p.m. MT; 8 p.m. PT. The Opening Ceremony will be broadcast on a one-hour delay in the Eastern and Central time zones, a two-hour delay in the Mountain time zone and a four-hour delay in the Pacific time zone.

Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com ; Sling TV in select markets


TV Channel: CBC, TSN 1

Start Time: 7 p.m. ET. The Opening Ceremony will be broadcast live (Coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. ET)

Live Stream: Olympics.CBC.ca

United Kingdom

TV Channel: BBC One

Start Time: Midnight GMT+1. The Opening Ceremony will be broadcast live (Coverage starts at 11:40 p.m.)

Live Stream: BBC.com


TV Channel: Channel Seven

Start Time: 9 a.m. (August 6) GMT+10. The Opening Ceremony will be broadcast live

Live Stream: The Seven Website

Other Countries

A complete list of broadcasters from different countries around the world can be found by clicking here.

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