How to Find and Watch Your Favorite Olympic Sports and Athletes

by | August 1, 2012 at 8:14 AM | Olympics, Olympics Watch

With so much Olympics coverage available to see on TV, on XFINITY On Demand and online/mobile, you may find it a bit challenging to find your favorite athletes, events and sports. That’s understandable – NBCUniversal is providing a combined 5,535 hours of coverage for the 2012 London Games on TV and online/mobile, while XFINITY is offering more than that 1,000 titles to watch on XFINITY On Demand. So, how do you sort through it all? You can always visit our Ultimate Olympics Viewers Guide, which connects you to the best events that are available on TV, online and On Demand. And, our daily Watch to Watch Olympics blog posts will keep you up to speed on main events of the day. But maybe you have more specific questions. And you are not alone. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about how to watch the Games.

Q: Which NBCU networks are broadcasting the Olympics and what are they showing?

A: NBC is broadcasting the 2012 London Games across nine networks, including two specialty channels and the first-ever Olympics 3D channel. Here is an overview of each channel’s focus:

  • NBC – Daytime and evening coverage of the Games will focus on the day’s top events, beginning with TODAY in the morning and ending with the NBC’s nightly primetime show
  • NBC Sports Network – Home of U.S. team sports (basketball, soccer, volleyball, etc.)
  • MSNBC – Covers a range of sports each day
  • CNBC – Covers primarily Olympics boxing
  • Bravo – Covers primarily Olympics tennis
  • Telemundo – Home for Spanish-language coverage of the Games
  • Olympics Soccer Channel – Wall-to-wall Olympics soccer coverage
  • Olympics Basketball Channel – Wall-to-wall Olympics basketball coverage
  • Olympics 3D Channel – The London Games in 3D

Q: What is the best way to browse TV listings for Olympics content and programming?

A: You can filter your TV listings to show you only Olympics-related programming, whether you are using the XFINITY TV guide, the XFINITY Ultimate Olympics Viewers Guide website or the XFINITY TV apps.

  • From the XFINITY TV guide: Press the “Menu” button on your remote control, then select “Find Shows.”

  • Then select “2012 Summer Olympics.”

  • From the Ultimate Olympics Viewers Guide website: Click “TV Listings” under “TV/Online Listings” to display only those networks showing the Olympics (or click here).

  • From the XFINITY TV app: Tap “Filter by” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and then tap “Olympics.”

  • From the XFINITY TV Sports Remote app: Tap “Olympics Today” at the top of the screen.

Q: What is the best way to browse the XFINITY On Demand listings for Olympics content?

A: You can filter On Demand listings to show you only Olympic-related videos, whether you are using the XFINITY guide, the XFINITY Ultimate Olympics Viewers Guide website or the XFINITY TV app.

  • From the XFINITY TV guide: Press the “On Demand” button on your remote control, then select “2012 Summer Olympics.”

  • From here, you will be able to dive into your favorite sports by selecting the folder of the sports that interest you most.

  • Sports are then broken down into specific events, making it even easier to find what you’re looking for.

  • From the Ultimate Olympics Viewers Guide, click “On Demand” under “TV/Online Listings” dropdown menu, which will take you to the XFINITY On Demand homepage (or click here). The “2012 London Olympics” section will show you all of the Olympics sports and categories available on XFINITY On Demand. Click through to the sport or category of your choice to see all the available titles.

Q: What is the best way to browse the online streaming listings for Olympics content and programming?

A: NBCOlympics.com is streaming every sport, every event and every medal-winning moment live, including live simul-streaming of NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo. In addition NBCOlympics.com’s The Gold Zone is live streaming all the best action from the day’s hottest events from a multitude of sports and venues. To access the live streams, visit NBCOlympics.com Live Extra. Here, you will be able to see what’s live right now, get the current day’s full events schedule and launch the simul-streams. You will also be able to watch replays for many of the events you might have missed. You can reach this page from the XFINITY Ultimate Olympics Viewers Guide by clicking “Online” under the “TV/Online Listings” dropdown menu.

You can also watch live streaming on your mobile devices through the NBC Olympics Live Extra app. Just tap “Schedule” at the top of the screen to access live streams for your favorite sports.

Q: What is the best way to find a specific Olympics sport to watch on TV or On Demand?

The best way to find a specific Olympics sport on TV is by searching for it – either on your XFINITY TV guide or on the XFINITY Ultimate Olympics Viewer’s Guide website. You can perform a search on any of the 32 Olympics sports from “gymnastics” to “badminton.”

  • From the XFINITY TV guide: Press the “Menu” button on your remote control, then select “Find Shows.”

  • Then select “Search TV & On Demand.”

  • Enter the sport you are looking for as your keyword. For example, keying in “Swimming” and pressing “OK” on your remote when you are hovering over “Search Now.” The search results will show you all the days and times that you can watch Olympics swimming on TV as well as all the Olympics swimming videos that are available for you to watch On Demand.

Q: What is the best way to find a specific Olympics athlete to watch on TV or On Demand?

The best way to find out when a specific Olympics athlete will be competing on TV is by searching for him/her – either on your XFINITY TV guide or on the Ultimate Olympics Viewers Guide website where you can search for more than 100 Olympics athletes.

  •  From the XFINITY TV guide: Press the “Menu” button on your remote control, then select “Find Shows.”

  • Then select “Search TV & On Demand.”

  • Enter the Olympics athlete you are looking for as your keyword. For example, keying in “Lochte” and pressing “OK” on your remote when you are hovering over “Search Now” will show you all the days and times that you can watch Ryan Lochte swim on TV as well as the videos that feature Ryan on XFINITY On Demand.

Q: What is the best way to find online listings for a specific Olympics event?

A: NBCOlympics.com’s online listings pageallows you to filter the Olympics online streaming listings so that you can easily find the sports and events you are interested in. Here, you can:

  • Click the “Live Now” button on the left to find sports that are streaming live right now;
  • Click on a specific day and date to see all the events available to watch on a given day;
  • Select a specific sport of interest by choosing the sport you are looking for in the “Select a Sport” dropdown menu;
  • Select a specific NBCU cable network choosing the cable network you are looking for in the “Select a TV Channel” dropdown menu.

Regardless of whether you filter the listings on that page, you will be able to watch live events by clicking “Watch Now” under the “Watch” column on the left. You will also be able to watch replays for many of the events you might have missed by clicking “Watch Replay” in the same column. Click here to access NBCOlympics.com’s Olympics online listings. We hope this helps you get the most out of your Olympics experience. Check back for updates on more frequently asked questions as they become available.