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The best second-screen apps for watching the 2016 Olympics

Michael Ansaldo | Aug. 4, 2016
Enhance your viewing experience with behind-the-scenes video, athlete's social feeds, and more.

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NBC Sports will live stream 4,500 hours of coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics

The NBC Sports app—formerly NBC Sports Live Extra—will live stream 4500 hours of coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics. You also get video-on-demand previews and highlights, online-coverage schedules, push notification reminders for upcoming events, and full-event replays.

But this is one app you’ll want to keep around once the Olympics conclude, as it provides the same features for other NBC Sports events, including NFL Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football, NHL regular season and Stanley Cup Playoff games, the PGA tour, Premier League soccer, and more. It isn’t for cord-cutters though; you’ll need to authenticate your pay-TV subscription to use it.

Rio 2016 Social Hub

Rio 2016 Social Hub puts you as close to your favorite athletes as you can get without setting foot in the Olympic Village. This official Olympic app connects you with the verified accounts of thousands of Olympians across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and it aggregates all your favorite profiles in one place. Search by team, athlete, sport, or game, and create your own news feed of favorites to follow in Rio.


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Rio 2016 Social Hub

Rio 2016 Social Hub aggregates thousands of Olympians social feeds in one place.

Rio 2016

The ceremonial journey of the Olympic Flame from Olympia Greece to the site of the games is one of the best-loved Olympic traditions. No surprise then that it has its own app.

Rio 2016 allows you to follow the Olympic Torch as it is relayed through Brazil by 12,000 torchbearers, each of whom carries it for roughly 200 meters. The app provides photo-rich day-by-day accounts of the torch’s progress, along with the relay schedule, route maps, and a list of torchbearers. Articles and videos also detail the history and symbolism of this hallowed tradition.

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Rio 2016 tracks the Olympic Torch relay through Brazil to the Opening Ceremony.

For those lucky enough to be in Brazil during the relay, the app lists associated street parties and other celebrations, as well as Olympic venue and ticket information.

(Android, iOS)

Team USA

Can the men’s basketball team win a record third straight gold medal? Will Simone Biles win her first to solidify her status as the next great American gymnast? Can Michael Phelps live up to, or even surpass, his past glories in what is likely his Olympic swan song?

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