Service members, retirees, family members and others authorized to shop in military exchanges will be able to watch NBC Olympics live streaming coverage of all competition for the 2016 Rio Games for free Aug. 3-21.
A partnership among Comcast NBCUniversal, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, and U.S. cable, satellite and telecommunications companies is offering access to 4,500 hours of coverage from NBC. This year 10,500 athletes from 206 countries will compete in 35 sports.
The free live streaming is available on computers or personal electronic devices to any authorized shopper, regardless of their branch of service.
Active-duty members and other authorized shoppers can visit NBCOlympics.com or the NBC Sports app, and choose the Exchange as their service provider. (AAFES refers to itself as the "Exchange.") Viewers must have an active "shopmyexchange.com" account to verify eligibility to watch the streaming, because of content rights restrictions. Those restrictions also will apply to some overseas locations. Outside of the AAFES option, prices would vary depending on the telecommunications provider.
"Few events unify the world like the Olympic Games, and it is only fitting that we make them accessible for those who chose to serve our country," said Carol Eggert, a retired Army brigadier general who is vice president of military and veteran affairs at Comcast, in a statement.
In addition to this live streaming, the American Forces Network will offer NBC Olympics' broadcast and cable coverage on its television services for overseas American military communities around the world.
Karen Jowers covers military families, quality of life and consumer issues for Military Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen has covered military families, quality of life and consumer issues for Military Times for more than 30 years, and is co-author of a chapter on media coverage of military families in the book "A Battle Plan for Supporting Military Families." She previously worked for newspapers in Guam, Norfolk, Jacksonville, Fla., and Athens, Ga.