The 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janiero are now upon us. The games of the XXXl Olympiad is shaping up to be one of the most fascinating in the modern era, with controversy raging before the Games even began. Nearly two-thirds of the Russian Olympic team is banned due to doping concerns, while some big names in key events have pulled out due to the threat of the Zika virus.
All that, plus a chance for history by athletes such as the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt and US swimmer Michael Phelps, should make the Rio Games one of the best we have seen, and you won’t have to miss a minute using the options listed here.
Rio Olympics 2016 Preview
The 2016 Summer Olympics will be staged at Rio de Janiero in Brazil, the first time a South American country will host the Games. 207 nations are set to compete across the two weeks, with the United States expected to dominate again, but they will have some stiff competition courtesy of China and Great Britain. The host nation Brazil won three Gold Medals in the 2012 Olympics at London, but home ground advantage should see them at least double that.
Australia recorded one of their worst performances at London, winning only eight gold medals in what was a disappointing campaign by all concerned, which led to investigations and commissioned reports as to why they performed so badly. The expectations are to see them double their effort from London, which could come courtesy from the pool with the Swimming team performing brilliantly in recent times.
Rio Olympics on Free to Air
Seven Network will be undertaking the most extensive coverage of an Olympic Games ever, across channels Seven, 7TWO and 7mate, with HD coverage on channel 70 to be available in all five capital cities. This includes up to 900 hours of Free to Air Rio Olympic broadcasting via the three standard channels, plus another 300 hours of Free live sport exclusively on their dedicated Seven.com.au/olympics/ website which is geo-blocked outside of Australia.
Seven also provides a premium service via the ‘Rio Olympics on 7’ app for an upgrade fee of $19.95. Available for both Android and IOS, this service includes 3250 hours of live Rio Olympic streaming which covers every sporting event, as well as catch-up and replay features.
Rio Olympics on Australian TV
Date: August 6-22
Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Channels: Seven, 7TWO, 7mate
Sunday 21 August Live TV Times
Basketball Women: USA v Spain 4:30 am (Gold)
Football: Brazil v Germany at 6:30 am (Gold)
Water Polo Men: Croatia v Serbia 6:50 am (Gold)
Volleyball Women: China v Serbia 11:00 am (Gold)
Men’s marathon: from 10:30 pm to 1:30 am
Monday 22 August Live TV Times
Basketball Men: Australia v Spain 12:30 am (Bronze)
Basketball Men: USA v Serbia at 4:45 am (Gold)
Closing Ceremony: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
See this list for the complete Australian Rio Olympics TV Guide.
All events shown as Sydney time (AEST), adjust for regional differences. Rio is 13 hours behind AEST so an event that starts at 9:00 am Local will be shown at 10:00 pm in Sydney.
Live Streaming and a 1 Month Free Trial
While the Rio Olympics will surely be front and center, you may wish to compliment your Australian viewing with the other great sport action here in August using the Foxtel ‘Spoiler Yourself’ Sport Combo 1 month Free* Live TV trial.
August’s sport action on Foxtel includes every match of the NRL Premiership, every match of the AFL Premiership, each and every match of the Bledisloe Cup and the entire 2016 Rugby Championship, the F1 racing Belgium Grand Prix (26-28 Aug) and other great action, while also offering live Sport Streaming to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel Go app.
Rio Sports to Watch
Swimming is potentially where most of Australia’s medals will come from. The Australian Swimming Squad looks the strongest it has been since Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004. The key swimmers to watch are the Campbell sisters, Cate and Bronte, who should dominate the 50m and 100m freestyles, events they have cleaned up in recent comps. On the men’s team, Cameron McEvoy will contest five events, the keys being the 100m and 200m freestyles.
Basketball: Both the men’s and women’s sides in the Basketball side of things will go very close to snaring medals. The Boomers (Men) won’t be beating the US Dream Team, but they are a strong chance of snaring a medal, their first in history, given they have several NBA all stars in the squad. The Women’s side have gone close to winning gold at the past four Olympics, but have been beaten by the US on each occasion, three of those in the Gold Medal match. They are knocking on the door, but the negative is that they named an inexperienced squad.
Rugby Sevens: The Rugby sides both look strong chances of getting a medal. The men’s team are the fifth seed and have performed pretty well during the Sevens Series throughout the year, with the highlight being a runner up finish in the Sydney leg of the Series. They can be pretty inconsistent at times but as we know with Australian sporting sides, they love the ‘underdog’ tag. The women’s side are the current world champions and will go into Rio as the Gold Medal favourites after a sensational 2016 campaign.
Hockey has been generally a very good sport for Australia at the Games and Rio should be no exception. The Kookaburras (Men) recently won the Champions Trophy Final, beating India in a thrilling finish. The men have won a medal at the last six Olympics, dating back to Barcelona in 1992. The women’s side have struggled in recent games, with their last medal coming in 2000 in Sydney when winning the Gold Medal. Their recent effort in the Champions Trophy was encouraging and they are considered a sold Medal prospect.
Soccer: The Matildas are one of the more exciting sides in women’s soccer in the world, as we saw last year in the World Cup which was followed up by their first ever successful qualification for the Olympics. They recently played a friendly against Brazil and lost 3-1, but certainly lost no admirers. They play a fast and brutal style which can cause some real damage for opposition and they are a live chance.