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It’s almost time! Are you excited? The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics kicks off in a few hours, at 9PM local time. For viewers in the States, we’ll have to wait until 7:30PM Eastern time to watch it. That’s when NBC, the network that has exclusive rights to Olympics coverage in the U.S. — on TV and online — will begin its Olympics programming.

Tape delay aside, here’s the great news: NBC will be covering all 302 events this year, and we can watch as much of it as our eyes will allow.

London 2012 Olympics
Photo by Elliott Brown

On television, select events will be shown on NBC broadcast stations and on MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, and others of NBC’s cable channels. For the whole lit and caboodle, head over to NBCOlympics.com, where NBC will be live-streaming all 302 events.

You’ll need a cable, satellite, or telco TV subscriptions to watch coverage on the cable networks, but you’ll also need it to gain access to the live streaming. For this you have to sign up for NBC’s Live Extra, and you’ll need your cable/satellite website log-in information (username and password) to do it.

Once you’re signed up, you can watch events as they’re happening on your desk- or laptop. But what if you want to be mobile while you watch the Olympics? Or you want to stream the online content to your TV? This is where your gadgets come in. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet, you can!

Instead of reinventing the wheel, let me point you to this piece by Mike Elgan — “Make Your Home a Champion Olympics Viewing Platform” — where he takes you through the gadget options, including the apps you’ll need to download to do the above and more.

Until coverage begins, you can watch videos of the goings-on in London and stay up to date with the live text feed from the BBC on its website.

In whichever way you watch the Opening Ceremony tonight, have a great time!


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