The Olympics Games are almost here! Rio 2016’s Opening Ceremony promises to be a huge carnival of Brazilian culture, one that no one wants to miss. If you don’t know when Opening Ceremony takes place or how to watch it, HollywoodLife.com has the details.
When is the 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony?
Athletes from across the world will all gather at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Aug. 5 for the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic games. Coverage begins on NBC at 7:30 P.M. ET.
Now can I watch the 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony?
NBC promises to broadcast over 2,000 hours of Olympic programming across 11 networks. While sports fans will be able to catch all the action on USA Network to Bravo to CNBC, the Opening Ceremony will be broadcasted on NBC. For those who aren’t near a television, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will allow people to live stream everything. Fans will have to enter their cable or satellite information to watch.
Will the Opening Ceremony be live?
Sorta. Rio is one hour ahead of the Eastern Time zone, so the ceremony is set to start at 7:00 P.M. ET. However, NBC is going to broadcast the extravaganza on a one-hour delay. “We think it’s important to give context to the show,” Mark Lazarus, Chairman of NBC Sports Group, said, per the Washington Post. “We think it’s important that we are able to put [the ceremony] in context for the viewer so that it’s not just a flash of color.”
Viewers in the Mountain time zone will have to deal with a two-hour delay, while those on the West Coast will have a four-hour delay. It’ll be the same on the streaming site, as well.
When will Team USA walk in the ceremony?
The traditional Parade of Nations features all the athletes walking into the arena in alphabetical order. The United States of America usually enters at the end of the parade, but since the U.S.A. is known as Estados Unidos in Portuguese (the native language of Brazil) then the Americans (and their fashionable clothes) will walk in at towards the front of the line.
NBC, who paid $1.2 billion to broadcast the Olympics, reportedly asked the Rio Olympics to change it so that the U.S.A. enters under “U,” according to Bloomberg News. The channel is reportedly afraid that American viewers will not watch the whole broadcast and change the channel after Team USA walks. NBC has denied that they made this request, though Rio 2016 organizers are standing by their story. Either way, the opening ceremony should be an exciting celebration. Be sure you see every second!
Are you excited for the 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony, HollywoodLifers?