Rio Olympics 2016: Times for BBC TV, radio and online coverage

Rio 2016: Watch the BBC's Olympics Games trail
31st Olympic Games on the BBC
Venue: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Dates: 5-21 August Time in Rio: BST -4
Coverage: Watch on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, Red Button and up to 24 HD video streams on mobile, desktop, connected TVs and app, plus follow on Radio 5 live and via live text commentary.

The BBC will bring you live coverage of every gold medal at Rio 2016 across TV, radio and digital platforms.

BBC TV will broadcast more than 3,000 hours of coverage, including 550 hours on BBC One and BBC Four, while Radio 5 live will have extensive live coverage.

Up to 24 live video streams will show every moment from 42 sports and 17 days of action online.

Fans will also be able to sign up for medal alerts and follow their favourite sport on the BBC Sport website and app.

Coverage starts with the opening ceremony on 5 August, with live action from around 13:00 BST until 04:00 every day until the closing ceremony on 21 August.

You can catch up with all the overnight action with BBC One Breakfast and Radio 5 live Olympic Breakfast before BBC Two replays the previous night's coverage in full.

The Olympics Playlist, a catch-up programme will also be available to view every morning on BBC iPlayer.

All the live action as well as full replays and on-demand highlights will also be available on mobile, desktop, connected TVs and BBC Sport app, while in-play video highlights will be included in the daily live text commentary. Live streams will also be accessible via the iPlayer website.

Red Button coverage

Satellite, Cable and Freeview* viewers will have an extra seven Red Button streams to choose from all day, plus an eighth from 19:00-05.30 BST.

Olympics Red Button - Channel Numbers
Freeview HD / YouViewFreesatSkyVirgin
Olympics 1 / HD601 (RB1)261/271472/480561/571
Olympics 2 / HD602 (RB2)262/272473/481562/572
Olympics 3 / HD603 (RB3)263/273474/482563/573
Olympics 4 / HD604 (RB4)264/274475/483564/574
Olympics 5 / HD605 (RB5)265/275476/484565/575
Olympics 6 / HD606 (RB6)266/276477/485566/576
Olympics 7 / HD607 (RB7)267/277478/486567/577
Olympics 8 / HD (1900-0530)600 (RB0) /114 (Olympics HD)268/278479/487568/578

Note: where both SD and HD versions are carried, Sky and Freesat make the HD versions available on the lower EPG numbers.

*Freeview SD viewers and those in some rural areas will receive one stream on channel 600 from 19:00-05.30 and a second stream on 601 from 21:00-05.30. Click here for more information.

Viewers with access to Red Button+ via connected TVs or platforms like Virgin TiVo will be able to access up to 24 live streams.

Listings (all times BST)

Event start times are subject to change and the BBC is not responsible for any that may be made. Also, coverage can be subject to late schedule changes, so details may differ from this page.

Day 16: Sunday, 21 August

06:00-09:00, Olympic catch-up, BBC Breakfast, BBC One

06:05-09:00, 5 live Olympic Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 live

09:15-13:00, BBC Two, highlights of day 15

13:00-22:00, BBC One or BBC Two, live action

13:00-22:00, BBC Four, live action

19:30-00:00, BBC Radio 5 live, review show

23:30-04:00, Closing ceremony, BBC One

Gold medals - 12 in total

12: Athletics (men's marathon), basketball (men), boxing (men's flyweight, light welterweight & super heavyweight, women's middleweight), cycling (mountain bike: men), gymnastics (rhythmic: group), handball (men), volleyball (men), wrestling (freestyle: men's -65kg & -97kg).


You can view BBC Sport output as well as listen to our radio sports programming on the BBC iPlayer.

The BBC Sport website is available via desktop, mobile, tablet and app, giving fast and easy access to the live stream, text commentaries, news, reports, schedules, videos, as well as highlights of the day's action. The BBC Sport app is available free on Apple and Android devices.

National and regional variations

National and regional variations have been included in this list where possible, but please check your local listings for more detailed information.

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