2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony Live: How to watch in US, TV channel schedule, Brazil’s cultural heritage

The Rio Olympics 2016 Opening Ceremony is underway starting at 7:00 PM ET today in Rio de Janeiro’s famous Maracana Stadium. While the live coverage is slightly delayed in the United States because NBC is not showing the ceremony in real time, you can wait for just 30 minutes for the telecast starts at 7:30 PM ET.

How to watch:

On TV: The ceremony will air on NBC starting at 8 pm Eastern.

Streaming options: You can use the NBC Sports app on your phone or go to NBCOlympics.com from a computer. After 30 minutes, both will require you to log in with a cable subscription.

Around 10,000 athletes around the world are competing for their respective sports. As tradition of the Olympics, the opening ceremony will be centered around the beauties of the host country

The rehearsals are reportedly reflect a show that is centered on Brazil’s musical heritage like samba to funk carioca, a type of music native to Rio.

Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil are the top performers during the opening ceremony. On the other hand Gisel Bundchen, Tom Brady’s wife, is expected to make an appearance.

According to Vox.com

…ceremony will undoubtedly focus on the joyous aspects of Brazilian culture, the Olympics comes at a difficult time for Brazil, a country currently experiencing the worst recession in its history and unprecedented political turmoil. Hard financial times have taken a toll on the opening ceremony as well. While Brazil has not reported how much it is spending on the opening ceremony, its budget is reportedly half of the $42 million London spent for the same event in 2012.”

Watch Rio Olympics 2016 Opening Ceremony on NBC Sports Live Extra and NBCOlympics.com. TV Schedule is at NBCSN.

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