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How to watch the Olympics online without cable

How to watch the Olympics online without cable
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Since the last Summer Olympics four years ago, the games are finally here! Athletes are gathering in Rio from around the world to show us all what they're made of.

From track and field to cycling, swimming, boxing, gymnastics, archery, basketball and more, the next few weeks are bound to be filled with nail-biting action you don't want to miss out on. Here's how you can watch the 2016 Olympics for free even if you don't have cable.

1. 7-day free trial from Sling TV

If you've never used Sling TV in the past, you can catch the first week of the 2016 Summer Olympics for free. Sling is a TV streaming service (a lot like Hulu), which includes content from all of the main networks covering the games. MSNBC and CNBC have also been added as a part of Sling's basic package throughout the month of August.

When you sign up for your free 7-day trial, you'll be asked to enter your credit card information. However, you won't be charged until the free trial ends. After the 7-day free trial, Sling's monthly cost is $25 for the Blue tier, which is what you'll need to select to get the right channels.

Sling also offers other packages starting at $20. If you like the service and would like to keep it after the Olympics are over, you can adjust your plan to the package with channels that fit your interests.

Sling is compatible with a wide variety of devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Roku, iOS, Google Chromecast, Windows, Mac, Apple TV and others.

2. 7-day free trial from Playstation Vue

When your 7-day free trial expires from Sling, you can jump over to the free trial offered by PlayStation Vue.

Don't let the name "PlayStation" fool you. The service actually works on a variety of devices and operating systems, including Amazon Fire, Roku, iOS, Android, etc. You just need to set up a free PlayStation Network account to access your profile.

After the 7-day free trial, PlayStation Vue starts at $29.99 per month but gives you access to channels such as CNN, TBS, TNT, NBC and FOX. Another benefit is that you can use your PlayStation Vue account as your "cable provider" for streaming apps that require it to work, such as NBC Sports, HGTV, History Channel, Discovery, etc.

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