Android Apps

NBC Olympics live streaming app launches for Android 2.2+, watch Phelps and Bolt live from your phone

July 12, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka

Multimedia, Sports


The 2012 Olympic Games in London are only a couple of weeks away, but NBC has already released a pair of official apps for the games. Available now for Android 2.2 and higher users in the United States, the apps make it possible to track all of your favorite athletes and sports, as well as watch live coverage of Olympic events.

NBC Olympics is the primary app that users will turn to for the basics of the event. It offers video on-demand highlights, photo galleries & slide shows, and news reports and blog posts from NBC. There’s also a section that has profiles and news reports on specific athletes, as well as a Twitter section dedicated to talk around Team USA. Should you feel the need to get more local, there’s an option to put the focus on athletes from your hometown.

The app you’ll really want to download is NBC Olympics Live Extra. The Live Extra app will stream live video coverage of the Olympics using Adobe AIR. Users will have to enter in valid cable/satellite subscription info in order to access content, which is a bummer for cord cutters, but everyone else will get over 3,500 hours of coverage. A schedule showing all broadcast times is available within the app, and users can create their own personal program guide by marking the events they want to see as favorites. The Favorites tab will then provide quick access to the app and send Android alerts when a broadcast is set to begin.

It’s curious why NBC opted to create two separate apps instead of packaging everything into one place. Either way, U.S. residents have a pair of options for staying abreast of the games beginning July 25. Device compatibility will vary, so head to Google Play and download the apps to see if they’ll work on your device.

[Download NBC Olympics]

[Download NBC Olympics Live Extra]