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How to watch the Olympics closing ceremony — even if you're not in front of your TV

As with the opening festivities, the TV broadcast will be delayed.

Fireworks Explode Over Rio's Maracana Stadium During The 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

There are plenty of options to watch the closing ceremony from Rio. Just don’t expect to see it live.

The final event of the 2016 Olympics kicks off at 7 pm ET in Rio, but NBC’s coverage on TV doesn’t start until 8 pm ET. Those on the West Coast will have things delayed even further, with coverage not kicking off until 8 pm PT, or four hours after the event takes place.

That means things are pretty much a repeat of the way they were for the opening of the games.

If you want to watch the event on TV in the U.S., things are pretty straightforward. You just press the little “power” button on the remote and turn to NBC. If you have a TV but are one of those cord-cutter types, you can still watch NBC, but you will need an over-the-air antenna.

Online, things are a little more equitable, with NBC planning to offer a livestream of the closing ceremony starting at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) in all time zones.

To stream the closing ceremony online, you generally need a pay TV subscription. However, you can get around this by signing up for a trial of Dish’s Sling TV or Sony’s Playstation Vue.

Once you have your subscription credentials, you can watch from all sorts of places via or through NBC Sports apps for mobile devices, game consoles and smart TVs.

(Comcast, owner of NBC, is a minority investor in Vox Media, which publishes this site.)

Correction: An earlier version of this story said coverage would be delayed online. NBC is offering a livestream for all time zones.

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