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How to Watch: NBC's multiplatform coverage of 2012 Summer Olympics

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How can you watch the 2012 Summer Olympic games? Pretty much any way you want.

Much of the action will be available on good ole over-the-air NBC, but if you're really into the Olympic games, you've never needed a cable or satellite subscription quite so much. NBCUniversal is putting all of their muscle into the summer games, offering multiplatform coverage through collaborations with cable and satellite providers (meaning you'll also need those subscriptions to watch online). This way, NBC can deliver content over multiple television channels (both live and on-demand) as well as live streaming on NBC's Olympics website, on mobile devices and tablets.

The cable channels NBCUniversal brings to the table are NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus), MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo and Telemundo. In addition, there are two HD specialty channels featuring non-stop basketball and soccer, the NBCOlympics.com website, and NBC Olympics Live Extra apps for mobile phones and tablets.
 
In all, there will be more than 5,500 hours of Olympic programming over the next two weeks, and for the first time, 242 of those hours will be available in 3D (if you have a 3D TV).

Watching online or on the go: The NBC Olympics Live Extra site, the exclusive home of Olympic live stream content, is where to start. You'll have to be a pay TV subscriber to access this content, signing in with a verified username and password from your TV provider (Time Warner Cable, AT&T U-verse, DirecTV, Dish, etc).  From the NBC site, choose your provider and sign in. If you aren't already registered for an online account with your TV provider, go ahead and do that now. 

There's a similar process for accessing live content on your mobile device or tablet -- download the NBC Olympics Live Extra app and use the same verified sign-on as with the website.

Other Olympics viewing notes...

-Here's the best way to see the NBC Olympics broadcast schedule.

-AT&T U-verse has exclusive access to the original series, "Behind the Dream," which gives viewers a closer look at the U.S. swim and gymnastics teams' journeys to London. That series is available through AT&T U-verse On-Demand.

-Dedicated 24/7 channels for basketball and soccer: On Time Warner Cable it's 1520 for basketball and 1521 for soccer; on AT&T U-verse, it's 1637 for basketball and 1638 for soccer. Update from a reader: DirecTV has an Olympic mix channel (750), a dedicated soccer channel (751) and a dedicated basketball channel (752).

-3D broadcasts are shown on next-day delay. Check with your cable or satellite provider for more details, but I know you can get to them on Time Warner Cable  via channel 1333 and on AT&T U-verse via channel 1636.

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Brooke Cain isn't always proud of the number of hours she logs in front of the TV, but her loss of brain cells can be your gain. From reality shows to sitcoms to the more serious stuff, Brooke keeps her DVR smoking so that she can help keep you in the know. Brooke also tweets for Happiness is a Warm TV (you can follow @WarmTV) and updates the blog's Facebook page.
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