Serving and retired U.S. military members will have free access to NBC Olympics’ 4,500 hours of streaming coverage of the Summer Games in Rio.
Streamign access is being provided at no cost by Comcast NBCUniversal in partnership with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and U.S. cable, satellite and telco providers. Eligible service members will be able to access NBC Olympics’ digital coverage via PCs or personal devices by visiting NBCOlympics.com or via the NBC Sports app, and choosing the Exchange as their service provider.
They said about 7 million service members, retirees and their families will be eligible during the games. Due to content rights restrictions, an active shopmyexchange.com account will be required to verify eligibility, they said, noting that content rights restrictions will also apply to some OCONUS locations.
"We're excited to partner with Comcast NBCUniversal to deliver the Olympics to service members and their families, wherever they are called to serve,” Tom Shull, Director/CEO of the Exchange, said in a statement.
“Few events unify the world like the Olympic Games, and it is only fitting that we make them accessible for those who chose to serve our country,” added Carol Eggert, Brigadier General (Retired), and Vice President of Military and Veteran Affairs at Comcast. “We think it is extremely important to support our employees who are veterans or members of the National Guard and Reserve and the military community as a whole. We are thankful to the Army & Air Force Exchange Service for working with us to deliver the excitement of the Olympics to the military community, no matter where they are located.”
After Comcast NBCUniversal offered the service, a team that included the Defense Media Activity, Defense Information Systems Agency, the Exchange and DHI Telecom (an Exchange Internet, mobile and IPTV provider) came together to develop the technical solution required for the free access, they said.