How do I watch hockey from Rio on TV?

Alex Danson celebrates

The Rio 2016 Olympic games are now upon us, and we've got a complete guide to how to follow Great Britain's men's and women's hockey teams on TV.

Are our games on the telly?
Every one of our pool games is due to be shown on BBC network TV, as listed in their special Olympic edition of Radio Times, which is out now.

Saturday 13th Aug 10pm, GB Women vs USA, BBC Four

The only slight caveat with network coverage is, sometimes the BBC may switch between sports for a short time, but they will of course update viewers live on air.

What about online?
If you want to watch every minute of every match, the best way to do so is through BBC Sport online, BBC red button and the BBC Sport app. Every GB men's and women's hockey game will be shown there uninterrupted.

Who's commentating?
Simon Mason, Matt Chilton and Mel Clewlow are on duty for the BBC TV across all of our fixtures sharing their incredible hockey knowledge. Simon played in goal for GB at three Olympics, Mel lined up in two and Matt has covered every summer and winter games since 1992 so there's a real depth of hockey insight.

Can I catch up on highlights?
Yes, the BBC will be producing highlights after every game and we'll be sharing them on our website and across our social media streams so you won't miss a thing.

Can I watch other countries' hockey games?

Yes, selected Ireland games will be on BBC network, and lots more hockey will be online / red button. There are 24 live streams online and 8 on the red button so loads of sport to keep up with!

Anything else I need to know regarding TV?
Yes, for signal coverage reasons, some Freeview viewers won't get all 8 red button streams, so it's wise to double check ahead of time.

What about the radio?
BBC Five Live and Five Live Sports Extra will be covering our games and former GB athlete Sally Walton is part of their coverage team, having won bronze at London 2012. TalkSPORT are also out in Rio.

Who should I follow on social media?
The official GB channels will have all of the best content from Rio.

Facebook: news, the best images, insight and key goal updates as they go in at

Twitter: updates throughout every game, images, the best stories, behind-the-scenes exclusives and player content at

Instagram: top class photos from our man in Rio as he captures all the action on the pitch at

LinkedIN: Updates from a business perspective and a look at the business side of the games:

Is there an official hashtag?
If you use #Hockey on Twitter you get a special emoji to join in the debate! We'll also be using #SambaSticks to celebrate hockey in Brazil

What about GB's players?
All of our athletes' Twitter handles are listed here:

Is there anywhere I can go to watch the games?
Yes, Team GB have created a number of FanZones around the country, which will be showing BBC output. Whether that always includes hockey cannot be 100% confirmed, but it's bound to be a great atmosphere! Click here to find out more!

Can I get your newsletters?
Yes, you can sign up for our hockey newsletters here.

How do I get our fixture list?
The GB men's and women's pool matches are listed here and you can also import them into your Outlook.

This hockey lark looks good, how do I play?
Our clubs are fun, sociable and welcoming for all ages and abilities. Over 250 of them are running HockeyFests this summer so join us. Use our Play Hockey site to find your nearest club and get involved.

Where can I get more Rio info?
See the dedication Rio 2016 section of the Great Britain Hockey website with player profiles, the best of social media, links to the official Rio website and much more.