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Your guide to following the 2012 Games, no matter where you are

With TV, social media, tablets and smartphones, you can watch more of the Games than ever before. It's enough to leave you out of breath. Here's a guide to following all the action, no matter where you are.

07/26/2012 11:43 PM

07/28/2012 1:37 AM

The 2012 Olympic Games will be an endurance test of epic proportions -- and not just for the 10,000-plus athletes in London.

NBCUniversal's marathon coverage, which will be spread across six TV networks, two mobile apps and one website with 3,500 hours of live streaming, as well as Twitter and Facebook, is designed to make sure fans will be fully immersed in the Games for the next 17 days.

If they could beam synchronized swimming coverage directly into your head, they would.

NBC's coverage will provide an unprecedented all-access pass to the 2012 Olympics. You can watch on your flat-screen TV, iPad or smartphone or at a bar with friends.

We're here to help you navigate the many viewing options:

On network TV: NBC alone plans 272.5 hours of coverage, including daytime, prime time and late night. The mother-ship network will focus on swimming (Michael Phelps overload), track and field, gymnastics, diving and beach volleyball.

In addition, KXAS/Channel 5 anchor Brian Curtis, who was almost an Olympic athlete himself (he trained in the luge in the late '80s and early '90s), will report from London, focusing on North Texas athletes. To follow on Twitter, use the hashtag #dfwolympics. Online: nbcolympics.com/kxas.

Telemundo, which airs locally on KXTX/Channel 39, will offer 171 hours of coverage, with emphasis on soccer and Latino athletes.

On cable TV: MSNBC will focus on badminton, basketball, soccer and wrestling, with coverage from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and extended hours on Saturdays. CNBC will concentrate on boxing, with coverage from 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays and extended hours on weekends. Bravo will be the place for tennis, with daytime coverage from Saturday to Aug. 3. NBC Sports Network will air 14 hours of coverage a day, with an emphasis on U.S. team sports.

On the Web: NBCOlympics.com will live-stream every sport and every event -- 3,500 programming hours, including the awarding of all 302 medals. The catch? If you want to see the streamed coverage from the cable networks, you must already be a cable or satellite subscriber to those networks on traditional TV.

On your phone or iPad: NBCUniversal has two apps for tablets and smartphones. NBC Olympics Live Extra, which will also offer 3,500 hours of coverage, and NBC Olympics, which will have short-form highlights, schedules, results and a "Primetime Companion" that will offer such auxiliary items as trivia, polls, slide shows, videos and athlete biographies.

On social media: The NBC Olympics Facebook page (facebook.com/nbcolympics) features up-to-date news, polls, photo galleries, trivia and shareable images. NBCUniversal has also partnered with Twitter (twitter.com/Olympics), and it will aggregate tweets from athletes, coaches, fans, commentators and other sources. NBC Olympics has taken over the NBC Sports Google Plus page for the duration of the games. Photo-sharing site Instagram will provide behind-the-scenes pictures and allow fans to share their own photos. Tumblr will feature "visually stunning" content and a tribute to fans.

At theaters and bars: If you want to see today's Opening Ceremony in all its glitz and glory, the Angelika Film Center and Cafe in Dallas' Mockingbird Station is hosting a watching party. It's free to watch on the big screen, but seating is first come, first served. The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.A few other watching parties include:

The Pour House, 2725 W. Seventh St., 817-335-2575, pour-house.com.

From Across the Pond , 3809 Colleyville Blvd., which has such British dishes as shepherd's pie and bangers and mash. Call 817-428-2332 or check From Across the Pond's Facebook page.

Time Out Tavern , 5101 W. Lovers Lane in Dallas, 214-956-9552, totdfw.com.

The Londoner Pub, which is offering Olympic-themed specials, 14930 Midway Road, Addison, 972-458-2444, londoneraddison.com.

Robert Philpot, 817-390-7872

Twitter: @rphilpot

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