The 2012 Olympics are finally at hand, after four long years of training and anticipation by the world's best athletes and fans of sport from every corner of the globe.

This year, the world is coming together once again in the name of sport for the Summer Games, which are being held in the beautiful new Olympics facilities in London, England.

This article will help ensure that you don't miss a second of the action by offering a comprehensive, country-by-country breakdown of what channels are broadcasting the London Summer Games in your section of the world, and where you can find a schedule of what channels to turn to in order to watch the events live on TV.

This article is also accompanied (see above left image) by a calendar with a full breakdown of what Olympic sports and events will be taking place each day in London as the 2012 Summer Games progress.

In the United States of America, NBC's range of channels are the only ones that will be offering live TV broadcasts of the 2012 Summer Olympics. NBC has set up a website to make the process of finding out what channel your favorite sports and events will be broadcast on as easy as possible.

American Olympics watchers: simply click this link, type in your zip code and cable provider, and NBC's local listings for your area will be displayed in a comprehensive 2012 Olympics TV broadcast schedule.

Depending on your cable carrier, various 2012 Olympics events and sports will be broadcast on channels to include NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC Sports, Bravo, NBC Soccer, NBC Basketball and Telemundo, which will offer live coverage of the 2012 Olympics in Spanish.

Though the luckiest Brits will be in attendance at the Summer Games in London, those who are unable to attend in person will be able to watch the 2012 Olympics from the comfort of their own homes by tuning to the BBC's exclusive coverage of all the events and sports, which will be broadcast on the BBC's range of channels..

The BBC has made it simple for the English to follow all the action. Simply click this link to be taken to a day-by-day calendar of all the BBC's programming for the 2012 Olympics. Click on the day on the calendar you'd like to see the TV channel breakdown for, and a detailed list of offerings will be displayed.

The 2012 Olympics will be carried in the U.K. on BBC channels including BBC News Channel, BBC HD, BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, Red Button.

The following list is a comprehensive breakdown of what TV channels will be offering coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics in countries around the world. The source for this information is Wikipedia, but each country's provider has been verified by a reliable, outside source in the footnotes at the end of the Wikipedia article, which can be read by clicking on the Ref number in the far right-hand column.

TerritoryBroadcasterRef
width=22 ArgentinaTyC[17]
 Asia[6]
width=22 Australia[18][4]
width=22 Azerbaijan?TV[19]
width=22 BelarusBelteleradio[20]
width=22 BulgariaBNT[21]
width=22 Brazil[22][23][24]
width=22 Canada[25][26][27]
 CaribbeanInternational Media Content Limited[28]
width=22 Chile[29]
width=22 ChinaCCTV[30]
width=22 Chinese Taipei[31][32]
width=22 ColombiaCaracol TV[33]
width=22 CroatiaHRT[34]
width=22 CubaICRT[35]
width=22 Czech Republic?T[36]
width=22 DenmarkTV 2[37]
width=22 Europe[38][39]
width=22 EstoniaETV[40]
width=22 FinlandYle[41]
width=22 France[42][43]
width=22 Germany[44]
width=22 Hong Kong[45][46]
width=22 HungaryMTV[47]
width=22 IndiaDD[48]
width=22 IndonesiaTVRI[49]
width=22 IsraelIBA[50]
width=22 Italy[51][52]
width=22 IrelandRTé[53]
width=22 Jamaica
  • CVM Television
  • TVJ
[54][55]
width=22 Japan[56][57]
width=22 Kazakhstan[58]
 Latin America[59][60]
width=22 LatviaLTV[61]
width=22 LithuaniaLRT[62]
width=22 Macau[63][30]
width=22 MalaysiaRTM[64]
width=22 MexicoTelevisa[65]
 Middle East[66][67]
width=22 New Zealand[68][69]
width=22 Nigeria[70]
 North AfricaOSN[67]
width=22 North KoreaSBS[9]
width=22 Norway[71]
width=22 PanamaCorporación Medcom[72]
width=22 PeruAmérica Televisión[73]
width=22 Philippines[74][75]
width=22 Poland[76][77]
width=22 Portugal[78][79]
width=22 Puerto RicoPuerto Rico TV[80][81]
width=22 Romania[82][83]
width=22 Singapore[84][85]
width=22 SloveniaRTVSLO[86]
width=22 South Africa[75][87]
width=22 South Korea[9][88]
width=22 South AmericaESPN Latin America6[89]
 Sub-Saharan Africa[75][87][90]
width=22 SpainRTVE[91]
width=22 Sri LankaSLRC[92]
width=22 SwedenSVT[93]
width=20 SwitzerlandSRG SSR[94]
width=22 Thailand[95]
width=22 TurkeyTRT[96]
width=22 United Arab EmiratesAbu Dhabi Sports Channel[97]
width=22 United KingdomBBC[98]
width=22 United States[99][100][101]
width=22 UruguayTenfield[102]
width=22 VenezuelateleSUR[103]
width=22 VietnamVTV[104]