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How to Watch the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo

A Complete Rundown of All Your Viewing Options For This Summer's Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO, JAPAN - 2021/03/15: Olympic Rings installation in front of the Japan Olympic Museum in Shinjuku.Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were moved to be held between 7.23 - 8.8, 2021. (Photo by Stanislav Kogiku/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Tokyo Olympics are just a few months away, which means it's time to start thinking about how you can watch all your favorite Olympic events and athletes! In the US, broadcast rights for the Olympics belong to NBCUniversal, and with the launch of Peacock, there will be even more options for watching the Games this year. Because Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of the East Coast, time delays may be a factor, but here's what we know so far about when and where you can watch the events.

Can I Stream the Tokyo Olympics?

As part of the Olympics' broadcast deal with NBC, a large portion of the Summer Games will be available to stream on Peacock. NBC Sports announced four daily live Olympics shows that will stream throughout the Games, starting July 24 (the day after the opening ceremonies). All four shows will stream for free on Tokyo NOW, Peacock's channel dedicated to the Olympics. Here's what you can expect to see every day:

  • Tokyo LIVE: 6 to 11 a.m. ET, with live competition, athlete interviews, medal ceremonies, and other daily highlights of the competition.
  • Tokyo Gold: 11 a.m. to noon ET, recapping each day's standout moments, including expert analysis and athlete interviews. The show will then repeat over the next few hours until the next live broadcast starts.
  • On Her Turf at the Olympics: Monday through Saturday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. ET and Sunday from 6 to 6:30 p.m. ET, highlighting the amazing women athletes competing in Tokyo.
  • Tokyo Tonight: Monday through Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to midnight ET and Sunday from 6:30 to 11 p.m. ET, featuring broadcasts of the day's events, including live coverage, interviews, and other features.

You'll also be able to stream Olympics coverage on NBC's various digital platforms, but only if you have a paid subscription to a partner cable, satellite, or streaming service.

Will the Tokyo Olympics Be Broadcast on TV?

Just like years past, the Olympics will also have significant coverage on traditional broadcast and cable TV. NBC will kick off Olympics coverage with a live, early-morning broadcast of the opening ceremonies, starting at 6:55 a.m. ET on July 23. (The ceremonies will be replayed that evening for primetime viewers.) The official broadcast schedule has not yet been announced, but the NBC Olympics hub will have ongoing updates about when you can catch your favorite events live, tape delayed, or even streaming online.

As with past Olympics, it's a pretty safe bet that NBC will be using several of its channels to broadcast multiple events simultaneously. NBC itself, as well as cable channels like NBC Sports and The Olympic Channel, will most likely all air ongoing coverage, but you'll have to be sure to check your local listings closer to the Games.

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