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- The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will run from July 23 to August 8 after a one-year delay.
- NBC is providing live coverage of the games on its networks, along with select events on Peacock.
- Check out our schedule breakdowns for track and field, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, and soccer.
The Tokyo Olympics held its opening ceremonies on July 23 after a one-year delay, welcoming thousands of athletes from 205 countries and states. The international competition will continue through August 8 with events from 33 different sports.
Live broadcasts and streamed events from Tokyo are available every day on NBC and other NBC affiliate networks. Free highlights and select live events are also available on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service. You can find full channel details and schedules for upcoming track and field, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, and soccer events in our individual articles for each sport.
Because the event was originally planned for last year, this year’s Summer Olympics are still being called the Tokyo 2020 Games. Japan hosted the Winter Olympics in 1998, and last hosted the summer games in 1964.
How to watch the Olympics
To watch the Olympics you’ll need access to NBC and its affiliated networks. Olympic coverage is spread across multiple NBC channels, including NBC Sports Network, CNBC, the Olympic Channel, the Golf Channel, and USA; Telemundo and Universo carry Spanish language coverage. You can find channel details and schedules for track and field, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, and soccer in our breakdowns for each sport.
If you have a pay-TV provider with access to NBC’s various channels, you can use your account information to stream every Olympic event online via the NBC Sports app or the NBCOlympics website. You can also visit NBCOlympics.com to view the daily Olympics schedule with specific network information for every event.
NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, also features daily highlights, docuseries, commentary, and a limited selection of live events for free. Peacock is available on iOS and Android devices, Roku, Amazon Fire, Xbox, web browsers, and select smart TVs.
Live TV services with NBC coverage of the Olympics
If you don’t already have a cable or TV provider, you can use a live TV streaming service like YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, or FuboTV to watch the Olympics live on channels like NBC, NBC Sports, and USA.
Of those options, Sling’s Blue plan is the most affordable at $35 a month ($10 for your first month) for NBC, USA, and NBC Sports. However, to watch all of NBC’s live Olympic coverage on Sling, you’ll need to add the $11 sports package to get access to the Olympic Channel and Golf Channel, as well as the $6 news package for CNBC.
How to watch the Olympics opening ceremony
The opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics was broadcast live on July 23 at 6:55 a.m. ET on NBC. If you have a pay-TV provider with access to NBC, you can stream a replay of the opening ceremony via NBCOlympics.com, the NBC Sports app, or any live TV streaming service with access to NBC.
The opening ceremony is also available to watch on-demand via Peacock, NBC’s standalone streaming service.
Key dates for the Tokyo Olympics
- July 20 – Olympic competition begins with softball matches at 8 p.m. ET
- July 23 – Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony at 6:55 a.m. ET
- July 24 to July 31 – Swimming: daily coverage at 9:30 p.m. ET
- July 27 – Gymnastics: Women’s team final, 6:45 a.m. ET
- July 29 – Gymnastics: Women’s individual all-around, 6:50 a.m. ET
- July 31 – Track and Field: Women’s 100-meter finals, 6 a.m. ET
- August 1 – Track and Field: Men’s 100-meter finals, 6 a.m. ET
- August 6 – Basketball: Men’s gold medal game, 10:30 p.m. ET
- August 8 – Last day of the Tokyo Olympics