How to watch the Tokyo Olympic Games

How to watch the Tokyo Olympic Games
Posted at 5:57 AM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-28 16:07:08-04

The Tokyo Olympics will be contested from July 23 – Aug. 8, 2021, and will be presented across the networks and platforms of NBCUniversal. Stay tuned for more details at a later date on the full competition, streaming and broadcast schedule.

During the Games, Tokyo will be 13 hours ahead of EDT, 16 ahead of PDT. So an event that starts at 10:00a local time Monday will be at 9:00p EDT on Sunday night.

About the Olympics in Tokyo

This marks the fourth Olympics staged in Japan, following Tokyo 1964 (summer), Sapporo 1972 (winter) and Nagano 1988 (winter).

There will be a record-high 339 medal events across 41 sports.

While baseball and softball return to the Olympic program after not being included in 2012 and 2016, five sports will be debuting in Tokyo:

  • Basketball 3×3
  • Karate
  • Skateboarding
  • Sport Climbing
  • Surfing

Some notable events added in other sports include:

  • Archery – Mixed Team
  • Cycling – BMX Freestyle
  • Judo – Mixed Team
  • Swimming – Men’s 800m, Women’s 1500m, 4x100m Medley Mixed Relay
  • Track & Field – 4x400m Mixed Relay
  • Triathlon – Mixed Relay

SEE MORE: Tokyo Olympics 101: What are the new sports?

When will the Olympics happen?

Originally scheduled for Summer 2020, the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until Summer 2021 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Opening Ceremony will now take place on Friday, July 23, 2021, with competition beginning as early as Wednesday, July 21 and TV / streaming coverage beginning in the United States on the night of Tuesday, July 20. The Games will conclude with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 8.

SEE MORE: How to watch the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games

On which platforms can I watch the Olympics?

Tokyo Olympic programming will be available across the networks of NBCUniversal. Check back for more details and a full broadcast schedule closer to the Games.

Streaming coverage of the Games will also be available on the digital platforms of NBCUniversal, including the NBC Sports app and Check back for full details closer to the Olympics.

What is available to watch on each platform?

Check back closer to the Olympic Games for a full breakdown of what will be available to watch and stream on each network and digital platform of NBCUniversal.

What do I need to do to watch?

Check back closer to the Games for full instructions on how to watch on each network and digital platform of NBCUniversal.