How you can watch the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics

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Feb 4, 2020

In an effort to fight the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) — and give all the world’s athletes a better chance to train and prepare — the Tokyo Olympics has been postponed to July 2021.

Gymnast Simone Biles, runner Christian Coleman, swimmer Caeleb Dressel and skateboarder Nyjah Huston are just a few American athletes ready to take center stage at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Olympic Games are a celebration every four years of the world’s finest athletes, where they compete for global glory and coveted medals. In July 2020, spectators around the world will be watching the two-week event to be held in Tokyo, Japan.

This will be Tokyo’s second time as a host city, having previously held Asia’s first Olympic Games in 1964. Those Olympics were the last at which officials used handheld stopwatches to time races. For 2020, the event’s centerpiece will be Tokyo’s National Stadium, which has undergone a $1.25 billion renovation for both the Olympics and the 2019 Rugby World Cup. More than 40 venues around the city, including seven soccer stadiums, will host events. 

The Olympics bring together multiple sports and disciplines under one umbrella, honor athletic achievement and put various niche sports in the global spotlight. They not only unite fans of various events but also countries, as athletes from nations all over the world compete against each other. In 1964, more than 1,151 athletes from 93 countries participated in the Tokyo Olympics. This year, the spectacle will bring together more than 11,000 athletes from over 200 countries to compete in 339 events across 33 sports.

In terms of new sporting event additions, Tokyo 2020 will have 15 events and three sports inaugurated into the Olympic Games structure. Freestyle BMX, Madison cycling and 3×3 basketball will become Olympic events for the first time. Karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing will also make an appearance. Baseball and softball will be on the schedule for the first time since 2008.

Channels showing the 2020 Olympics

NBC has the exclusive broadcast rights for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which means the events will be available via local NBC stations. The channels available through NBC will be:

  • NBC
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NBC Sports Gold – Will run a dedicated, ad-free Olympics package

How to stream the 2020 Olympics

NBC Sports will host a 24/7 stream on its website throughout the Olympics, where viewers will be able to watch by verifying they are a cable subscriber. Action will also be available via the NBC Sports app on mobile phones, streaming devices and gaming consoles.

Cable cord cutters can also view the competition through a streaming service via smartphones, set-top TV boxes, streaming devices or gaming consoles. Some providers will offer live coverage and others solely on-demand content, depending on your location.

Top streaming options for the 2020 Olympic Games

AT&T TV – Provides NBC, as well as regional sports networks, CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FOX Sports 1 and SEC Network

AT&T TV NOW – Offers access to NBC, as well as regional sports networks, CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FOX Sports 1 and SEC Network.

fuboTV – Has limited NBC access, so check its local coverage first. It also has access to regional sports networks, Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, FOX Sports 1 and Pac-12 Network.

Hulu + Live TV – Provides the widest access to NBC as well as several local channels, regional sports networks, Big Ten Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and SEC Network.

Sling TV – NBC is typically only available in major markets, but Sling TV is more affordable than other services on this list. Also includes regional sports networks, ESPN network, FOX Sports 1 and SEC Network.

YouTube TV – Provides access to NBC in most major markets, as well as local channels, regional sports networks, ACC Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FOX Sports 1 and SEC Network.

These streaming services charge a monthly fee, but all of them have one-week free trials available that users can tap to access the Olympic Games and watch their favorite events.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics schedule

Tokyo 2020’s Opening Ceremony will take place on July 24 and the closing ceremony is Aug. 9. It will be followed by the Paralympics, which will run from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6. The schedule begins with the traditional lighting of the Olympic Torch in Greece, followed by a torch relay across Japan beginning in Naraha, Fukushima on March 26.

Tokyo 2020 will have the following schedule:

Wednesday, July 22

  • Soccer
  • Softball

Thursday, July 23

  • Soccer
  • Softball

Friday, July 24

  • Opening ceremony
  • Archery
  • Rowing

Saturday, July 25

  • 3×3 Basketball
  • Archery
  • Artistic gymnastics
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Beach volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing (Slalom)
  • Equestrian (Dressage)
  • Fencing
  • Canoeing (Slalom)
  • Equestrian (Dressage)
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics (Artistic)
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Road cycling
  • Rowing
  • Shooting (Rifle and Pistol) 
  • Soccer
    Softball
  • Swimming 
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting

Sunday, July 26

  • 3×3 Basketball
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing (Slalom)
  • Diving
    Equestrian (Dressage)
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics (Artistic)
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Road cycling
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Shooting (Rifle and Pistol) 
  • Shooting (Shotgun)
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Street Skateboarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting

Monday, July 27

  • 3×3 Basketball
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing (Slalom)

  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics (Artistic)
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Shooting (Shotgun)
  • Softball
  • Street Skateboarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting

Tuesday, July 28

  • 3×3 Basketball
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing (Slalom)

  • Diving
  • Equestrian (Dressage)
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics (Artistic)
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Shooting (Rifle and Pistol) 
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Swimming 
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting

Wednesday, July 29

  • 3×3 Basketball
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing (Slalom)
  • Diving
  • Equestrian (Dressage)
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics (Artistic)
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Road Cycling
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Shooting (shotgun) 
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Swimming 
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Weightlifting

Thursday, July 30

  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • BMX Racing
  • Canoeing (Slalom)
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics (Artistic)
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Shooting (Rifle and Pistol)
  • Shooting (Shotgun) 
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Swimming 
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Friday, July 31

  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • BMX Racing
  • Canoeing (Slalom)
  • Diving
  • Equestrian (Eventing)
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics (Trampoline)
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Race Walk
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Shooting (Rifle and Pistol)
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Swimming 
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field Athletics
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Saturday, Aug. 1

  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • BMX Freestyle
  • Diving
  • Equestrian (Eventing)
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics (Trampoline)
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Shooting (Rifle and Pistol)
  • Shooting (Shotgun)
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Swimming 
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field Athletics
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting

Sunday, Aug. 2

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • BMX Freestyle
  • Diving
  • Equestrian (Eventing)
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics (Artistic)
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Marathon
  • Sailing
  • Shooting (Rifle and Pistol)
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Swimming 
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field Athletics
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

Monday, Aug. 3

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Canoeing (Sprint)
  • Diving
  • Equestrian (Eventing)
  • Gymnastics (Artistic)
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Sailing
  • Shooting (Rifle and Pistol)
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table Tennis
  • Track & Field Athletics

  • Track Cycling
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

Tuesday, Aug. 4

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing (Sprint)
  • Diving
  • Equestrian (Jumping)
  • Gymnastics (Artistic)
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Sport Climbing
  • Swimming (Artistic)
  • Table Tennis
  • Track & Field Athletics
  • Track Cycling
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

Wednesday, Aug. 5

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing (Sprint)
  • Diving
  • Equestrian (Jumping)
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Sailing
  • Skateboarding (Park)
  • Softball
  • Sport Climbing
  • Swimming (Artistic)
  • Swimming (Marathon)
  • Table Tennis
  • Track & Field Athletics
  • Track Cycling
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

Thursday, Aug. 6

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing (Sprint)
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Karate
  • Modern Pentathlon
  • Skateboarding (Park)
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Sport Climbing
  • Swimming (Marathon)
  • Table Tennis
  • Track & Field Athletics
  • Track Cycling
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Friday, Aug. 7

  • Basketball
  • Beach volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing (Sprint)
  • Diving
  • Equestrian (Jumping)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics (Rhythmic)
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Karate
  • Modern Pentathlon
  • Race Walk
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Sport Climbing
  • Swimming (Artistic)
  • Table Tennis
  • Track & Field Athletics
  • Track Cycling
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Saturday, Aug. 8

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing (Sprint)
  • Diving
  • Equestrian (Jumping)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics (Rhythmic)
  • Handball
  • Karate
  • Modern Pentathlon
  • Race Walk
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming (Artistic)
  • Track & Field Athletics
  • Track Cycling
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Sunday, Aug. 9

  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Gymnastics (Rhythmic)
  • Handball
  • Marathon
  • Softball
  • Track Cycling
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Closing Ceremony

The bottom line

The 2020 Olympics are arguably the world’s greatest sporting occasion. No other event brings together so many athletes from such a diverse range of sports, disciplines and countries. It’s a global festival of sport and physical achievement.

NBC will broadcast the event, so it will be available on live TV and via various video streaming services. Bear in mind that Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of the East Coast and 16 hours ahead of the West Coast, so you may want to try a streaming service that has plenty of DVR storage so you can watch on your schedule.