In just a matter of weeks, millions of sports enthusiasts will be glued to their screens for one of the biggest sporting events of the year: the Tokyo Olympics. After a year-long hiatus, fans are eager to see how the summer games will play out, from intense track and field races to gold-winning gymnastics routines (yes, we’re looking at you, Simone Biles). But we’re curious to know, will these competitions be available to watch online? And if so, what are the streaming service options? Read on for more details on how to live stream the Olympics.
1. First off, when will the Olympics begin?
Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Olympics were postponed for a year (which is why you’ll notice that this year’s games still have the 2020 branding). Now, they’re scheduled to be held from July 23 to Aug. 8 in Tokyo, Japan. It’s worth noting that some of these events, including the soccer tournaments, will begin a few days before the official start of the multi-sport event.
2. Here’s how to live stream the Olympics
Aside from the live broadcast on NBC, fans can see Olympics coverage on NBCOlympics.com and through the NBC Sports app. Even better, fans can also watch the games through their streaming service, Peacock, according to NBC Sports.
Starting July 24, there will be four live Olympics shows available to stream throughout the event (after the opening ceremony). They include Tokyo LIVE, Tokyo Gold, On Her Turf at the Olympics and Tokyo Tonight—all of which are available for free on Peacock's Olympics channel, Tokyo NOW.
Per the official press release, Jen Brown, SVP of Topical Programming and Development for Peacock, confirmed, “Peacock is thrilled to stream the most anticipated Olympics in history. Our shows on the Tokyo NOW channel will give audiences the latest and greatest from the Games, including live competition each morning and quality coverage every night, all for free.”
Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer of NBC Olympics, also added, “From live coverage to vibrant new content, these shows complement our already extensive linear coverage and will stand out on this growing platform.”
3. What other Streaming Services include the Tokyo Olympic Games?
Even if you don't have Peacock, there are plenty of other streaming services that offer coverage of the Summer Games—although the amount of coverage will vary. See below for the full list of options.
Hulu (with Live TV): The streaming service offers a wide variety of channels through the Live TV option, including NBC, which means you’ll be able to broadcast the events live.
YouTube TV: If you’ve signed up for the TV package, YouTube will be offering some coverage of the sporting events through their Olympic Channel.
Sling TV: If you have the Sling Blue package with Sports Extra, you’ll have access to the Olympic Channel, which includes live events and year-round coverage of sports from around the globe. Still, the service has limited coverage rights to stream the Olympics, so you may not get to see everything that’s going down.
FuboTV: This sports streaming service also has limited coverage rights from NBC, but it includes the Olympic Channel as part of their package.