Tokyo 2021 Olympics live video streaming: guide to online broadcasting and TV channels
We have found out the best live streaming services online and TV channels to watch the Olympics in different countries with their respective schedules.
YouTube TV, Hulu, Peacock and others show the 2021 Olympics
YouTube TV, Hulu, Peacock and others show the 2021 Olympics

The Summer 2021 Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from July 23 till August 8 in Tokyo, Japan. They were postponed for 1 year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the period of the Games we are able to watch 33 different sports, with 339 events producing more than 7000 hours of Olympics content. There is no single streaming service or TV channel, which will be able to broadcast all these events. Options are quite a few and depend on the country you reside in.

International TV broadcasts of the 2021 Olympic Games

Broadcasts in English are the most common.

Major channels which broadcast the 2021 Olympics in English:

  • Olympic Channel
  • NBC
  • NBCSN
  • Eurosport
  • CNBC
  • BBC

The Olympic Channel schedule for Tokyo 2021 Olympics

The Olympic Channel was created by the IOC on 21 July 2016. They have an official website, where you are able to watch video recordings of the competitions, check how your favourite athletes perform along with medals won by all the countries.

Actually, the said channels broadcast in 12 languages: Russian, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Hindi and Korean.

Below is the schedule of Olympic broadcasts on the Olympic Channel

July 26-29:

  • Tennis men’s and women’s singles
  • Tennis men’s and women’s doubles
  • Olympics news

July 30:

  • Tennis men’s singles
  • Tennis men’s and women’s doubles
  • Olympics news

July 31:

  • Tennis men’s and women’s singles
  • Tennis men’s and women’s doubles
  • Olympics news

August 1:

  • Tennis men’s and women’s singles
  • Tennis men’s and women’s doubles
  • Wrestling
  • Olympics news

August 2-3:

  • Wrestling Greco-Roman
  • Wrestling
  • Olympics news

August 4:

  • Wrestling
  • Olympics news

August 5:

  • Wrestling Freestyle
  • Wrestling
  • Olympics news

August 6-7:

  • Wrestling
  • Olympics news

The NBC schedule for Tokyo 2021 Olympics

NBC has a lot of smaller channels in its network, which help it to cover the gigantic audience. Among these channels are NBCSN and CNBC. It is important to stress that these channels are broadcast on TV in North America only, but you can watch Tokyo 2021 Olympics with them on some classy streaming services, which are covered further.

Below is the schedule of Olympic broadcasts on the NBC network.

July 26:

  • Canoe slalom
  • Water polo
  • 3x3 basketball
  • Beach volleyball
  • Synchronized diving
  • Men’s gymnastics
  • Triathlon
  • Swimming

July 27:

  • Canoe slalom
  • Beach volleyball
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming
  • Women’s gymnastic

July 28:

  • Rowing
  • Cycling
  • Beach volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Swimming
  • Men’s gymnastic
  • Men’s diving

July 29:

  • Rowing
  • Cycling (BMX racing)
  • Swimming
  • Women’s gymnastic (all-around)
  • Track and field

July 30:

  • Rowing
  • BMX
  • Canoe
  • Trampoline
  • Diving
  • Beach volleyball
  • Track and field
  • Swimming

July 31:

  • Men’s individual archery
  • Water polo
  • Volleyball
  • Women’s beach volleyball
  • Track and field
  • Swimming

August 1:

  • Volleyball
  • BMX
  • Weightlifting
  • Fencing
  • Tennis
  • Gymnastics
  • Women’s diving
  • Track and field

August 2:

  • Equestrian
  • Beach volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Gymnastics
  • Track and field

August 3:

  • Men's sport climbing
  • Canoe/kayak
  • Cycling
  • Volleyball
  • Men’s diving
  • Gymnastics
  • Track and field

August 4:

  • Equestrian
  • Artistic swimming
  • Women's skateboarding
  • Women’s beach volleyball
  • Track and field
  • Women’s diving

The Eurosport schedule for Tokyo 2021 Olympics

Eurosport is one of the largest European sports television networks, which consists of 10 channels. They have a website where you can watch video recordings and some free online broadcasts of the Olympics, or you can buy the Eurosport subscription to be fully covered.

July 26:

  • Men’s volleyball
  • Judo
  • Weightlift
  • Olympics news
  • Swimming
  • Triathlon

July 27:

  • Swimming
  • Artistic gymnastic
  • Olympics news

July 28:

  • Judo
  • Weightlift
  • Swimming
  • Artistic gymnastic
  • Olympics news

July 29:

  • Judo
  • Volleyball
  • Swimming
  • Artistic gymnastic
  • Olympics news

July 30:

  • Judo
  • Table tennis
  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • Olympics news

July 31:

  • Weightlifting
  • Judo
  • Tennis
  • Olympics news

August 1:

  • Weightlifting
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Olympics news

August 2:

  • Weightlifting
  • Athletics
  • Artistic gymnastics
  • Olympics news

August 3:

  • Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Athletes
  • Artistic Gymnastics
  • Olympics news

August 4:

  • Boxing
  • Weight Lifting
  • Athletics
  • Open water swimming
  • Olympics news

Other TV channels to show Tokyo 2021 Olympics

BBC is the last TV channel on our list, which will broadcast the Olympics in English.

This famous British channel will not show many actual Olympic events, but they will broadcast lots of other content about the 2021 Games, such as interviews of top-level athletes, Olympics news, as well as an Olympic breakfast programme every morning.

And here is a list of local broadcasts in other countries (local languages):

  • Australia — Nine Network
  • Brazil — Grupo Globo
  • Germany — 3sat
  • China — CCTV
  • Republic of Korea — SBS
  • Russia — Channel One, Match TV
  • Ukraine — UA: First
  • France — Eurosport
  • Japan — Japan Consortium

Live streaming services

There are few live streaming services that show Olympics online:

  • Peacock
  • Sling
  • Fubo
  • Hulu
  • YouTube Premium TV

The first will be Peacock. This is an American service, which works in many countries though. You may watch all the content of this service for free with ads, or you can subscribe to Peacock Premium with a $4.99 fee per month. This service is an official broadcaster of many TV channels which let you follow the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. You will be able to watch content from NBC, Eurosport, BBC, Olympic Channel, CBC, USA and other channels.

YouTube Premium TV is the most popular service in the world. It includes all channels which broadcast the Olympics 2021. The first month comes for free, whereas the full subscription costs $64.99 per month. This is probably the most universal way of watching the 2021 Olympics.

Hulu TV is an international service you will surely enjoy. Hulu boasts a quantity of channels over 200, which are available here, including NBC, NBCSN, CBC, Olympic Channel and BBC. You may start your free 2-weeks trial or buy a subscription for $64.99 per month.

Sling TV is another service, where you can watch more than 30 cable channels. Among them are NBC, NBCSN, the Olympic Channel — all showing the Olympic events. This service works in the USA only. You must have a subscription to Sling Blue or Sling Orange to watch the Games, which costs $35 per month. The first month comes with a $10 deal.

Fubo TV is one more service that works for the USA residents. You can get a free 7-days subscription to test this platform, and watch some Olympics content too. There are NBC, as well as NBCSN, and CNBC, and the Olympic Channel among the available channels letting you watch most of the 2021 Olympic events. Full subscription comes with $64.99 per month.

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