Let the (finally) games begin!
The postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics are set to begin on Friday after a year of delays and persistent logistical issues. Because all spectators are prohibited in Tokyo, the only way to watch the Olympics is via cable or internet streaming.
- Here’s everything you need to know about watching the Olympics.
What is the best way to watch or stream the Olympics?
According to Bustle, your local NBC station should be your go-to viewing spot for maximum Olympic content.
NBC will broadcast Olympic events on Peacock, NBC Sports, and NBC’s Olympics website for those who have cut the cord on cable TV.
- NBC’s connected streaming service is called Peacock. According to the platform’s website, the majority of Olympic content will be available for free to anybody with an account. Peacock offers a 7-day free trial, after which a Premium subscription with unlimited access to all material costs $4.99 per month.
- Except for men’s basketball, all Olympic coverage on Peacock will be free to watch, according to Yahoo Sports.
When will the Tokyo Olympics be held?
According to Deseret News, the Tokyo Olympics will take place from Friday, July 23, to Sunday, August 8, in Tokyo, Japan.
It’s vital to keep the time difference in mind when watching the Olympics. Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, and 15 hours ahead of Mountain Standard Time.
- According to Bustle, evening events in Tokyo will take place in the morning in the United States.
- For those viewing from the United States, the morning festivities in Tokyo will take place the evening before.
NBC and Peacock have a programme of daily recap shows to assist you catch up and keep up with the newest events to handle the time shift, according to NBC:
- “Tokyo LIVE” will summarise “overnight” developments and show live major events from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. MT.
- “Tokyo Gold” will broadcast highlights from the previous day as well as previews of upcoming events from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT.
- The special section “On Her Turf” will air from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. MT and will feature strong, powerful women from Team USA.
- “Tokyo Tonight” will use a live studio show from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. MT to examine highlights from the Games.
When and how to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics
On Friday, July 23, at 5 a.m. MT, NBC will broadcast (and live stream!) the opening ceremony. According to Yahoo Sports, the closing ceremony will run at the same early-morning time on Sunday, Aug. 8.
According to Yahoo Sports, the opening ceremony will be repeated 12 hours later during prime time, beginning at 5:30 p.m. MT.
According to Bustle, some highly anticipated events to keep an eye on include:
- Basketball is on CNBC, NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, and Peacock from July 24 to August 8.
- Gymnastics airs on NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, and Peacock from July 23 to August 3.
- Swimming highlights will be broadcast on NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, and Peacock from July 24 to August 4.
- Track and field will be broadcast on NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, and Peacock from July 30 to August 7.
- NBC has also released the whole viewing schedule, along with additional information.
Fans in the United States will have to get up early in the morning to watch the Olympics in real time, but the chance to witness history being made is worth it.