How to Watch the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympic Games

2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympic Games

Get ready for the Tokyo Paralympic Games by finding your country’s broadcasting information below. The opening ceremony is set for August 24th and swimming kicks off August 25th in Tokyo.

Like the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games will be held without spectators. While that might lead people to believe there will be a rise in television viewership, NBC’s coverage of the 2021 Olympics had the worst ratings of Olympic coverage in recent years. On night 8, they had an audience of 9.29 million viewers while night 8 of every Olympics since at least 2000 had more than 20 million viewers.

U.S. Television

NBC Universal, who has a deal with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to broadcast the Olympic Games in the U.S. from 2021-2032, will typically live stream morning events. NBC paid $7.75 billion for this deal.

Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Time, so for example swimming finals will take place at 4 a.m. U.S. Eastern time. You can view the full NBC TV schedule for the Paralympic Games here.

  • Swimming events will air live daily on NBCSN for finals 
  • All sports shown on TV can be viewed live on and the NBC Sports app which requires a cable or internet provider. Both sources will also live stream archery, badminton, boccia, canoe, cycling, equestrian, goalball, judo, marathon, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, soccer 5-a-side, swimming, table tennis, track & field, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, and wheelchair tennis.
  • What’s on now? This NBC schedule will show what sports are currently competing and what events are coming up next.
  • See what time swimming starts in each time zone here.

Other sports:

  • Olympic Channel will show re-airs and live triathlon, track and field in the evening, table tennis and rowing, and marathon
  • NBCSN will also show wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, cycling (track), goalball, track & field, wheelchair tennis, judo, triathlon, table tennis, rowing, sitting volleyball, cycling (road), and canoe/kayak.
  • Peacock will be showing “medal round action” in sports including men and women’s wheelchair basketball, and women’s sitting volleyball
  • The NBC SPORTS App on your smartphone or streaming device will let you watch what’s live, what’s on replay, and show you what’s coming up soon.

List of Country and Broadcasting Networks by Continent

Here’s a look at broadcasting networks on each continent. The top countries of the 2016 Rio Games medals table are included in this list. Click here for a complete list of broadcasting information around the world.


  • South Africa – SuperSport, TV5 Monde Afrique


  • China – CCTV 
  • Japan – NHK, Fuji TV, Green Channel, JCOM, Nippon TV, TBS, TV Asahi, TV Tokyo
  • South Korea – KBS, MBC, SBS, KPC
  • Uzbekistan – Uzreport TV
  • Singapore – Mediacorp


  • Ukraine – UAPBC
  • Great Britain – Channel 4
  • Belarus – IPC
  • Spain – TVE, Cadena Cope Radio, Sociedad Espanola de Radiodiffusion, Onda Cero
  • The Netherlands – NOS
  • Italy – RAI 
  • Norway – NRK
  • Hungary – MTVA
  • Sweden – SVT
  • Czech Republic – Czech TV – Ceska Televize

North America

  • USA – NBC Universal
  • United States Active Military: view instructions here
  • Canada – AMItv, CBC, CPC, SRC
  • Cuba – ICRT
  • Mexico – Claro

South America

  • Brazil – TV Globo
  • Colombia – Claro


  • Australia – Seven
  • New Zealand – TVNZ

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2 years ago

The IPC is streaming the paralympics on the paralympic games channel.(Y1outube)

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