With the Olympics set to have the opening ceremony on July 23, become familiar with the broadcasting network of each country by viewing the list below. The Tokyo Olympics, including swimming, begin competition on July 24. No fans from any country will be allowed to spectate in person, meaning that television ratings could be through-the-roof.
NBC Universal has a deal with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to broadcast in the U.S. from 2021- 2032, a time span that will cover 6 Games. NBC agreed to pay $7.75 billion. During the 2016 Rio Games, an average of 25.4 million people in the U.S. watched the Olympics on NBC primetime.
With Tokyo 13 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone, most of the live coverage will be early in the morning in the U.S. From July 24-July 30, the swimming heats will be covered at 6 am EST and finals will be covered at 9:30 pm EST. Only finals will take place on July 31, that coverage will also be at 9:30 pm. See the NBC schedule with channel details and streaming links here.
- Swimming events will air live daily on the USA Network for prelims and NBC for finals.
- All Sports can be viewed live on NBCOlympics.com in their standalone format. You’ll need access to a participating cable or internet provider.
- What’s on now? Use this schedule from NBC to see what’s on right now on each participating channel/network.
- See what time swimming starts in each time zone here.
- USA Network will air swimming, track and field, diving, beach volleyball, volleyball, cycling, triathlon, basketball, soccer and water polo.
- CNBC will air diving, beach volleyball, skateboarding, rowing, canoeing, archery, water polo and rugby.
- NBCSN will air soccer, softball, beach volleyball, table tennis, handball, badminton, fencing and equestrian.
- Golf Channel will air golf live.
- Peacock FREE will stream gymnastics, track & field, and lots of bonus content
- Peacock PREMIUM will air men’s basketball
- NBC will air a variety of sports, including the marquee men’s and women’s basketball gold medal games.
- The NBC SPORTS App on your smart device or streaming device, like Roku, will let you watch what’s live, what’s on replay, and tell you what’s coming up soon.
List of Country and Broadcasting Networks by Continent
Below is a list of each broadcasting network for the specific country. Included in this list were the top countries from the 2016 Rio Games medal standings.
- Kenya- KTN
- South Africa- SABC
- Azerbaijan- AzTV
- China- CCTV
- Iran- IRIB
- Japan- Japan Consortium (JC)
- South Korea- KBS, MBC, SBS
- Uzbekistan- MTRK
- Austria- ORF
- Croatia- HRT
- Czech Republic- ČT
- Denmark- DR
- France- Eurosport, France Télévision
- Germany- ARD, ZDF
- Greece- ERT
- Hungary- MTVA
- Ireland – RTÉ
- Italy- RAI
- Netherlands- NOS
- Poland- TVP
- Russia- Channel One, Match TV
- Spain- RTVE
- Sweden- Kanal 5
- Switzerland- SRG SSR
- Ukraine- Suspline
- United Kingdom- BBC, Eurosport
- Canada- CBC/Radio-Canada
- Cuba- ICRT
- Jamaica- TVJ
- Mexico- Televisa, TV Azteca
- United States- NBC Universal
- United States Active Military- View Instructions here
- Argentina- TVP, TyC Sports
- Brazil- Grupo Globo, BandSports
- Colombia- Caracol Televisión
- Australia- Seven Network
- New Zealand- Sky Network Television, TVNZ