How to Watch the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the U.S. and Around the World

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.

U.S. Television

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.

Other sports:

  • 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. 

Africa

  • Kenya- KTN
  • South Africa- SABC

Asia

  • Azerbaijan- AzTV
  • China- CCTV
  • Iran- IRIB
  • Japan- Japan Consortium (JC)
  • South Korea- KBS, MBC, SBS
  • Uzbekistan- MTRK

Europe

  • 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

North America

  • Canada- CBC/Radio-Canada
  • Cuba- ICRT
  • Jamaica- TVJ
  • Mexico- Televisa, TV Azteca
  • United States- NBC Universal
  • United States Active Military- View Instructions here

South America

  • Argentina- TVP, TyC Sports
  • Brazil- Grupo Globo, BandSports
  • Colombia- Caracol Televisión

Australia

  • Australia- Seven Network
  • New Zealand- Sky Network Television, TVNZ

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Khachaturian
3 days ago

At last, our time has finally come.

Jiang Yang
3 days ago

In France, France Télévision is also showing the Olympics, which is important since they’re a public channel and Eurosport is private.

Gus Spohn
2 days ago

Is there any television coverage of the final day of Olympic swimming, Sunday, Aug. 1, which includes the men’s and women’s 50 free, men’s 1500, and the men’s and women’s 4X100 medley relays? I can’t find a listing anywhere.

Gus Spohn
Reply to  Gus Spohn
2 days ago

Looks like the last day might be live on NBC Olympics channel, although there is some ambiguity.

Breezeway
2 days ago

Using Peacock Premium is a joke. They should not charge a dime for any of these Olympic events

Swimming supporter
2 days ago

Ireland – RTÉ

50free
2 days ago

Is there a way to listen to any commentator other than rowdy without a vpn?

Stewie
Reply to  50free
2 days ago

$7 is a very small price to pay to avoid him.

just a coach
2 days ago

So I’ve gotta get peacock premium to watch basketball 😐

Admin
Reply to  just a coach
2 days ago

Most of it. Some of it will be on NBC, etc.

Masters swimmer
2 days ago

question: I just signed up for free Peacock NBC. Do I need to pay more to get premium to watch the Olympics?