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How to watch the Tokyo 2020 Olympics online

Watch live coverage of more than 30 games this summer in Japan.


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Since NBC is hosting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this year, you’ll have access to live coverage to more than 30 sports on either the Olympic Channel or NBC Sports. While these channels require cable TV to watch for free, check out the streaming platforms that include the Olympics as part of a subscription.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed

On March 24th, the International Olympic Committee announced that due to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, the Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games will be postponed to a later date in 20201, though they will still be called the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This page will be updated as more info comes out.

When is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

You can catch the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9.

How to watch the Tokyo 2020 Olympics online: Paid and free options

Option 1: Watching the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with Peacock

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    • Cost: Free
    • Setup time: Less than five minutes, no installation required
Peacock is NBC’s free streaming service that launches shortly before the Summer Olympics begin. The standard subscription is free, with access to all of its content — but with ads. It features exclusive live coverage of the Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies before they air on NBC. Or, dig in to the day with pre-Olympic shows Tokyo Live, Tokyo Daily Digest, or watch medal ceremonies and highlights with Tokyo Tonight.

Watch the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with the Peacock app, which we anticipate to be compatible across mobile and streaming devices. There’s no mention of a free trial if you choose to upgrade to another service tier.

Option 2: Watching the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with Sling TV

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  • Cost: $30
  • Setup time: Less than five minutes, no installation required.

Watch the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Sling TV when you combine a Sling Blue subscription to the Sports Extra package for $30 a month. You can access the games from the Olympic Channel if you live in a region with market blackout to stream NBC Sports.

Sling TV comes with a seven-day free trial and is compatible with various iOS and Android mobile devices, Facebook Portal, Xbox One and Chromecast.

Option 3: Watching the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with FuboTV

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  • Cost: $59.99 a month
  • Setup time: Less than five minutes, no installation required

A FuboTV subscription has more than 100 channels that includes both NBC and the Olympics channel for $59.99 a month. Both channels give you access to live coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as well as midday highlights and recaps. You can even save up to 30-hours in your cloud DVR.

FuboTV offers a seven-day free trial for new customers. While access is limited to two devices at a time, access across smart TVs and mobile devices.

Bottom line

In the past, you’d miss watching the Olympics live without cable. This year, you’ll find the games in Tokyo with a few streaming services, including from its network service, Peacock.

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