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The delayed 2020 Olympics are in full swing in Japan. Unlike many sporting events that are broadcast widely, the coverage at the Olympics is restricted. You can’t fire up your phone and find a stream to watch. If you want to follow your favorite sport or athlete as they compete, you’ll have to know where and when to watch.
The Olympics are being held in Tokyo, so you need to keep in mind the time zone differences, especially if you want to follow an event as it happens.
Coverage also is very restricted. The Olympics have brokered broadcast rights with select TV companies, and content is delivered based on your geographic region. For example, folks in the United States will be able to watch the American teams compete but won’t be able to follow the Japanese entrants.
Coverage in the US is provided through NBC, which determines which events will be shown and when they will be aired. You can view a roundup of the events and their times here.
You can watch the Olympics on Peacock, NBC’s television streaming service.
Peacock offers a free tier that’ll provide access to most of the network’s 2020 Toyko Olympics coverage.
Folks with a cable TV subscription can tune into the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on NBC’s dedicated Olympics website or via the NBC Sports app for iOS and the Apple TV. Viewers will be required to log in using their cable provider’s credentials to access all the content.
If you don’t have cable service, you can use a temporary pass provided by NBC. This 30-minute pass allows you to watch a snippet of the Olympics coverage without signing into the website.
NBC will not be preempting all of its Prime Time coverage for the Olympics. The company will instead be directing people to their Olympics website for the most comprehensive coverage of the international sporting event. Most of what you see on your local NBC affiliates will be highlight reels and daily news. Any coverage that it does provide will be time-delayed.