Move over anime, J-pop and arcade games because the 2021 Tokyo Olympics have arrived! Novak Djokovic plays Kei Nishikori in the quarter final of the men’s tennis on Thursday 29th July at 3am ET / 8am BST. Follow our guide below to get blanket streaming coverage of Tokyo 2020. UK viewers can watch the Olympics free on BBC iPlayer. Read on to find out how to get a Tokyo Olympics free live stream from anywhere in the world.
How to watch the Tokyo Olympics on TV, online
- When: Friday, July 23 – Sunday, August 8, 2021
- Where: Tokyo, Japan
- Where to watch: FuboTV (Free trial)
- Live stream: Watch here
If you live in the UK and want the best possible coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, try Eurosport via the Discovery+ streaming service for £6.99 a month or £29.99 a year. Discovery has the rights to almost every event and in-depth shows featuring top former Olympians Sir Bradley Wiggins and Greg Rutherford MBE.
New Discovery+ users get a free 3-day trial. You can also subscribe to Amazon Prime and sign up for a free 7-day Eurosport trial. After the trial ends, you can subscribe at the usual £6.99 per month.
The BBC is another good option. BBC One and BBC Two will broadcast over 350 hours of action live from Tokyo, while a live stream available on BBC iPlayer will ensure fans can catch all the unmissable moments online (up to 24 hours a day). It’s all free provided you have a TV licence.
In addition to daily event coverage, JJ Chalmers hosts from midnight to 5am, followed by Dan Walker and Sam Quek co-hosting a special edition of BBC Breakfast from 5am – 9am with the best overnight action. Olympics Extra, a daily in-depth highlights show on BBC Two at 9pm, replays the key moments of the day.
Watch a Tokyo Olympics live stream in the USA
NBC is the official US broadcaster for Tokyo 2020. Don’t have cable? You can watch the games online using cable replacement service Sling T. Pick the Blue package, which includes NBC Sports Network, and get the first month for just $10. It’s $35 per month thereafter but with no contract. Cancel at any time.
Catch all the channels on the Sling TV Blue package, including Tokyo 2020 on the NBC Sports Network, with this superb $10 initial offer. Grab a month-long trial of Sling for just $10 for the first month. It’s then $35 each month after but there’s no contract. Cancel at any time.
Peacock TV, NBC’s streaming platform, is another decent option for cord cutters. Coverage is limited and some events are streamed the day after, due to rights issues, but it’s a great way to watch the men’s basketball gold medal match.
Peacock costs just $4.99 a month (or $9.99 with limited ads) and includes thousands of movies, TV shows, kids content and other live sport. New users get a free 7-day trial.
Sign up to Peacock TV from $4.99 a month and get your first seven days for free. Access includes limited Olympics coverage, plus thousands of movies and boxsets from the NBC universe. No contract. Cancel anytime.
Watch a Tokyo Olympics live stream in Australia
With Tokyo in (almost) the same time zone as Australia, Channel 7 has gone big and secured the rights to a truckload of Olympic action. The station’s has 45 dedicated Olympic channels, including up to 16 live streams across the 7Plus streaming platform.
Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington and Edwina Bartholomew host the afternoon show, while Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi will offer up prime-time highlights at 6pm AEST every evening.
Sally Fitzgibbons is hot favourite to take gold in the surfing finals on Wednesday 28th July.
Watch a Tokyo Olympics live stream in Canada
The rights to stream the Tokyo Olympics are split between Sportsnet, TSN and CBC. Already a subscriber? Log in with your password and you should be good to go.
CBC holds the rights to the Olympics in Canada until 2024. You can watch a free stream of many events on the CBC.ca website and via the CBC Olympics app.
Alternatively, sign up to Sportsnet Now for CAD$20 a month and TSN for either CAD$5 a day or CAD$20 a month. That should cover you for most Olympic events.
Can I watch the Olympics in 4K in the UK?
UK sports fans with Sky Q can watch 200 hours of Olympics action in 4K HDR. It’s all on the dedicated ‘Eurosport 4K’ channel, which is accessible via the red button on the remote. Check out today’s best Sky TV deals.
If you have Sky Q but don’t have an Ultra HD subscription, you can sign up for a three month trial through the Sky VIP app. Sky will also be showing more than 100 live Premier League games in 4K HDR this year, starting with Brentford vs Arsenal on 13th August.
The BBC will not be showing any of the Olympics in 4K, only HD
Can I watch the Olympics in 4K in the USA?
Over in the USA, Comcast Xfinity X1 customers can get access to extensive Olympics coverage in Dolby Vision HDR accompanied by Dolby Atmos sound. The live 4K broadcasts will be available in 38 markets (here’s NBC’s full list).
US viewers can also watch a gymnastics, track and field, swimming, diving and beach volleyball in 4K on the Olympic Channel – the International Olympic Committee’s very own 24/7 TV channel, available via AT&T/DirecTV
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