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How to Watch 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Online Without Cable

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games

July 24th - August 8th, 2021

You can stream the 2020 Summer Olympics with a live TV streaming service. No cable or satellite TV subscription needed. Watch the Opening Ceremonies, Closing Ceremonies, and Team USA compete in Gymnastics, Track & Field, Swimming, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, and more by choosing one of the streaming services for sports.

How to Stream Every Sport at 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo

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How to Stream the 2020 Summer Olympics

The 2020 Summer Olympics will air on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, Olympic Channel, and Peacock. One of the biggest changes since the 2018 Winter Olympics is that you don’t have to miss a single event if you’re a cord cutter.

There are now five providers AT&T TV, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV that offer live TV online without cable. Using one of these services is the only way to watch all Olympic events without cable.

You can stream the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on your Computer, iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Android Tablet, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox, PlayStation, and more.

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How to Watch 2020 Olympic Coverage



The NBC broadcast network will once again be the backbone of NBCUniversal’s coverage, providing 17 consecutive nights of primetime coverage and 250 hours of the biggest stories of the Games. Similar to the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in 2018, NBC will broadcast its primetime show live across all time zones with continuing coverage on Prime Plus (formerly the late-night show) following late local news. Prime West will also return for viewers in the Pacific time zone.

NBC will provide unprecedented coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 23, creating a full day of Olympic programming on NBC that culminates with the primetime presentation of the ceremony. The day will begin with the network’s first-ever live morning broadcast of an Opening Ceremony, followed by a special edition of “Today” and then NBC’s first-ever Olympic Daytime show on the opening Friday of the Games.

Primetime host Mike Tirico will keep viewers up to date about the action going on across the Games with live look-ins as the competition day plays out during primetime hours. Primetime will begin at 8 p.m. ET each night, except Sundays (7 p.m. ET), and will include significant coverage of live events.

Among the games shown on NBC’s broadcast channel are swimming, gymnastics, track & field, diving, beach volleyball, as well as both the men’s and women’s basketball finals — a first since Atlanta’s 1996 games.



NBCSN will televise 440 hours of Tokyo programming, once again the most Olympic coverage of any NBCU network. The 24/7 sports network will provide round-the-clock coverage throughout the Games, including soccer, softball, beach volleyball, table tennis, handball, badminton, fencing, and equestrian.

In fact, NBCSN will have Olympic coverage a full three days before the Opening Ceremony with live softball on Tuesday, July 20 (Wednesday, July 21, in Japan) from 8 PM until 2 AM EST, including Team USA vs. Italy. In primetime, NBCSN will re-air long-form coverage of U.S. team sports and other major team events.

USA Network

Coverage on USA kicks off with a blockbuster women’s soccer matchup at 4 AM EST on Wednesday, July 21, as Team USA takes on Sweden. The U.S. is the defending World Cup champion and ranked #1 in the world, but Sweden, currently ranked #5, eliminated the U.S. in the quarterfinal round at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Viewers will also get to see swimming, track & field, diving, beach volleyball, volleyball, cycling, triathlon, and team sports basketball, soccer, and water polo on USA Network, which, according to NBCUniversal, will provide round-the-clock Olympic coverage for the duration of the Tokyo Games.


CNBC will air select events after daily business and financial programming is finished. You’ll get to see diving, beach volleyball, the new Olympic sport skateboarding, rowing, canoeing, archery, and team sports water polo, and rugby, then move seamlessly into “Shark Tank” re-runs before the stock market opens. On some days during the Games, the network will provide early morning coverage also.

The Olympic Channel

For the first time in its short existence, the Olympic Channel will host live sports programming. The Olympic Channel will be the exclusive home to the Olympic tennis and wrestling tournaments.

Tennis coverage takes place from Friday, July 23, to Sunday, Aug. 1. Olympic Channel will have full-event coverage of the wrestling competition, which runs from Sunday, August 1, to Saturday, August 7. Medals will be awarded every day from August 2-7.

Golf Channel

For the second consecutive Summer Games, Golf Channel will provide wall-to-wall coverage of the men’s and women’s Olympic golf competitions for 111 total hours. Golf returned to the Olympics in Rio in 2016 after more than a 100-year absence.

Live coverage of the men’s tournament will take place from 6:30 PM – 3:00 AM EST every night from July 28-31, with an extra 30 minutes following the final round. Coverage of the women’s tournament will be at the same time from August 3-6. Golf Channel will also air its own studio show — “Live From the Olympics” during their coverage.



Peacock will launch Tokyo Summer Olympics streaming live coverage on July 15, featuring live coverage of some of the biggest events of the Summer Games — including gymnastics, track & field, and the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team’s journey toward a fourth straight Gold Medal.

The streamer will also showcase daily live shows, original programming, Olympic channels, full-event replays, and curated highlights of NBC Olympics coverage.

All of the Tokyo Olympics coverage on Peacock will be available to stream for free, with the exception of USA Men’s Basketball live coverage — that coverage will be available for Peacock Premium subscribers.

There will be live coverage on Peacock each morning, including major events that include men’s and women’s gymnastics, and men’s and women’s track & field. Matt Iseman & Akbar Gbajabiamila will host Peacock’s morning show, Tokyo LIVE.

NBC Sports App

The NBC Sports app will stream more than 5,500 hours of the Tokyo Olympics, including all 41 sports and 339 medal events, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and more. To access the NBC Sports App, you will need to use your TV Everywhere credentials from your Live TV Streaming Service like Hulu Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV, and YouTube TV. and the NBC Sports app will bring back the Gold Zone — their own version of NFL RedZone — providing whip-around coverage that will guide viewers to the best live action happening at a given moment. On most days, Gold Zone will stream from 8 PM – 2 AM EST.

In an Olympic first for NBC Sports Digital, a “Team USA Tracker” stream will be available for select competition sessions, allowing gymnastics fans to follow Team USA’s men’s and women’s gymnasts from apparatus to apparatus.


Telemundo and NBC Universo

Telemundo will present 187 hours of live competitions and daily recap specials, while its cable sibling Universo will provide 122 hours of live coverage. The entire linear offering will also be available live via and the Telemundo Deportes app. Coverage kicks off Wednesday, July 21 with the women’s soccer competition live on Universo at 3 AM EST.


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