Travel How to Watch the Tokyo Olympics: Streaming, Cable, and Watch Parties
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After being postponed almost exactly a year, the long-awaitedare finally here. The Games begin on July 23 and run through August 8 in more than 40 venues in and around , with athletes representing 205 countries competing in sports like gymnastics, swimming, and track and field.
The highly anticipated Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, July 23, and marks the first large global gathering since the start of the pandemic, making it an even more significant night. The four-hour Opening Ceremony began at 8:00 p.m. local time inand 7:00 a.m. EST, and will re-air at 7:30 p.m. EST. U.S. Networks will air special coverage of Team USA as well as musical performances and the Parade of Nations.
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Temperatures have been recorded at 93 degrees Fahrenheit but with a humidity of 62%, it makes conditions feel closer to 109 degrees.Sayaka Mori, who works for the Japanese broadcasting corporation NHK, tweeted that the "oppressive heat is really torturing the Olympians and volunteers in Tokyo.
Sincethis year, it’s more important than ever that fans know exactly how they can watch the Games. Read on for our breakdown of how to watch the Tokyo Summer Olympics.
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How to stream the Olympics online
Fans will be able to stream the Olympics on NBCUniversal's new streaming service,as well as and the NBC Sports app. Peacock’s free tier will be showing a limited amount of Olympics content with ads and no subscription required. This includes a recap from the Today show, five hours of live event coverage, including women’s gymnastics and track and field, and highlights from the day’s biggest events. To access all of Peacock’s content and watch more Olympics coverage, viewers can subscribe to Peacock Premium for $4.99 per month. By subscribing, fans will also be able to watch U.S.A. men’s basketball live games and on-demand replays. Peacock also offers a seven-day free trial to unlock Peacock Premium before paying the monthly fee.
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To access Peacock, users can watch on Roku, Google devices, Apple devices, Chromecast, VIZIO SmartCast TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, and some of Microsoft’s Xboxes. The Olympic Games can also be watched on streaming services such as, and . FuboTV and Hulu Plus TV both offer seven-day free trials and Youtube TV offers a 14-day free trial before subscribing. For content on social media, fans can follow for real-time video highlights.
How to watch on cable
For those with cable, constant coverage of the games will be shown on NBC as well as its sister channels—CNBC, the USA Network, NBCSN, the Olympic Channel, and the Golf Channel included. The USA Network will be covering swimming, track and field, basketball, soccer, volleyball, diving, and more. CNBC will also be covering skateboarding, rowing, and water polo, while NBCSN will be showing soccer, softball, beach volleyball, and more. For Spanish-language viewers, Telemundo and Universo will have extensive coverage of the Games as well.
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Plenty of bars and restaurants are hosting watch parties for those who want to get together with friends and celebrate the start of the Olympics. In New York City, rooftop barsand at are hosting screening parties of Friday's opening ceremony, both with panoramic city views. The Ready will offer frozen cocktails, personal party coolers of beer and wine, and a taco stand with made-to-order tacos. Magic Hour will be serving a variety of cocktails and treats.
In D.C.,will be opening its doors early Friday to show the opening ceremony, and is unveiling a speciality cocktail timed for the Olympic games. Fans in Chicago can head over to in Wicker Park to watch the games surrounded by flags from each participating country, a fake Olympic torch, internationally inspired pizzas, themed cocktails, and music.
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The opening ceremonies will air across all NBC channels and streaming platforms. ???????? @TeamUSA are here! Four-time Olympic basketball champion Sue Bird and baseball star and Winter Olympic medallist Eddy Alvarez carry the flag.#StrongerTogether #OpeningCeremony #USA pic.twitter.com/tWIKNV9vAM— Olympics (@Olympics) July 23, 2021 Missing was one of Team USA's biggest stars, Simone Biles, who posted on Instagram stories that "we did our own little walk outside where we are staying." She said she missed the ceremony for a few reasons, including COVID-19 and the sheer amount of standing involved.