The 2021 Olympics are set to be the most covered Summer Games in Olympic broadcast history, but string cutters don’t have to worry.
NBC and its affiliates are expected to cover the event in the United States. The mammoth task of delivering live and delayed content will fall primarily on six stations – NBC USA, NBCSN, CNBC, Olympic Channel and Golf Channel – and NBC Peacock’s streaming platform.
The good news for cable cutters is that these networks feature prominently on some of the more popular streaming options. As such, there will be plenty of ways to broadcast the Games after they are postponed for a year.
Below is a full breakdown of live streaming options for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
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Live broadcast of the 2021 Olympic Games
The Olympics are a huge broadcast event and are far too big for a single station to carry on its own.
As such, NBC and its affiliates will cover the events and plan to broadcast 7,000 hours of action in the United States. NBC will present many prime-time events – both live and on tape due to the 13-hour time difference in Tokyo – while other channels including USA, NBCSN, CNBC, Olympic Channel and Golf Channel, will assist him.
Additionally, NBC’s streaming service Peacock will cover some live events including track and field, gymnastics and basketball. The service, which is free with ads, will also provide more Olympic content, including curated playlists, highlights and full reruns of events from the Tokyo 2021 Games.
A Peacock Premium (ad-free) subscription costs $ 4.99 / month.
How to watch the 2021 Olympics for free without cable
There are many options that cable cutters can use to broadcast the Olympics. In particular, they can watch a selection of live events and reruns for free on Peacock.
Additionally, streaming services like fuboTV, Hulu Plus Live TV, and YouTube TV all feature the NBC family of networks and offer free trials.
What’s on Peacock?
Peacock’s Olympics coverage includes exclusive features, interviews, original content and studio shows that won’t air on other platforms that simply air NBC channels.
The streaming service’s daily offering includes four live studio shows starting at 6 a.m. ET showing live event coverage. Tokyo Gold, a post-game show, reviews the competition from the day before the reminder coverage. On Her Turf – “a program focused on female athletes” – runs from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET and leads to Tokyo Tonight, a highlight-centric show (think ESPN’s SportsCenter for the Olympics).
Here is Peacock’s daily lineup:
- Tokyo Live: 6 a.m. – 11 a.m. ET
- Tokyo Gold: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET
- Tokyo Gold (still): 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET
- On its territory: 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET
- Tokyo tonight: 7:30 p.m.-midnight
Can I watch the 2021 Olympics on YouTube TV?
Yes. YouTube TV broadcasts the six channels that will broadcast Olympic events – NBC, USA, NBCSN, CBC, Olympic Channel and Golf Channel. YouTube TV comes with a 14-day free trial.
Can I watch the 2021 Olympics on Hulu?
Yes. The Hulu Plus Live TV package includes NBC and its affiliates, so users will have access to the six channels that will broadcast Olympic events – NBC, USA, NBCSN, CBC, Olympic Channel and Golf Channel. Hulu Plus Live TV comes with a seven-day free trial.
Can I watch the 2021 Olympics on AT&T TV Now?
Partially. AT&T TV now offers four of the six Olympic sports channels – NBC, USA, NBCSN and CNBC – in its $ 69.99 package. Olympic Channel and Golf Channel are available in the Ultimate package which costs $ 94.99.
Can I watch the 2021 Olympics on fuboTV?
Yes. FuboTV comprises the six channels on which the Olympics will be broadcast – NBC, USA, NBCSN, CNBC, Olympic Channel and Golf Channel. It comes with a seven-day free trial.
Can I watch the 2021 Olympics on Sling TV?
Partially. Sling TV broadcasts NBC, USA, and NBCSN, but not CNBC, Olympic Channel, or Golf Channel.