How to watch the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics?

The Summer Olympics 2020 will begin this week in Tokyo, with the opening ceremony starting on Friday, July 23. While NBC and its streaming sibling Peacock both cover the Games in the US, the Olympics will be streamed on other services as well.

Since it kicks off at 8pm in Japan, live coverage of the opening ceremony will begin at 6:55am ET/3:55pm PT in the US. It will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on the NBC Sports app and the NBC Olympics website. NBC’s website has a full schedule of additional broadcasts of the event. A spokesperson for Peacock said: The edge that the opening ceremony will not be broadcast on the streaming service, but will hold the closing ceremony.

The Olympics will take place from July 23 through August 8 and will be streamed for free on Peacock, with one exception: live broadcasts of men’s basketball in the US require a premium subscription to the service. (Peacock Premium costs $5 a month, while going ad-free costs $10 a month.) A Peacock spokesperson told The edge that US men’s basketball games will be available exclusively on streaming services, including on Peacock, prior to the final game before airing later on NBC. All games can be streamed on-demand on Peacock after they are televised.

Aside from the live coverage, Peacock has a designated Olympic hub with lots of pregame programming. The service will feature original programming, event reruns, live coverage, and highlights of NBC coverage. NBC is the exclusive media rights holder for the US Olympics, so either way, watching the Games means getting access to NBC content. The advantage is that there are quite a few ways to do that.

A technician works next to Olympic rings at Ariake Urban Sports Park on July 22, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images

What time does the opening ceremony of the Olympics start?

Eastern time: 6:55 AM – 11 AM

Central Time: 5:55AM – 10AM

Pacific Time: 3:55AM – 8AM 8

How to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics?


USA Network, CNBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel, Golf Channel and Telemundo will each cover the Olympics, but NBC Sports Digital will be the primary destination for all sporting events and ceremonies. For a full list of which networks will broadcast which sports and metal events, go to NBC Sports.

Hulu with Live TV

Hulu’s live TV streaming service gives its users access to 7,000 hours of programming across NBC channels, including live and on-demand content and highlights from the Games. The service will also include a “flavor picker” feature that will allow users to select their favorite sports and personalize their coverage of the Olympics.

Hulu with Live TV costs $65 per month.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV will stream the Olympics over the supported NBC networks, including NBC, The Olympics Channel, Golf Channel, Telemundo, Universo and more. In addition, YouTube TV supports 4K streaming of the Olympics on the Olympic Channel and Golf Channel for subscribers of the 4K Plus add-on.

YouTube TV costs $65 per month. The 4K Plus add-on costs an additional $20 per month.


FuboTV provides full coverage of the Games through a partnership with NBCUniversal. The service also supports 4K HDR streaming in five markets:

  • New York, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Boston, Massachusetts (Manchester, NH)

FuboTV costs $65 per month.

Sling TV Blue

Sling TVs Blue package will report on the Games, including a live broadcast of the opening ceremony via NBC Sports Network and NBC in select markets. For additional access to the other cable networks that broadcast the Games — USA Network, CNBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel and the Golf Channel — Sling users can subscribe to the service’s additional Sports Extra or News Extra packages.

Before subscribing to these packs, however, Sling shared: The edge that all Sling TV subscribers will have free access to the Olympic Channel and NBC Universo for the duration of the Games. No additional action is required to view the channels; they appear automatically from today.

Sling TV’s Blue package costs $35 per month. The Sports Extra package costs $11 extra per month and the News Extra package costs $6 per month. However, new Sling subscribers who sign up now will only pay $10 for the first month.


AT&T TV will be reporting on the Games through its supported NBC channels. For a full list of packages and their supported channel lineups, go here.

The service’s entertainment package starts at $70 per month.

Roku and apps

Roku and NBCUniversal have teamed up to show the Games on Roku and Roku TV devices. Roku users can access 5,500 hours of Olympics coverage right from their home screen and through the NBC Sports and Peacock channels.

In addition, the NBC Sports app is supported on most major streaming devices, including iOS, Apple TV, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire, select Samsung devices, Win10, and Xbox.