The Olympic Games 2021 2021 are going to be the most talked about summer games in Olympic broadcast history, but cord cutters needn’t worry.
NBC and its affiliates are ready to cover the event in the United States. The mammoth task of broadcasting live and tape-delayed content will fall primarily to six stations — NBC USA, NBCSN, CNBC, Olympic Channel and Golf Channel — and NBC’s streaming platform Peacock.
The good news for cord cutters is that these networks feature prominently on some of the most popular streaming options out there. As such, there will be plenty of ways to stream the Games after their one-year delay.
Below is a full rundown of the live streaming options for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Olympic Games live streams 2021
The Olympics are a huge broadcasting event and far too big for a single station to carry it alone.
As such, NBC and its affiliates will report on the events and plan to broadcast 7,000 hours of action across the United States. NBC will be showcasing many of the major primetime events — both live and on tape delayed due to the 13-hour time difference in Tokyo — while other channels, including US, NBCSN, CNBC, Olympic Channel and Golf Channel, will help.
In addition, NBC’s streaming service Peacock will cover select live events, including track and field, gymnastics and basketball. The service, which is free with ads, will also offer more Olympic Games content, including curated playlists, highlights and full replays of the 2021 Tokyo Games events.
A Peacock Premium subscription (no ads) costs $4.99 per month.
How to watch the 2021 Olympics for free without cable
There are plenty of options that cord cutters can use to stream the Olympics. In particular, they can watch selected live events and rebroadcasts for free on Peacock.
In addition, streaming services like fuboTV, Hulu Plus Live TV, and YouTube TV all carry the NBC network family and offer free trials.
What’s on Peacock?
Peacock’s Olympic coverage will include exclusive features, interviews, original content, and studio shows not shown on other platforms that only have NBC channels.
The streaming service’s daily offerings include four live studio shows starting at 6 a.m. ET with live event coverage. Tokyo Gold, a postgame-style show, gives an overview of the competition from the day before the encore airs. On Her Turf — “a program geared toward female athletes” — runs from 7:30 p.m. ET and leads into Tokyo Tonight, a highlight show (think ESPN’s SportsCenter for the Olympics).
Here’s Peacock’s daily lineup:
- Tokyo Live: 6-11am ETO
- Tokyo Gold: 11pm ETO
- Tokyo Gold (encorse): 12pm – 7pm ETO
- On her lawn: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Tokyo Tonight: 7.30pm – midnight
Can I watch the 2021 Olympics on YouTube TV?
Yes. YouTube TV has all six channels that show 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. Hulu Plus Live TV’s package includes NBC and its affiliates, allowing users to access all six channels that will stream 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 includes all six channels on which the Olympics will take place: 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 has NBC, USA and NBCSN, but no CNBC, Olympic Channel or Golf Channel.