This summer, for just over two weeks, the world’s eyes will be fastened on the East Asian nation of Japan. There, in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, the world will gather for a celebration of physical endurance, achievement and good sportsmanship. The Summer Olympics 2021, also known also as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, is hotly anticipated. Participants from at least 139 nations are heading over to compete so virtually everyone has someone to cheer on. People all over the world are looking forward to the hospitality and warm welcome of this culturally iconic nation. The land that gave the world Ninja, Manga, Harajuku and Pokémon will serve up the first games of a new decade and everyone is intrigued!
The modern Olympic games have been a 4-yearly highlight since the 19th century and Tokyo’s Olympics continue in the tradition of showcasing the very best of a host nation’s infrastructure and amenities. Tokyo 2021, will stand out as being environmentally friendly, with as low a carbon footprint as possible and a sustainable approach to running the schedule of sporting events and recreations.
In just a few weeks, the Olympic Torch Relay will commence at Fukushima and progress to tour the length and breadth of the islands of Japan prior to completing its journey at the Olympic Stadium in time for the opening ceremony. Currently, the finishing touches are being put to the main stadium and satellite venues. And with secret preparations for the all important opening ceremony underway it is just the right time to get excited about the great celebration that lies ahead!
We hope you find this ultimate guide a useful overview of all you need to know about when, where and how to catch the breathtaking world-class sport of the Summer Olympics 2021.
Summer Olympics 2021 Live Stream Free Guide
We are not sure where you will have to go to escape this summer’s Olympic excitement. In this digital age of smartphones, apple watches and tablets, it is unlikely you will only spend the summer Olympic season sprawled on the sofa. Now you can enjoy the events, highlights and celebrations of the Japan summer Olympics while on the move, with friends or at any hour of the day with 24 hour streaming.
Streaming is quick convenient and entirely digital, allowing you to get real-time Olympic action delivered direct to your device of choice. We predict that live steaming will be the making of the Tokyo Olympics. Major broadcasters agree too, with a range of streaming providers and options for the tech-savvy sports fans to view round the clock coverage and highlights.
Since 2006, Olympic Broadcasting Services has been the sole permanent host broadcaster for the Games, filming and producing all coverage for international television companies wherever the Games go. This neutral coverage is produced to impeccable standards and distributed via domestic broadcasters who purchase rights to the footage. It is these Rights Holding Broadcasters who will deliver streamed footage of the Games to viewers like you, so it is well worth knowing where you can find this online. The Olympic Broadcasting Service expects these games to be the most digital ever and are geared to deliver coverage that works via digital platforms and streaming. They are also recognizing that digital content is likely to be personalized. They are therefore on a ‘digital-first’ footing to ensure an enhanced experience for online viewers.
There are many sites that are likely to be offering allegedly ‘free’ streaming of the 2021 Olympics. In reality, what is touted is at its very best pirated content that is likely to be saturated with gutter ads, strange downloads or worse. The Olympic Broadcasting Services take a dim view of piracy and is implementing anti-piracy technology to track down those who help themselves to their proprietary content. It is far better to take the time and expense of finding legitimate means of enjoying the streamed Olympics.
Streaming Services for the Summer Olympics 2021
For American viewers, NBC has the sole broadcasting rights to the Summer Olympics 2021 and will be providing a live streaming service via a variety of designated apps which cable users can log into for free.
NBC has announced that for the Summer Olympics 2021 it will be mixing things up with a deal with Twitter to stream portions of its coverage. This will involve nightly ‘dips’ into the live events, of only a few minutes at a time. Twitter will also be a go-to destination for round-ups, highlights and a daily show for the duration of the games.
Details of the official US streams of the 2021 Olympics can be found via the website: https://www.nbcolympics.com/ and will be streamed via their Olympic Channel, NBC, NBC Sports and other affiliated channels. The NBC sports app can be readily downloaded to your phone so that you’re stream-ready on the go.
Watching the 2021 Olympics online for free
Fans who do not want the expense of a satellite or cable contract to get their dose of Olympic sports can get limited viewing of NBC’s footage for free. Follow these simple steps:
- Visit the NBC Olympics channel.
- If there is any live programming, the player will load and stream footage for you to view.
- The coverage is just a short, live default, lasting a few tens of minutes which is provided to entice you to take out a paid subscription for more.
- At this point you need a cable login to be able to access further footage – select your TV provider and add your account details to get your stream going.
Streaming is free for customers of the following cable services:
Clearly for most, a taster of your favorite sports is not going to be enough. If you do not have and cannot gain access to a cable login, you will need to find a streaming service that will carry the games and a suitable device for viewing. Depending on the streaming service you use, you will have access to live content (derives from NBC) or pre-recorded footage.
How to Stream International Olympics Coverage From Inside the United States
Resolute cord cutters have a range of options for getting the daily dose of the summer Olympics without cable. A TV streaming service is likely to be your best bet for getting reliable and legal access to the games. Many of the leading TV streaming services have access to NBCs programming via app, NBC Sports or the Olympic Channel. However availability of Olympic streaming may still vary according to your location. Try these top 5 streaming services for streaming the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
- Hulu: Disney owned streaming juggernaut Hulu, is an ideal streaming partner for the Olympics, given its close links to NBC. Hulu is likely to have the widest access to NBC owned footage and having offered customized Olympic streaming based on user preference back in the previous winter Olympics, they are likely to do it again this summer, making them an excellent choice for cord-free international sports.
- YouTube TV: is weighing in with a proactive package for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics and high quality streaming which is well rated by users. The Olympic Games action will be available via YouTube TV from a number of networks. Better still, we hope the free trial will be available in summer.
- DirecTV: will be carrying the Olympic Channel, giving you every opportunity to cheer on Team USA or the home team of your nation.
- Sling TV: Value streaming service Sling TV will offer Olympic Channel as part of its offering. Sling does not at present offer direct NBC access.
- Fubo TV: Fubo TV also carries the Olympic Channel.
Shop around and search widely to see what is available. If streaming services have a free trial, it may be well worth subscribing during July, for a generous serving of complementary, streamed Olympics.
Mobile Streaming Devices and Consoles for viewing the Summer Olympics 2021
To ensure that you get the best quality and most reliable streamed content from the Summer Olympics 2021, you need to source a good streaming service. Your smartTV may be equipped with a good selection of apps, but many people prefer to acquire a media streamer that will be fully equipped with the streaming services you need. It is well worth browsing the market and making the investment in a TV streaming device that will allow you to plug-and-play right out of the box.
If your broadband or WiFi connection is 25Mbps or faster you can be enjoying Tokyo 2021 in 4K or HD with a device or console. Stream the Olympic Channel all summer long with one of these great streaming sticks:
- Amazon Fire TV 4K Trust Amazon to be in there with the deals you need to get your Olympic Games streaming sorted! The behemoth has secured the Olympic Channel TV, complete with 24/7 live stream and hours of exclusive and original programming.
- Google Chromecast Google is now an official supporter for Tokyo’s 2021 Olympics and as with previous summer and winter Olympics the NBC app will have Chromecast support.
- Apple TV 4K The Olympic Channel is available for Apple TV, iPad and iPhone
- Roku Streaming Stick also carries the Olympic Channel for on-the-pulse Olympics footage.
In addition you can get access to the best of the games if you have an Xbox or PlayStation Vue! Pair your device with your TV, phone, tablet or computer and you are ready to take your seat and enjoy.
Can You Watch the Olympics on Free Sports Streaming Websites?
As mentioned above, so-called free sports streaming website are likely to be streaming illegal content. They do not have the rights to broadcast the Olympics and also are usually heavy on ads and spurious links. People searching for free streamed Olympic sports may try sites like Stream2Watch, Bosscast or SportRAR.tv which are pulling their feed from other sites. Most of the content you will be watching will be of poor quality and riddled with adds. The Olympic Broadcasting Service is extremely proactive in tracking down such sites and their users, so it is not worth the risk or getting your IP address blacklisted or being sued. These are not methods of viewing we can recommend at all.
Can You Watch the Olympics With an Antenna?
It may be overlooked in the digital world but heading back to a good old fashioned TV and antenna is probably your best opportunity of catching genuinely free Olympic footage. Dust off your old digital TV and set-top box and look for your local NBC affiliate for a generous helping of summer Olympic coverage every day. If you have to have the coverage via a digital screen, why not hook up your antenna to your computer with a TV tuner card? This method is probably the best way of accessing free-to-air coverage in most countries.
International summer Olympics broadcasters for the global take on Tokyo 2021
Wherever you are in the world, you should be able to access high quality footage and live coverage of the 2021 Olympics from Rights Holding Broadcasters who will distribute the games with their own national take on all the action.
Everything you see will have been expertly recorded by Olympics Broadcasting Services and then distributed to your local channel. Watching your home country’s broadcast is a great way of keeping up with the progress of your national team as well as taking advantage of free-to-air coverage via your regular television.
If you had watched 2018 winter Olympics coverage on a particular channel it is likely that the same broadcaster will be delivering coverage of 2021’s Games. These broadcasters will work round the clock to deliver great footage and commentary live from Tokyo to the tens of millions of global viewers. A quick online search should help you find out where the Olympics will be available in your country. Here we share some major broadcasters in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK.
If you thought that Rio 2016 could not be any better, you had better brace yourself for Tokyo. The combination of classic and contemporary Japanese culture, the juxtaposition of mountainous and hilly rural idylls and futuristic urban enclaves, and the warm welcome of this island nation will make this Olympic Games one of the best yet. It is apparent from the planning and attention to detail that the Japanese people have put a lot of effort into these Games and their participation and engagement at every level means a lot to them.
We have now seen the medals, the mascots and the venues, so we are now waiting to see the great drama that will be played out as athletes from around the world contend for one of the exquisite handcrafted medals and a place in history.
Streaming is the best choice for viewing
As with any sporting event, securing tickets can be difficult, but for those of us who cannot be there in person, there are a range of viewing and streaming options that mean that we can keep abreast of coverage anywhere, anytime. For the best quality of viewing it is best to watch free-to-air TV with an aerial or source streamed footage via your local broadcaster. Its great that many domestic broadcasters are actively offering streamed content, meaning more people than ever before can watch the Olympics online.
Avoid pirated content
Free streaming sites may be a temptation to some, but with stringent anti-piracy tech in gear from the Olympic Broadcasting Service, it would be prudent to avoid the more clandestine sports streaming sites and stick to a wide range of streaming devices that will offer Olympic coverage access. For such a memorable event a premium is well worth the investment of paying for a streaming service or device if absolutely necessary.
Keep your viewing local
Finding Japan 2021 Olympic programming is simple. Look for the coverage being offered by your regional broadcaster who has broadcasting rights for the games. Keep abreast of the Games progress and events on any device and don’t miss out on 2021’s biggest summer celebration. Grab some friends, some snacks and a screen and be a part of the moment!