How to Stream All the Remaining Tokyo 2020 Olympics Coverage
No cable? No problem. You've got plenty of other options to catch all the final action. And some are even free!
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are nearly their end, and many of us have been glued to the action during what has turned out to be an Olympics Games unlike any other in recent memory. After being postponed a full year due to COVID, the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo kicked off on Friday, July 23 and will run through August 8. And while it's already earned plenty of attention for reasons other than the competition itself, much of the world has been watching closely as the greatest athletes from around the globe pursue the glory of a gold medal.
Since most events during the 17-day global showcase haven't allowed for in-person spectators, per strict COVID and ever-changing protocols, practically everyone save for a few lucky folks has been watching from home. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to catch all the final events live from the comfort of your couch (or even your desk—don't worry, we won't tell anyone). In fact, you don't even need cable. There are a number of streaming options (including some that are totally free!) that will allow you to tune in to see Team USA and other athletes finish out the Games. Who knows, you may even discover your new favorite sport (looking at you, water polo).
To make it a bit easier to navigate the streaming options so you can catch all the events—including the closing ceremony—we've pulled together some of your best bets to watch the Tokyo 2020 Olympics without cable.
Streaming Services With Olympics Coverage
How to Stream the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
NBCUniversal's relatively nascent streaming platform, Peacock, will be streaming all major events live (including the opening ceremony). In fact, you'll be able to catch a lot of it for free with the Peacock Free tier (as long as you don't mind watching commercials). If you're okay shelling out a few bucks, you can also upgrade to Peacock Premium (which is $4.99 per month and comes with access to NBC's catalog of shows and movies) or Premium Plus, a $9.99 per month option that offers the same as the Premium tier, but without ads.
Hulu's live TV streaming package grants you access to over 75 channels, including the Olympic Channel and NBC, both of which will be offering extensive live coverage of the games. And while a subscription to Hulu + Live TV costs $64.99 per month, the platform does offer a free 7-day trial (just remember to cancel before it ends or you'll be on the hook for the full subscription).
Like Hulu's live TV package, Sling TV's Sling Blue package grants you access to live programming across a smattering of different networks, including NBC (in select markets). Even better? New subscribers can sign up and pay just $10 for their first month (it's $35 normally). Plus, if you want to ensure you'll have even more access to coverage of the Tokyo games, you can also upgrade to the Sports Extra package (an additional $11 per month), which includes the Olympic channel.
Although slightly pricier than any of the other live TV streaming platforms here, AT&T TV's base "Entertainment" package ($69.99 per month) does get you access to both NBC and NBC Sports. If you want access to the Olympic channel, you'll need to upgrade to the "Ultimate" plan ($94.99 per month). However, while it's not explicitly advertised as a free trial, new users are welcome to cancel their subscription within 14 days for a full refund. Just a thought if you're not ready to pull the trigger on a full subscription.