NBC will show more than 7,000 hours of coverage of the Tokyo Olympics on its platforms, including NBC networks, cable channels, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.
The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is scheduled for Friday evening in Tokyo. But the 13-hour time difference with Tokyo means it’s Friday morning in the US.
NBC will broadcast the ceremony live that morning, beginning at 6:55 a.m. Eastern Time. Today’s host Savannah Guthrie and NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico will host the ceremony.
NBC will then air a special “Today” with athlete interviews, followed by an Olympic daytime show.
Similar to previous years, the network will broadcast a bundled primetime version of the ceremony on Friday at 7.30 p.m. East. The coverage is also repeated overnight for viewers who have missed previous shows.
Although the opening ceremony is on Friday, the first competitions will begin on Wednesday in Japan.
Soft ball, which is returning to the Olympics for the first time since 2008, starts with a game between Japan and Australia at 8 p.m. Easter on Tuesday. (The game in Japan begins on Wednesday at 9 a.m. Japanese Standard Time.) The US softball team will also play against Italy on Tuesday at 11 p.m. East prior to the opening ceremony. Both games will air on NBC Sports.
Another game before the Opening Ceremony is the US women’s soccer game against Sweden, which will be televised Eastern Live on NBC Sports Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Live.
In addition to NBC Sports, Olympic events are shown on the Golf Channel, NBC Olympics, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo and USA Network. The events will also be streamed on NBCOlympics.com, NBCSports.com and Peacock, the network’s streaming platform.
After the opening ceremony, the games in Tokyo will last 16 days and culminate in the closing ceremony on August 8th.