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Basketball has just begun at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Find out all you need to know including schedules and how to watch without cable.

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The Tokyo Olympic Games are well underway. The basketball competition is just getting started but we’ve already seen a big upset with France beating USA 83-76. Can USA come back from this defeat and win Gold for the 4th straight Olympics? The next two weeks will tell. Are you set up to see all the action?

You no longer need cable to see all the Olympic basketball. Streaming services offer a better and cheaper way to enjoy the Games. Follow along and we’ll tell you all you need to know.

When Will Basketball Be Featured at the Tokyo Games

Basketball has already started at the Olympics and the games will run to the end. The men have their final games on Aug 7th and the women have their final game on Aug 8th.

Here are all the currently scheduled games. The finals start Aug 3; we will update these lists when the teams are announced.

Men’s Basketball Schedule

  • Jul 25
    • Iran (78) vs Czech Republic (84)
    • Germany (82) vs Italy (92)
    • Australia (84) vs Nigeria (67)
    • France (83) vs USA (76)
  • Jul 26
    • Argentina (100) vs Slovenia (118)
    • Japan (77) vs Spain (88)
  • Jul 28
    • Nigeria vs Germany
    • USA vs Iran
    • Italy vs Australia
    • Czech Republic vs France
  • Jul 29
    • Slovenia vs Japan
    • Spain vs Argentina
  • Jul 31
    • Iran vs France
    • Italy vs Nigeria
    • Australia vs Germany
    • USA vs Czech Republic
  • Aug 1
    • Argentina vs Japan
    • Spain vs Slovenia

Women’s Basketball Schedule

  • Jul 26
    • South Korea (69) vs Spain (73)
    • Serbia (72) vs Canada (68)
  • Jul 27
    • Japan vs France
    • Nigeria vs USA
    • Australia vs Belgium
    • Puerto Rico vs China
  • Jul 29
    • Canada vs South Korea
    • Spain vs Serbia
  • Jul 30
    • Belgium vs Puerto Rico
    • USA vs Japan
    • France vs Nigeria
    • China vs Australia
  • Aug 1
    • Canada vs Spain
    • South Korea vs Serbia
  • Aug 2
    • Nigeria vs Japan
    • France vs USA
    • China vs Belgium
    • Australia vs Puerto Rico

What Channels Will Olympics Basketball Be Played On

In 2011, NBCUniversal made a multi-billion dollar deal with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to get sole broadcasting rights to the Olympics through this year.

So the Olympic basketball games will air on a number of the NBCUniversal channels. The main ones are NBCSN, USA, and NBC itself (especially for the medal rounds). Some will air on other channels like CNBC and Peacock.

The Olympic Channel will also be providing highlights of the games but won’t be broadcasting any full games.

Watch Olympics Basketball on FuboTV

How Can You Watch All the Olympics Basketball Action

Streaming services really do offer the best way to watch the Olympics. They are cheaper and include better features (like DVRs included with most plans). Below are the services that will allow you watch all the basketball games — and much more!

FuboTV

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FuboTV is a great general streaming service with a focus on sports. Its basic plan offers all the channels you need: NBC, NBCSN, USA, CNBC, and The Olympic Channel. In total, you get over 100 channels, which include all the local ones.

In addition to the NBCUniversal channels, FuboTV offers another 35 sports channels for $64.99/mo. You also get 250 hours of cloud DVR and the ability to stream on up to 3 TVs/devices at the same time.

If you aren’t sure, you can use FuboTV for 7 days free of charge to see if it’s as good as it sounds!

FuboTV Olympics Basketball Android
Olympics basketball with FuboTV on an Android phone.

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu is an iconic on-demand streaming service, which allows users to watch recently aired TV shows any time they like. But their live TV streaming service, Hulu + Live TV, adds 85+ live channels to this for a very appealing package for just $64.99/mo.

Hulu + Live TV offers a good general selection of channels that is comparable to better cable plans. These include all the ones you want to watch Olympic basketball: NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA, and Olympic Channel.

You can stream the Olympics on up to 2 TVs/devices at once with Hulu Live. And you get 50 hours of cloud DVR.

Hulu + Live TV offers a free 7-day trial so what are you waiting for?

Sling TV

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Sling TV offers a great service for very little money. The Sling Blue plan provides you with 40+ quality channels for only $35/mo. And these channels just happen to include the main ones you need to watch Olympic basketball: NBC, NBCSN, and USA.

If you want, you can get the Sports Extra add-on ($11/mo), which provides Olympic Channel and almost a dozen other sports channels including NBA TV!

Sling TV also comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR and the ability to stream on up to 3 TVs/devices.

There is no trial with Sling TV. However, they offer you the first month (with no contract) for only $10!

Sling TV Olympic Basketball

Other Ways to Watch Olympic Basketball

Depending on just how big a fan you are, you may find some of these options to work as well for you:

  • Antenna: If your primary interest is the metal rounds of the Olympic basketball competition, you will do well with just NBC. And being an OTA channel, you can probably pick it up with an antenna — in HD!
  • Locast: This free website is very much like having an antenna — except you don’t need the antenna. Currently, its coverage leaves something to be desired. But it could be worth checking out!
  • Peacock TV: Like NBC itself, it will mostly be streaming the Olympic basketball medal rounds.
  • AT&T TV: To get all the Olympic channels you want, you will need the Ultimate plan for $94.99/mo. It’s a complete cable replacement plan with over 130 channels (including HBO MAX for the first year) and the streaming ability on up to 20 TVs/devices at once.
  • YouTube TV: A solid streaming service with all the Olympic channels for $64.99/mo.

Olympic Basketball on Your Smart TVs and Streaming Devices

One of the best things that’s happened over the last few years is how compatible streaming services have become. All of the major services have apps that work on the vast majority of devices that are used today.

FuboTV, Hulu, and Sling TV support LG and Samsung TVs in addition to all those that have Android TV built in. They also support the HDMI-connected devices like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku.

Do you want to stream to your phone or tablet? No problem! Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad) are both fully supported. You can also use these devices to cast to your smart TV or Chromecast device!

And for the gamers out there, these services support streaming on the Xbox. Hulu supports the PlayStation and Nintendo Switch. And VR fans might want to check out Sling TV, which supports the Oculus.

Are You Ready for Some Basketball?!

Olympic basketball has just begun — you can see all the remaining action. But it will be over before you know it. So, why delay?

Watch the Olympics on FuboTV Free for 7 Days!

By Frank Moraes

Frank Moraes is a freelance writer specializing in technology, business, and film. You can see his writing on low-budget and "weird" film at Psychotronic Review -- and many other places.

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