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The Tokyo Summer Olympics are here and they will feature 2 weeks of gymnastic competition. Find out how to see it all without cable!

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It’s time for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games! And the most popular sport is gymnastics. Are you prepared to see all the action?!

There was a time when cable was the best place to watch gymnastics but that just isn’t the case anymore. Streaming services offer you access to all the sources of Olympics coverage. And combined with the DVRs most plans provide, you’ll likely be watching long past the closing ceremony.

When Will Gymnastics Be Featured at the Tokyo Olympics

Regular gymnastics will be featured the first week of the Games then the middle of the second week. Rhythmic gymnastics will be featured at the end of the second week. Note that this schedule is only approximate; for example, there will be some men’s competition Friday evening on July 23rd.

  • Sat Jul 24: men’s team competition; qualifying for individual men’s all-around and apparatus finals
  • Sun Jul 25: women’s team competition; qualifying for individual women’s all-around and apparatus finals
  • Mon Jul 26: men’s team final
  • Tue Jul 27: women’s team final
  • Wed Jul 28: men’s all-around competition
  • Thu July 29: men’s all around competition
  • Sun Aug 1: men’s floor exercise and pommel horse; women’s vault and uneven bars
  • Mon Aug 2: men’s rings and vault; women’s floor exercise
  • Tue Aug 3: men’s parallel bars and high bar; women’s balance beam
  • Fri Aug 6: qualifying for individual women in rhythmic gymnastics.
  • Sat Aug 7: all-around rhythmic gymnastics final and team qualifying.
  • Sun Aug 8: rhythmic gymnastics team finals.

Where Can You Watch Gymnastics at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

In the United States, NBCUniversal has an exclusive contract to broadcast the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This is part of a multi-billion dollar deal made with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). As a result, there will be intense Olympics coverage on NBC, NBCSN, and USA — from the very first day of the Games.

The other essential element to watching Olympics gymnastics is, of course, The Olympics Channel.

Catch All the Gymnastics Action on FuboTV

How Can You Watch All the 2020 Tokyo Gymnastics

If you don’t want to be limited to cable or satellite subscriptions, you need a streaming service. Luckily, there are several that will provide coverage of all the gymnastics for far less money than you’re used to paying for cable.

FuboTV

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FuboTV offers everything you need in its base plan: NBC, NBCSN, USA, and The Olympic Channel. You get all this along with 100+ other channels.

Known for its sports coverage, FuboTV offers over 35 sports channels as part of its base package for $64.99. This also allows you to stream on up to 3 TVs or mobile devices at the same time.

And if you are worried about missing out because multiple events occur at the same time, don’t. FuboTV comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR.

Check out FuboTV with a 7-day free trial to see if it’s right for you!

FuboTV Olympics Coverage
Olympics coverage on FuboTV.

Hulu + Live TV

You are probably aware of Hulu because of its iconic on-demand streaming service. But it also offers a Hulu + Live TV, which adds 85+ live channels to its on-demand content.

Like FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV offers a broad range of channels with all the ones you need to see all the gymnastics coverage: The Olympic Channel, NBC, NBCSN, and USA. All of this comes for only $64.99/mo — way less than you’d pay for cable.

Hulu Live allows you to stream on up to two TVs/devices at once and provides 50 hours of cloud DVR. If this isn’t enough, you can increase them for a small fee.

Try Hulu + Live TV for free for 7-days to see if it’s for you!

Sling TV

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If you are short of funds, Sling TV may be the way to go. With the Sling Blue plan, you get 40+ channels for $35/mo. These channels include NBC, NBCSN, and USA. And with the Sports Extra add-on for $11/mo, you will get The Olympic Channel and 11 other sports channels.

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

Sling doesn’t offer a free trial, but you can get the first month (no contract) for just $10!

Sling TV Gymnastics
Gymnastics coverage on Sling TV running on an Android phone.

Other Ways to Watch Gymnastics at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

We’ve presented what we think of as your best options for watching gymnastics as well as the Olympics overall. But there are other ways to watch:

  • Antenna: There’s been a revolution in HDTV over-the-air (OTA) TV the last decade or so. You’ll be limited to what is broadcast by NBC, but you will still get to see the Games and the highlights of the gymnastic events.
  • Locast: This free website allows you to stream local channels in your area. It has the same limitations of an antenna and is also limited in where it is available. But if all else fails, it is a great resource to have.
  • AT&T TV: Although you will need to purchase its Ultimate Plan for $94.99/mo, it does come with 130+ other channels and the ability to stream on up to 20 TVs/devices at once.
  • YouTube TV: Another good general streaming service that offers all the channels you need for $64.99/mo.

Watch Gymnastics on Your TV and Other Devices

All the streaming services we’ve highlighted work on the vast majority of TVs and other devices in use today.

They all support Samsung and LG TVs as well as models that use Android TV. You can also use the standard HDMI-connected “sticks” like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku.

You can stream on mobile devices with Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad). You can also use these devices with Chromecast to stream from your mobile device directly to your TV!

Additionally, all these services support streaming on the Xbox. Hulu supports others like PlayStation. And Sling TV supports the VR Oculus.

There are other more supported streaming devices. If you have an old or unusual one, contact the streaming service for more details.

Are You Ready for Gymnastics?!

There’s nothing stopping you from catching all the gymnastics action at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It all starts right after the opening ceremony Friday, July 23rd. What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

FAQs

Why did Simone Biles drop out of the Tokyo Games?

On Tuesday, after a medical evaluation, Simone Biles withdrew from the women’s individual all-around competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games. She said, “After the performance that I did, I didn’t want to go into any of the other events second-guessing myself, so I thought it was better if I took a step back and let these girls go out there and do the job and they did just that.”

Biles is the most decorated gymnast in American history with Gold medals at the 2016 Olympics in the vault, floor exercises, and all-around as well as the team event. She is also a five-time all-around gymnastics World Champion.

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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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