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The Tokyo Summer Games are over but the Beijing Winter games are just around the corner! Olympic coverage will air on multiple channels including NBC, The Olympic Channel, and USA. All of these channels are available online as live streams. Read on to learn everything you need to know to enjoy the Olympics without cable!

In a hurry? All of these services provide excellent coverage of the Olympics — and a lot more:

  • FuboTV: get all the Olympic live channels you need and 100+ others with their base plan. Check them out with a free 7-day trial.
  • Hulu + Live TV: stream the Olympics live with every channel plus their unparalleled on-demand library. Try Hulu for 7 days free.
  • Sling TV: a great choice for those on a budget, the Blue plan with Sports Extra is only $46/mo. (No free trial, but first month is discounted).

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What you need to know:

Top Streaming Services for the Olympics

All the major streaming services can provide full access to the upcoming Olympic games — some with their base plans and others with add-ons like Sling TV, or more expensive plans like AT&T TV.

One feature that is very important to people who don’t want to miss a minute of the Olympics is a DVR. Normally, many events are happening at the same time so being able to record one event or show while watching another is critical.

Another good feature for people with family or roommates is the availability to stream on multiple screens at the same time. All the services provide at least 2-3 screens but you can usually pay extra to get more.

The services below provide all the channels you need to watch the Beijing Games. (Fubo and Hulu do so with their base plans, AT&T with their Ultimate Plan, and Sling TV with its Blue Plan with the Sports Extra add-on.)

So which service you choose will depend upon everything else in the plans and your price point. We’ve provided links to our reviews for each of them.

ServicePriceChannelsDVRScreensTrial
FuboTV$64.99100+250 hrs37-day
Hulu + Live TV$64.9985+50 hrs27-day
Sling TV$46.005650 hrs3None
AT&T TV$94.99130+20 hrs20None
Sling TV offers your first month for just $10.

2022 Beijing Olympics on FuboTV

For $64.99/mo, FuboTV includes more than 100 channels with every package. This includes everything you need to watch the Olympics without cable. They provide Golf Channel, USA, The Olympic Channel, and NBCSN with their basic (Startup) plan. They also provide the local NBC affiliate in all but a handful of locations.

Get FuboTV Free 7-Day Trial

FuboTV gives all new subscribers a free one-week trial. Since this is a contract-free service, you’ll be able to cancel during the trial if this isn’t the right service for you. This will ensure you’re not charged for anything. If you wait to cancel until after the trial ends, you’ll be charged for at least the first month, depending on when you cancel.

Our FuboTV review can tell you more.

FuboTV Olympics Coverage

Beijing Olympics on Hulu + Live TV

Hulu with Live TV starts you off with over 85 channels for $64.99/mo. This collection includes the channels where the Olympics will be airing: NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel, USA, and The Olympic Channel. And the NBC affiliate is included in almost all locations.

Sign Up For A Free 7-Day Hulu Trial

On top of that, Hulu + Live TV offers complete access to all Hulu on-demand content including Hulu Originals. It is a contract-free service, which means you don’t have any commitments. You can cancel whenever you want. You can try Hulu + Live TV free for 7-days.

Our Hulu + Live TV review has full details.

Hulu Olympics 2018

Beijing Olympics on Sling TV

Sling TV is one of the best low-cost streaming services. For just $35/mo, Sling Blue provides access to 44 streaming channels including NBC, NBCSN, and USA. This alone will provide you with very good access to The Olympics.

By including the Sports Extra add-on (for a total of $46/mo), you can get it all! It adds The Olympic Channel and Golf Channel (plus 10 other channels including MLB Network, NBA TV, and NFL RedZone) to your service.

Get a Month of Sling TV for $10!

So for $46/mo, you will have complete Olympics coverage. For all the details on Sling TV, see our review.

Beijing Olympics on AT&T TV

AT&T TV offers 65+ channels for $69.99/mo with many options for greater coverage. Their base plan includes NBC Sports Network and USA with the local NBC affiliate in most areas.

Sign Up for AT&T TV

To get The Olympics Channel and Golf Channel, you will need to upgrade to their Ultimate Plan for $94.99/mo, which comes with 130+ channels. This also includes access to regional sports networks and a year of HBO MAX for free. AT&T TV is probably not a good choice if you are only getting it for Olympics coverage but it’s still a good overall choice that makes it easy to cut the cord.

Check out our AT&T TV review to learn more.

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More Ways to Watch the 2022 Beijing Olympics Without Cable

Olympics coverage airs on multiple channels. The streaming services above make this easy to do. There are more options than what we’ve already discussed. It may take a bit of planning to see your favorite events, but you can do it..

Watch 2022 Beijing Olympics Over-the-Air

Many events will air on your local NBC affiliate. You can watch this absolutely free if you have a digital antenna — assuming you live relatively close to a local station.

Having a digital antenna is a good thing for cord-cutters. They provide you with greater options for your viewing experience. Check out these articles for more information on getting set up:

Streaming the Olympics

Of course, you can also watch NBC online. And a big change from the last Olympics is that NBC started Peacock TV. During the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, they aired four exclusive live shows each day after the opening ceremonies:

  • Tokyo LIVE (6-11 am ET)
  • Tokyo Gold (11-12 am ET)
  • On Her Turf at the Olympics (7-7:30 pm ET)
  • Tokyo Tonight (7:30-12 pm ET).

They will probably offer similar shows for the Beijing Games. We will let you know when they are announced.

But if you want full coverage of the Olympics, you will probably want a full-featured streaming service. Since coverage will be spread out on a variety of channels — USA, The Olympic Channel, and USA — you should pick a service that offers them like FuboTV.

Olympic Handball
Image by Oscar Aznar via Pixabay.

Beijing Olympics on YouTube TV

For $64.99/mo, YouTube TV offers more than 85 channels. It provides access to all the channels you need for good Olympics coverage: Golf Channel, USA, The Olympic Channel, and NBC Sports Network. And in most locations, you will also get the local NBC affiliate.

See our YouTube TV review for more information.

How to Watch 2022 Beijing Olympics on Apple TV and Other Streaming Devices

To fully enjoy the coming Olympic games, you want to view them in high definition. So it’s critical that the service you pick supports your devices. There’s good news about this.

These days, the major streaming services provide excellent support for streaming devices. If it was purchased over the past couple of years from Amazon or a big box store, it’s almost certainly supported.

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

All the services we discussed above provide support for the following devices:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Mobile Devices (Android, iOS)
  • Roku
  • Samsung smart TVs
  • Xbox.

There are some notable additions. All the providers except AT&T TV provide support for Android TV (Google TV). Only FuboTV supports Hisense. Hulu supports the PlayStation. Sling TV supports the Oculus VR device. And AT&T TV provides their own set-top boxes if you wish to use one.

2022 Beijing Olympics in 4K

FuboTV streams over 130 events each year in 4K. They support most of the 4K versions of the devices listed above.

They streamed many events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in 4K and we assume they will do so for the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. We will provide a complete list of 4K events as soon as it is available.

Olympic Swimming
Image via Piqsels.

When Is the Start Date For the 2022 Beijing Olympics?

The COVID-19 pandemic messed up the usual Olympics schedule. The Summer Games ran from July 23rd through Aug 8th, 2021. The Winter Games start on Feb 4th.

Moving forward, the Olympic games will continue on as before with the next Summer games in 2024 and the next Winter Games in 2026.

  • Summer Olympics 2021
    • Location: Tokyo, Japan
    • Opening ceremony: Jul 23, 2021
    • Closing ceremony: Aug 8, 2021
    • Events: 339
  • Winter Olympics 2022
    • Location: Beijing, China
    • Opening ceremony: Feby 4, 2022
    • Closing ceremony: Feb 20, 2022
    • Events: 109
  • Summer Olympics 2024: Jul 26 – Aug 11 in Paris, France
  • Winter Olympics 2026: Feb 6 – Feb 22 in Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
  • Summer Olympics 2028: Jul 21 – Aug 6 in Los Angeles, USA.

The games span 17 days. The most popular Summer games are gymnastics, swimming, track, soccer, and basketball. But less-prominent games like volleyball, wrestling, and table tennis can be extremely exciting.

The Winter games feature less than a third as many events but they are very popular. That’s especially true of figure skating, ice hockey, and alpine (downhill) skiing. Other events worth checking out include snowboarding, freestyle skiing, and bobsleighing. But the oft-maligned curling is usually a lot of fun to watch.

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Wrapping Up

You won’t have any problems watching the Olympics online without cable. You’ll be able to stream on most devices. You can even use a digital antenna for the events airing on NBC.

It should be easy enough to find a service that offers all of the channels you need to watch the Olympics without cable, so you can watch everything all in one spot!

Make sure to let us know if you have any questions about how to watch the Olympics online without cable!

Olympics Archery 2012
Archery at the 2012 Olympics via Korean Culture and Information Service under CC BY-SA 2.0.

FAQs

The Olympics and how to watch is a vast subject. Below, we’ve provided answers to additional frequently asked questions about Olympic history, events, broadcasting, and other matters.

What countries have won the most Olympic medals?

The United States, Russia, and Germany have won more Olympics medals than any other country, from the founding of the games in 1896 up until 2016. The US has won a total of 2,522 medals; Russia has won a total of 1,566 medals, and Germany has won a total of 1,346.

These winners are followed in order of total medal wins by Great Britain (851), France (716), Italy (577), China (546), Australia (507), Sweden (494), Hungary (491), and Japan (439).

Top Olympic Medals Total by Country
CountryTotalGoldSilverBronze
US2,5221,022795705
Russia*1,556589486481
Germany**1,346428444474
UK851263295293
France716212241263
Russia’s numbers include those of the Russian Empire (1721-1917), the Soviet Union (1917-1991), and the Russian Federation (1991-today). ** Germany’s numbers include those of West and East Germany and the modern German state.

Were fans allowed at the 2021 Olympics?

Fans were not allowed to attend the Olympics events in Tokyo. However, some domestic spectators were allowed to attend events held at venues northeast of Tokyo. In July, Tokyo declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19. They banned foreign visitors — including athletes’ families — from traveling to Tokyo to attend the games. The ban also barred any domestic spectators from attending Olympic events in Tokyo.

What was Japanese opinion on the Tokyo Olympics spectator ban?

Public opinion about the spectator ban at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is split fairly evenly between canceling the Games, banning spectators, and allowing some spectators. The following chart is based on a survey conducted by the Japanese broadcaster Japan News Network (JNN) in the first week of July and reported by Bloomberg.

Japanese Public Opinion About 2020 Tokyo Olympics Spectator Ban

What was American opinion on the Tokyo Olympics spectator ban?

A May 2021 survey conducted by Seton Hall University indicated that 52% of Americans agreed with Tokyo banning foreign spectators from the Olympics but only 33% agreed with the banning of athlete’s families. Indeed, 48% of Americans opposed the ban on athlete’s families. The survey found more than half of Americans planned to watch the Olympics.

Which channels broadcast the Olympics?

In the old days of network TV, viewers were limited to watching only parts of the most popular events. Cable changed all that. And now, you don’t even need cable.

In 2014, NBCUniversal paid the International Olympic Committee (IOC) $7.75 billion for the broadcast rights to the Olympics in the United States through the 2032 games.

This means that depending on the event, you might be watching on NBC, The Olympic Channel, USA, or possibly other NBCUniversal-owned networks. NBCSN will air many events assuming that it is still around (NBCUniversal has indicated that they are ending the channel).

All of these channels are available online as live streams. As long as you find the right package, you should be all set to watch the Olympics online from start to finish!

How can I watch The Olympic Channel without cable?

The Olympic Channel is widely supported among the top streaming services. It comes with the base plans of FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV. It comes with Sling TV via the Sports Extra add-on. AT&T TV requires that you upgrade to its Ultimate Plan.

What happened to the 2020 Olympics?

Normally, the Olympic Summer Games would have occurred in 2020. But it was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So even though the Games are occurred in 2021, they are normally referred to as the 2020 Summer Olympics or Tokyo 2020. The Winter Olympic Games will be held at their normal time and the next Summer Games will be held as normal in 2024.

What sports were featured at the 2020 Summer Olympics?

The sports featured at the Summer Games are always changing. At this year’s Olympics, the following sports were featured:

  • Archery
  • Artistic Gymnastics
  • Artistic Swimming
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Baseball Softball
  • Basketball
  • 3×3 Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • BMX Freestyle
  • BMX Racing
  • Boxing
  • Canoe/Kayak Flatwater
  • Canoe/Kayak Slalom
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Marathon Swimming
  • Modern Pentathlon
  • Mountain Bike
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Road Cycling
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skateboarding
  • Sport Climbing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Track Cycling
  • Trampoline
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling.

What new sports were part of the Tokyo Olympics?

Four sports made their Olympic debut in Tokyo: skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing (rock climbing), and karate. In addition, a variant of basketball, called 3×3 basketball, made its Olympic debut. Originally developed in urban areas of America, this intense game features 3 players on each side, only one basketball hoop, and it’s played on a half-court.

What sports will be featured at the 2022 Winter Olympics?

Although the Winter Olympics feature fewer sports, like the Summer Games, they change over time. Here are the sports that will be featured at the 2022 Winter Olympics:

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Biathlon
  • Bobsleigh
  • Cross-Country
  • Curling
  • Figure Skating
  • Freestyle Skiing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Luge
  • Nordic Combined
  • Short Track Speed Skating
  • Skeleton
  • Ski Jumping
  • Snowboard
  • Speed Skating.

When did the most popular Olympic events occur?

Here are the days when the most popular Olympic events occurred this year:

EventStartEnd
Men’s basketballSat Jul 24Sat Aug 7
Women’s basketballSun Jul 25Sun Aug 8
BoxingFri Jul 23Sun Aug 8
Men’s golfWed Jul 28Sun Aug 1
Women’s golfTue Aug 3Sat Aug 7
Men’s gymnasticsFri Jul 23Tue Aug 3
Women’s gymnasticsSat Jul 24Tue Aug 3
Women’s soccerWed Jul 21Fri Aug 6
Men’s soccerThu Jul 22Sat Aug 7
SwimmingSat Jul 24Sun Aug 1
Men’s track & fieldThu Jul 29Sun Aug 8
Women’s track & fieldThu Jul 29Sat Aug 7
Men’s volleyballFri Jul 23Sat Aug 7
Women’s volleyballFri Jul 23Sun Aug 8

What was the Tokyo Olympics schedule?

A handful of Olympic events started before the Opening Ceremony. These included softball, soccer, rowing, and archery.

Below is a list of when the most popular events start:

WedJul21women’s soccer, softball
ThuJul22men’s soccer
FriJul23Opening Ceremony, archery, rowing
SatJul24badminton, basketball 3×3, beach volleyball,
boxing, men’s cycling, equestrian, fencing,
field hockey, men’s gymnastics, men’s handball,
judo, shooting, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo,
tennis, men’s volleyball, women’s water polo,
women’s weightlifting
SunJul25men’s basketball, canoe/kayak, women’s cycling,
women’s diving, women’s gymnastics, women’s handball,
sailing, men’s skateboarding, surfing, women’s volleyball,
men’s water polo, men’s weightlifting
MonJul26men’s diving, men’s rugby, women’s skateboarding,
men’s triathlon
TueJul27women’s basketball, women’s triathlon
WedJul28baseball
ThuJul29men’s golf, women’s rugby
FriJul30track and field, women’s trampoline
SatJul31men’s trampoline
SunAug1wrestling
MonAug2artistic swimming
TueAug3men’s sports climbing
WedAug4women’s golf, women’s sports climbing
ThuAug5karate, modern pentathlon
FriAug6rhythmic gymnastics
SatAug7
SunAug8Closing Ceremony

What is the time difference between the US and Japan?

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be over half a day out of sync with US viewers. Tokyo is GMT+9 hours. Since the Pacific coast of the US is GMT-7 hours, they are 16 hours apart. The Atlantic coast of the US is GMT-4 hours, so they are 13 hours apart.

Tokyo is always ahead, so it is often a day later there than it is in the US. To figure out when it is at the 2020 Olympics, just add the following number of hours to your local time:

  • HST: 19 hours
  • AKDT: 17 hours
  • PDT: 16 hours
  • MDT: 15 hours
  • CDT: 14 hours
  • EDT: 13 hours.

Can I watch the Olympics on Hulu?

Hulu offers two kinds of plans. The standard plan only provides on-demand streaming. You will be able to see a lot of the Olympics using this plan but it will not be live. The Hulu + Live TV plan will provide you with live Olympic coverage that is as good as any you will get in the industry or on cable.

Can I watch the Olympics live via NBCOlympics.com?

Yes, you can watch the Olympics via nbcolympics.com but you need to login via TV Everywhere with your streaming service (or cable/satellite provider). If you don’t have an account, then nbcolympics.com — the official broadcaster of the Olympics — will only give you 30 minutes of watch time. If you don’t have cable you can watch the Olympics live via a free trial with an online streaming service like FuboTV or Hulu.

What is the Olympic Channel?

The Olympic Channel is an internet television service run by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It airs Olympic-style sporting events year-round. It also airs qualifying events as well as the Olympic events themselves. At the 2020 Tokyo Games, the Olympic Channel is airing extensive tennis and wrestling coverage along with news from the event.

Why wasn’t Russia in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

Russia was banned from the Olympics, Paralympics, and World Championships for two years following an investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The organization found that over a thousand athletes had been involved in a state-sponsored doping program. As a result, Russian athletes are competing under the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). To avoid confusion, we list them as Russia in our medals count table.

What is Chinese Taipei?

Chinese Taipei is the name given to Taiwan for international sporting events. This is due to the conflict regarding Taiwan’s sovereignty. Taiwan considers itself an independent state and China considers Taiwan part of China. To allow Taiwanese athletes to compete in such events, Taiwan is referred to as Chinese Taipei, and no symbols (eg, flags, national anthem) from the republic are allowed.

Why does the host country always do so well at the Olympics?

No one knows for sure but with the notable exception of the USA in the 1996 Atlanta Games, the host country always does better than in the Games before and after it. That was true of Brazil in 2016 and seems to be happening with Japan now who are currently leading in Gold medals.

Three reasons have been proposed for this. First is the effect of the local crowd. That wouldn’t be such a big deal in Tokyo, however, since there isn’t much of a crowd. The second is being familiar with sporting venues, which can be especially important in events like baseball. And finally, there is the fact that the host country’s athletes don’t need to travel.

Who won the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

In the end, the USA managed to win in terms of total medals and Gold medals. However, its Gold medal total was only one higher than China’s.

CountryTotalGoldSilverBronze
USA113394133
China88383218
Russia71202823
Great Britain65222122
Japan58271417
Australia4617722
Italy40101020
Germany37101116
Netherlands36101214
France33101211
Final medal count at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Of particular note is Japan’s performance. They beat their total medal count from Rio de Janeiro from 41 to 58. And they more than doubled their Gold medals from 12 to 27.

If you look at the top 10 medal winners on a population basis, things look very different. Australia received the most Gold medals per capita. And The Netherlands received the most medals overall.

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