How to Watch the Olympics: Softball, Soccer, and the Opening Ceremony

NBC will broadcast more than 7,000 hours of coverage of the Tokyo Olympics on its platforms, including NBC stations, cable channels, and the NBC Sports app.

The opening ceremony of the Olympics is scheduled for Friday evening in Tokyo. But the 13 hour time difference with Tokyo means it will be Friday morning in the United States.

NBC will broadcast the ceremony live in the morning starting at 6:55 a.m. EST. “Today” host Savannah Guthrie and NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico will host the ceremony.

Thereafter, NBC will also air a special edition of “Today” which includes interviews with athletes, followed by an Olympic daytime broadcast.

Similar to years past, the network will air a packaged prime-time version of the ceremony at 7:30 p.m. EST on Friday. Coverage will also be replayed overnight for viewers who missed previous broadcasts.

Although the opening ceremony takes place on Friday, the first competitions begin on Wednesday in Japan.

Softball, which returns to the Olympics for the first time since 2008, kicks things off with a game between Japan and Australia at 8 p.m. EST on Tuesday. (The game kicks off in Japan on Wednesday at 9 a.m. Japanese standard time.) The US softball team will also play ahead of the opening ceremony, against Italy on Tuesday at 11 p.m. EST. Both games will be broadcast on NBC Sports.

Another game taking place before the Opening Ceremony is the American Women’s Football game against Sweden, which will be broadcast live on NBC Sports at 4:30 a.m. EST Wednesday.

In addition to NBC Sports, Olympic events will be broadcast on Golf Channel, NBC Olympics, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo and USA Network. The events will also be broadcast on, and Peacock, the network’s streaming platform.

Following the opening ceremony, the Tokyo Games will span 16 days, culminating with the closing ceremony on August 8.

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