NBC’s Tokyo 2021 Olympics coverage includes plenty of Peacock programs
Posted On July 20, 2021
The Games of the XXXII Olympiad, or more commonly known as the Tokyo Olympic Games, will officially begin on July 23 with the opening ceremonies. They are billed as “the most important and impactful media event of all time”.
NBC and its broadcast partners are banking that although the Games have been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic that the world will watch when the cauldron is lit, NBC paid $ 7.75 billion to the IOC for broadcast rights in a deal that will run until the 2032 Olympics.
The deal covers six Olympics, from 2021 to 2032, and gives NBC the rights to all media platforms, including TV, internet and mobile. NBC and the IOC expect the Tokyo Games to pay off big.
“We will provide the most comprehensive – and accessible – coverage of any sporting event in history,” Executive Producer and President of NBC Olympics Production Molly Solomon said last month at a press event.
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To prepare viewers for the games, here are some of the most frequently asked questions.
How much will NBC be streaming live?
The opening and closing ceremonies will be broadcast live on NBC and the network itself will include 250 hours of coverage. This is the first-ever morning live broadcast of an opening ceremony, according to NBC. For those who wish to continue receiving their information, “TODAY” and “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” will also be broadcast live on site from Tokyo.
What is Peacock and why is it important for the Olympics?
As the streaming wars have escalated over the past decade, NBC has decided to throw its media power into Peacock, launching the video streaming service in July 2020. It currently has 42 million subscribers, with libraries at demand for TV shows, movies and original. programming.
Live gymnastics, track and field, and all of Peacock’s Tokyo Olympics programming will be available for broadcast on Peacock’s Free Level. But if you want to watch live games played by the US men’s basketball team, you’ll have to shell out over $ 4.99 per month for Peacock Premium. Live events on Peacock are also available to pay TV subscribers with streaming options on a variety of devices.
Peacock will also have daily live shows, along with reruns of events and hosted highlights.
How else can I access Peacock?
Peacock is available on Roku, Apple devices, Google platforms and devices, Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices, Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Microsoft’s Xbox One X; Sony PlayStation4 and PlayStation 4 Pro; Samsung smart TVs; VIZIO SmartCast TVs; and LG smart TVs.
For eligible Comcast Xfinity X1 and Flex customers, and eligible Cox Contour customers, they can watch Peacock Premium included with their service at no additional cost.
What other networks will be used?
Five cable networks: USA Network, CNBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel and Golf Channel will help broadcast the Games. Telemundo and Universo will provide broad coverage to Spanish speaking viewers.
Here’s where you can find some of the other sports, according to NBC:
USA Network coverage includes swimming, athletics, diving, beach volleyball, volleyball, cycling, triathlon, basketball, soccer, and water polo.
CNBC wants scuba diving, beach volleyball, skateboarding, rowing, canoeing, archery, water polo and rugby.
NBCSN will offer soccer, softball, beach volleyball, table tennis, handball, badminton, fencing and horseback riding.
How many hours does NBC plan to broadcast?
NBC says it will have 7,000 hours of Olympic programming over the 17 days of the Games. In Tokyo, there are 339 events in 33 sports, with 50 disciplines. Over 5,500 hours will be broadcast on NBColympics.com. NBC’s coverage includes prime-time broadcasts of the men’s and women’s basketball finals for the gold medals on August 6 and 7.
How will I know which channels are showing the sport I want to watch?
What Linear Channel NBC and other broadcast channels will show can be found here. NBC Sports Digital will provide a “Team USA Tracker” feed for select gymnastics sessions and USA Network is dedicated 24 hours a day to Olympic events. The concept is charged because you can choose which events you want to watch.
When preparing to watch events, what’s the time zone difference?
Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of the Eastern time zone.
What are the first events of the Olympic Games?
Starting today, NBCSN will broadcast six hours of live softball coverage, as the sport returns to the Olympics for the first time since Beijing. The United States women’s softball team opens its tournament against Italy at 11 p.m. ET.
The United States women’s football team will seek revenge when they face Sweden, the team that eliminated the Americans from the 2016 Olympics. Game time is set for 4:30 am ET on Wednesday and may be seen on USA Network.
Which broadcasters will be reporting on the Games from Tokyo?
NBC says a record 178 Olympic commentators will bring viewers to the Games. Due to the scale of events and the ongoing pandemic, some on-air talent will be in Tokyo and others at the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Connecticut.
Mike Tirico is the prime time host of NBC Olympics, Rebecca Lowe will host the daytime coverage of NBC with Ahmed Fareed, Liam McHugh and Kathryn Tappen in charge of tasks on USA Network.
The elephant in the room: COVID
NBC officials say they will not dictate to the International Olympic Committee how the Games are to be played or whether events can be moved if staff, broadcasters or athletes contract coronavirus.
Another concern is the fact that less than 10% of Japanese citizens are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and that Tokyo enters a state of emergency amid an increase in COVID cases has led authorities to ban fans from ” access sites organizing events. But NBC officials insist they have a solid health and safety plan in place and will adhere to all IOC protocols.
“If there are any issues, if there are athletes testing, of course we will cover the news,” Solomon said. “Our main focus is to cover the sports that are going on, but the impact of COVID on the Olympics is obviously part of the storyline.”