By 11 a.m. EST, the women’s gymnastics team finals at the Tokyo Olympics will be over. Here’s how you can watch them live or later on.
The live finals take place from 6 a.m. EST to about 11 a.m. EST. If you have cable, you can watch the women’s gymnastics team finals live on any of NBC’s channels (NBC, CNBC, and USA).
If that timing doesn’t work with your schedule, we’d recommend recording the event on your DVR to watch on your own time. Otherwise, TVLine reports that at 8 p.m. EST tonight, NBC will air “primetime highlights” that include the women’s gymnastics team final and live swimming finals. For the swimming finals, you can catch the Women’s 200m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley, and 1500m Freestyle, and the Men’s 200m Butterfly and 4x200m Freestyle Relay.
Don’t have cable? Don’t worry, NBC still has you covered. Their free streaming service, Peacock, will also be live streaming certain Tokyo Olympics events. One of those events is the women’s gymnastics team finals. Though, once again, if you only have Peacock’s basic plan, you have to watch them live from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. today.
If you sign up for Peacock’s Premium service for $4.99 a month, then you’ll also be able to watch replays of certain gymnastics, basketball, and track and field events on demand. But several Peacock subscribers have already complained that the set-up is confusing to navigate and not very user-friendly. Plus, the New York Post reports that some of those replays won’t be available until days after the events finished.
Where Else Can You Stream the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games?
While Peacock is the only free streaming option to watch the Tokyo Olympics, other platforms do have options for subscribes. And, most of them have free trials available.
Sporting News reports that Hulu Plus Live TV, YouTube TV, AT&T TV Now, and fuboTV all have Olympics coverage available. Most of them operate like a cable plan, with a guide that shows different channels (including NBC) and certain DVR recording options so you can watch events later on.
Hulu, YouTube, and fubo all cost $64.99 per month, while AT&T costs $69.99. Luckily, you can sign up for Hulu and fubo with a 7-day free trial, or YouTube with a 14-day free trial. No free trial for AT&T, though.
Olympics Ratings Down as Less People Watch on Cable
In the past, the Olympics have always been the TV event to draw all kinds of viewers in, boosting ratings significantly. But over the last few years, more and more people are cutting out cable television and turning to streaming as an alternative.
The Rio Summer Olympics in 2016 reportedly brought in almost twice as many viewers for its opening weekend as the Tokyo Olympics did this year. Viewership for the opening ceremony was also down by more than 50%. But the number of minutes being streamed for the Tokyo Olympics is up 24% compared to Rio, showing that more people are turning to cable-less viewing options.