The Tokyo Olympics are right around the corner and NBC Sports has you covered with all you need to know about the Opening Ceremony including the start time, date, TV schedule, channel, how to watch and more.
When is the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony?
The Games of the XXXII Olympiad will begin on Friday, July 23 with the Opening Ceremony and end with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, August 8, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
What time does the Opening Ceremony start?
The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. local time in Japan on Friday, July 23 and NBCUniversal will provide unprecedented full-day coverage of the event. NBC will air the Opening Ceremony live at 6:55 a.m. ET for the network’s first ever live morning broadcast of an Opening Ceremony. Savannah Guthrie and Mike Tirico will host the event while Lewis Johnson and Michele Tafoya will serve as reporters.
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A special edition of TODAY will follow the live coverage with reactions and athlete interviews. The NBC primetime broadcast of the Opening Ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET featuring extensive coverage of Team USA, Dwayne Johnson introducing Team USA and more. A special edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will follow the primetime Opening Ceremony coverage.
Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony TV schedule
Below is the full Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony programming schedule on NBC, including overnight re-airs, via NBC Olympics and the NBC Sports press release:
All times ET:
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6:55 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Live Opening Ceremony Coverage
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Special Edition of TODAY
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tokyo Olympics Daytime
7:30 p.m. – Midnight Primetime Opening Ceremony
12:35 a.m. – 1:38 a.m. Special Edition of “Tonight Show”
1:38 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Overnight Replay of Opening Ceremony
All times PT:
3:55 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Live Opening Ceremony Coverage
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Special Edition of TODAY
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tokyo Olympics Daytime
4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Primetime Opening Ceremony
9:10 p.m. – 1:10 a.m. Opening Ceremony Primetime Encore
1:10 a.m. – 2:13 a.m. Special Edition of “Tonight Show”
2:13 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Overnight Opening Ceremony Encore
How to live stream and watch the Tokyo Olympics online and on TV
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will air across NBC, USA, CNBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and GOLF Channel as well as Peacock, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. Click here for more info as well as how to watch the Olympics, live stream and more. Plus, check out the full Tokyo Olympics schedule here.