NBC broadcast network to air 17 consecutive nights of primetime coverage and 250 hours overall; NBCUniversal cable networks to present 1,300+ hours of Tokyo Olympic programming
√ NBC Sports Digital to stream 5,500+ hours, including all sports and all medal events
√ Peacock streaming four studio shows; more Olympic programming news coming soon
√ Telemundo Deportes to present 300+ hours of Spanish-language coverage
NBCUniversal on Monday announced it will present an unprecedented 7,000 hours of coverage of the Tokyo Olympics this summer by utilizing two broadcast networks, six cable networks, and multiple digital platforms, serving both English- and Spanish-language viewers, making it the biggest media event ever. The Games of the XXXII Olympiad will take place July 23-Aug. 8 in Tokyo, Japan.
A press release stated, “In what will be the first major global gathering since the pandemic began, NBCUniversal will deliver the Games’ biggest events, most captivating stories and unforgettable moments to the American viewing audience on an array of platforms that will make the Olympics more accessible than ever before.”
A major focus of NBCUniversal’s coverage will be Team USA, which has won more overall medals than any other nation at six consecutive Summer Games. The U.S. is a powerhouse once again and is expected to be led by some of the most accomplished athletes in the world, including Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky, Caeleb Dressel, Simone Manuel, Allyson Felix and Noah Lyles. In team sports, the U.S. women are particularly formidable and should contend for gold across basketball, soccer, softball and water polo, as well as several team events, such as gymnastics and the eight in rowing. In men’s basketball, the “Dream Team” will attempt to win its fourth consecutive gold medal and 16th overall.
“After a devastating year, the world comes together again, finally, in Tokyo this summer,” said Molly Solomon, executive producer and president, NBC Olympics production. “We are going to deliver the most comprehensive – and accessible – coverage for any sports event in history. The depth and breadth of our broadcasts will be unprecedented, showcasing once-in-a-generation athletes and storylines that will capture the incredible uniqueness of these Games and our times.”
Following are highlights of NBCU’s Tokyo Olympics coverage (Note: More information about Peacock’s offering will be announced soon):
√ The NBC broadcast network will once again be the backbone of NBCUniversal’s coverage, providing 17 consecutive nights of primetime coverage and 250 hours of the biggest stories of the Games. Similar to the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in 2018, NBC will broadcast its primetime show live across all time zones with continuing coverage on “Prime Plus” (formerly the late-night show) following late local news. “Prime West” will also return for viewers in the Pacific time zone.
√ As previously announced, NBC Olympics will provide unprecedented coverage of the opening ceremony on Friday, July 23, creating a full day of Olympic programming on NBC that culminates with the primetime presentation of the ceremony. The day will begin with the network’s first-ever live morning broadcast of an opening ceremony, followed by a special edition of “Today” and then NBC’s first-ever Olympic daytime show on the opening Friday of the Games.
√ Five English-language NBCUniversal cable networks – USA Network, CNBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, and GOLF Channel – will present 1,300-plus hours of Tokyo Olympics coverage this summer.
√ In addition to the studio programming Peacock already announced, more information about its Tokyo Olympics offering will be announced soon.
√ NBC Sports Digital will stream more than 5,500 hours of the Tokyo Olympics on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app, via authentication, including all 41 sports and 339 medal events on the Tokyo program, plus the opening and closing ceremonies, and medal ceremonies.
√ Telemundo Deportes, the exclusive Spanish-language home of the Olympic Games in the U.S., will present the most extensive Olympic coverage ever in Spanish-language media focusing on those stories and disciplines that are relevant to the U.S. Hispanic audience, with over 300 hours of programming across Telemundo and Universo.
√ NBCU will introduce the new sports and events that are debuting in Tokyo: skateboarding, three-on-three basketball, BMX freestyle, surfing, sport climbing, and karate, as well as the return of softball and baseball.
√ USA Network’s coverage kicks off with a blockbuster women’s soccer matchup at 4 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 21 – two days before the opening ceremony – as Team USA takes on Sweden. The U.S. are the defending World Cup champions and ranked No. 1 in the world, but Sweden, currently ranked No. 5, eliminated the U.S. in the quarterfinal round at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
√ This will be NBCUniversal’s 11th consecutive Olympics presentation and ninth consecutive Summer Games, both records for a U.S. media company. NBC’s first-ever coverage of an Olympic Games was for the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.
√ NBC News will have a strong presence at the Tokyo Olympics. Both “The Today Show” and “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” will be on site with live coverage from Tokyo. Each morning, “Today” will bring viewers live interviews with Olympians and share the latest news from the Games. Each night, “Nightly” will profile a member of Team USA, from the most popular stars to lesser-known athletes who overcame incredible circumstances on their Olympics journey, as well as report on all the news surrounding the Games.
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NBC’s Primetime Show to be Presented Live Across All Time Zones
The NBC broadcast network will once again be the backbone of NBCUniversal’s coverage, providing 17 consecutive nights of primetime coverage and 250 total hours of the Games’ biggest stories and most anticipated events.
Similar to the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in 2018, NBC will broadcast the primetime show and “Prime Plus” (formerly the late-night show) across all time zones. “Prime West” will also return for viewers in the Pacific time zone while Eastern, Central and Mountain time zones are watching local news. “Prime Plus” and “Prime West” will showcase many of the sports featured in the primetime show. (Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of the Eastern time zone.)
The primetime show will feature many of the Summer Games’ most popular sports – swimming, gymnastics, track & field, diving, and beach volleyball – as well as athlete interviews and profiles, features about the host city, and news surrounding the Games. Primetime host Mike Tirico will keep viewers up to date about action going on across the Games with live look-ins as the competition day plays out during primetime hours. Primetime will begin at 8 p.m. ET each night, except Sundays (7 p.m.), and will include significant coverage of live events.
Both the men’s and women’s gold medal basketball finals will air in primetime on NBC on Aug. 6 and 7, respectively. It will be the first time the women’s final will be seen entirely in primetime on the broadcast network since the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
In addition, NBC will show extensive coverage of a wide variety of sports during daytime hours. This includes live coverage of indoor volleyball on weekend mornings, as events take place during nighttime in Tokyo.
As previously announced, NBC Olympics will provide unprecedented coverage of the opening ceremony on Friday, July 23, creating a full day of Olympic programming on NBC that culminates with the primetime presentation of the event. The day will begin with the network’s first live morning broadcast of an opening ceremony, followed by a special edition of “Today” and then NBC’s first Olympic Daytime show on the opening Friday of the Games.
USA Network will Provide Round-the-Clock Olympic Coverage
USA Network will provide round-the-clock coverage nearly every day of the Tokyo Olympics, for 388.5 total hours. It will feature a wide variety of the Games’ most exciting sports, including swimming, track & field, diving, beach volleyball, volleyball, cycling, triathlon, and team sports basketball, soccer and water polo.
Olympic coverage on USA begins a full two days before the opening ceremony on Wednesday, July 21 (Thursday, July 22, in Japan) from 4-9:30 a.m. with live soccer qualifying.
Coverage kicks off with a blockbuster women’s soccer matchup at 4 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, as Team USA takes on Sweden.
This will be the eighth time USA Network has carried Olympic programming (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2018).
CNBC to Present Tokyo Olympic Coverage in Primetime
CNBC – NBCUniversal’s widely distributed cable business channel – will provide 124.5 hours of Tokyo Olympics coverage in primetime after it concludes its traditional business and financial programming, as well as some early-morning coverage. This begins Saturday, July 24 (8 p.m. until 2 a.m.).
CNBC will showcase a wide array of sports, including diving, beach volleyball, the new Olympic sport skateboarding, rowing, canoeing, archery, and team sports water polo and rugby.
This will be the 11th consecutive Olympics in which CNBC has provided coverage, every Summer and Winter Games since 2000.
NBCSN to Televise More Olympic Coverage than Any Network
NBCSN will televise 440 hours of Tokyo programming, once again the most Olympic coverage of any NBCU network. The 24/7 sports network will provide round-the-clock coverage throughout the Games.
NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Tokyo Olympics begins on NBCSN a full three days before the opening ceremony with live softball Tuesday, July 20 (Wednesday, July 21, in Japan) from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m., including Team USA vs. Italy.
In addition to soccer and softball, NBCSN’s wall-to-wall coverage will include beach volleyball, table tennis, handball, badminton, fencing and equestrian.
In primetime, NBCSN will re-air long-form coverage of U.S. team sports and other major team events.
NBCSN has provided comprehensive Olympic coverage for every Summer and Winter Games since the London Olympics in 2012.
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA to Televise its First Live Olympic Games Content
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will present 242 hours of coverage of the Tokyo Olympics. Following the opening ceremony, it will be the home of the tennis and wrestling tournaments.
Tennis coverage takes place from Friday, July 23, to Sunday, Aug. 1. Gold medal matches will be played on:
Friday, July 30 – men’s doubles
Saturday, July 31 – women’s singles
Sunday, Aug. 1 – men’s singles; women’s doubles; mixed doubles
Olympic Channel will have full-event coverage of the wrestling competition, which runs from Sunday, Aug. 1, to Saturday, Aug 7. Medals will be awarded every day from Aug. 2-7.
Tokyo Olympics programming on Olympic Channel begins on Wednesday, July 21, with live coverage of the soccer qualifying rounds from 3:30-9 a.m.
GOLF Channel to Provide Live Coverage of Men’s and Women’s Olympic Golf Competition
For the second consecutive Summer Games, GOLF Channel will provide wall-to-wall coverage of the men’s and women’s Olympic golf competition for 111 total hours. Golf returned to the Olympics in Rio in 2016 after more than a 100-year absence.
Live coverage of the men’s tournament will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. every night from July 28-31, with an extra 30 minutes following the final round. Coverage of the women’s tournament will be at the same times from Aug. 3-6.
In addition, “Live from the Olympics” – GOLF Channel’s signature championship studio show – will provide significant coverage surrounding all Olympic golf rounds.
NBC Sports Digital to Stream 5,500+ Hours of Tokyo Olympics Content
NBC Sports Digital will stream more than 5,500 hours of the Tokyo Olympics on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app, via authentication, including all 41 sports and 339 medal events on the Tokyo program, plus the opening and closing ceremonies, medal ceremonies, and more.
The unprecedented streaming coverage will include simul-streams of all NBCUniversal linear channels, including the NBC primetime show, as well as feeds from all competition sessions made available by Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS).
Once again, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will offer the “Gold Zone” feed, providing whip-around coverage that will guide viewers to the best live action happening at the Games at a given moment. On most days, “Gold Zone” will stream from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.
In an Olympic first for NBC Sports Digital, a “Team USA Tracker” stream will be available for select competition sessions, allowing gymnastics fans to follow Team USA’s men’s and women’s gymnasts from apparatus to apparatus.
In addition to live streaming, NBCOlympics.com will provide the ultimate Olympic web experience, with real-time results, medal standings, athlete pages, recaps, and 150-plus daily video clips, including event highlights, recaps and viral moments.
NBC Sports Digital will also capture, curate and distribute Olympic highlight clips and other content to all NBC Olympics accounts on the major social media and video platforms.
In addition to English-language coverage, the Telemundo Deportes website and app will stream all Tokyo Olympics programming that is airing on NBCUniversal Spanish-language networks Telemundo and Universo.
Telemundo and Universo Present Most Extensive Spanish-Language Olympic Coverage Ever
As previously announced, Telemundo Deportes, the exclusive Spanish-language home of the Olympic Games in the U.S., will present the most extensive Olympic coverage ever in Spanish-language media with over 300 hours of programming. Telemundo network will present 187 hours of live competitions and daily recap specials, while its cable network, Universo, will provide 122 hours of live coverage. The entire linear offering will also be available live via TelemundoDeportes.com and the Telemundo Deportes app. Coverage kicks off Wednesday, July 21, with the women’s soccer competition live on Universo at 3 a.m.
The coverage will be authentic to the U.S. Hispanic audience, featuring most of the soccer action live and focusing on other relevant sports competitions, including boxing, basketball, baseball, volleyball and beach volleyball. In addition to Team USA, Telemundo Deportes will also highlight the Games’ biggest stories of Latin American Olympians, such as Mexico’s national soccer squad, Colombia’s BMX gold medalist winner Mariana Pajon, and Mexican diver and two-time Olympic Medalist Paola Espinoza.
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