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How to watch on TV & via live stream the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony

We go over how and when to watch coverage for the 2021 Tokyo Summer Opening Ceremony.

A man walks past a logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on July 15, 2021. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP) Photo by BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP via Getty Images

The 2021 Summer Olympics are officially underway, but Friday, July 23 will bring the official Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Games. The Ceremony will take place at the Japan National Stadium in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo. The stadium could seat up to 68,000 spectators, but after deciding on no fans for the Games, the stadium will feature approximately 10,000 diplomats, foreign dignitaries, Olympic sponsors, and members of the IOC.

This year, NBC is offering two different viewing options for the Opening Ceremony due to Tokyo being 13 hours later from the east coast of the United States. NBC will air the Opening Ceremony live on Friday morning starting at 6:55 a.m. ET when it takes place in Tokyo and then again in primetime Friday evening in the US starting at 7:30 p.m.

If you are not in front of a television, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports mobile app will both offer streaming coverage, but you’ll need a cable subscription for access. If you don’t have one, you can get a free trial for USA and NBC Sports Network through YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the contests.

The 6:55 a.m. live broadcast will feature TODAY anchors discussing the festivities and run until 11 a.m. That will be followed by a two hour special edition of TODAY. We’ll get Tokyo Olympics Daytime from 1 to 4 p.m. and then after some local programming, NBC will return at 7:30 p.m. with a primetime replay of the ceremony. If you’re not around for either the 6:55 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. broadcasts, NBC will offer an overnight replay from 12:35 a.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday morning.