After a one-year delay, the 2021 Tokyo Olympics are finally happening! What better way to bring the world together than in a celebration of human possibility and global unity?
Whether you want to cheer on Joseph Schooling and the rest of Singapore’s Olympic delegation, or you’re an expat hoping to watch your home country compete, we’ve got all the deets on how you can watch the Tokyo Olympics in Singapore and stream Olympics coverage from around the world.
When are the 2021 Olympics happening?
The 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics will take place from 23 July to 9 August 2021, although certain events, including Softball and Women’s Soccer, have already gotten underway.
A particularly exciting aspect of the Tokyo Olympics is that we are in nearly the same time zone, so for a change we don’t have to think about waking up to watch sporting events in the middle of the night!
What time is the Olympics Opening Ceremony?
This year, the Tokyo Olympic Games will commence on Friday, July 23 2021, at the National Stadium in Tokyo, at approximately 7pm Singapore time. The program is expected to last for about four hours.
The Olympics Opening Ceremony is traditionally a spectacular event that symbolizes the official commencement of each Olympic Games. During the ceremony, viewers can look forward to unique artistic programs that showcase the host country’s culture and history, as well as key events such as the Parade of Nations, releasing of doves, and the lighting of the Olympic cauldron.
Read on for all the ways you can stream the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony live, including coverage from different countries in a variety of languages.
How can I watch the Tokyo Olympics live?
Here in Singapore, Mediacorp will provide 14 channels of Olympics coverage, including a daily television broadcast on Channel 5 and MeWatch. Coverage will understandably focus on Team SG athletes competing in sports like swimming, table tennis, and badminton.
If you hail from a different country or have a particular interest in a different sport, you can use a VPN to connect to a server in your country of choice and stream the national broadcaster; in most countries it’s actually free!
There are lots of VPNs out there, but ExpressVPN gets top marks from various tech sites for its speed, security features, and excellent customer service. It’s super easy to set up and works with TVs, computers, phones and tablets, and even streaming boxes. And as a bonus you’ll be able to watch U.S. Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and lots of other overseas streaming services!
2021 Olympics broadcasts by country
To watch your home country’s Olympics coverage, you generally just need to follow these basic steps:
- Get ExpressVPN.
- Connect to a secure server location in your preferred country.
- Sign up for or log in to your preferred streaming platform.
- Enjoy the Olympics!
If you’re watching on a computer, it’s best to use the respective browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.
Choose your country for specific streaming instructions:
Watch free 2021 Australian Olympics coverage
The free Australian streaming service 7plus recently added the Olympic Channel to its channel lineup. To follow all your favorite Aussie sports and athletes, simply connect to an Australian server, sign up for a free 7plus account, and start streaming!
Stream the Belgian telecast of the Tokyo Olympics
Belgium’s French-language broadcaster RTBF has exclusive free-to-air rights for the Tokyo Olympics and will be broadcasting the event live, for free. Just connect to a secure Belgian server and sign up for the free streaming platform Auvio to start watching.
Watch Brazil’s Olympics coverage
Brazil’s largest streaming platform, Globoplay, will broadcast the Olympics with Portugese commentary. Just connect to a server in Brazil and sign up for a Globoplay account; note that Globoplay is priced at R14.90 (about 4 SGD) per month.
Stream Canada’s free Olympics coverage
CBC is one of the official broadcasters in Canada for the Summer Olympics, and its free streaming platform CBC Gem offers all sorts of fantastic content. Signing up is painless, and may only require a valid Canadian postal code (e.g. R3T 4A7, V1M 1Y8).
Watch Denmark’s Olympic broadcasts
While the Danes may traditionally be more of a powerhouse in the Winter Olympics, the national broadcaster DR will still be offering free coverage! Just connect to a secure server in Denmark and you should be able to start streaming, no account required.
Stream Olympics coverage in France
France Télévisions (France TV) holds the broadcasting rights for the 2021 Summer Olympics and will show the event for free. Connect to a server in France then create your account to start watching the Olympics in Tokyo.
Watch the BBC’s UK Olympics broadcast
There are actually two ways to watch Team GB compete at the Tokyo Olympics: you can connect to a UK VPN server, then sign up for the free BBC iPlayer (you’ll be prompted to provide a UK postcode, like WC1X 0AA, when creating your account).
Alternatively, the free Swiss streaming service Zattoo will also carry the BBC Olympics feed. Simply connect to a server in Switzerland, sign up for a free account, and start streaming!
Stream Ireland’s Olympics coverage
Ireland’s RTÉ holds broadcasting rights for the Olympics in Ireland, and doesn’t even require an email address to register for its fab streaming platform RTÉ Player. You can watch the Olympics for free simply by connecting to an Irish server visiting the website!
Stream New Zealand’s Olympics broadcast
Kiwis will be able to enjoy 12 daily hours of Tokyo Olympics coverage on the free-to-air channel TVNZ. Just connect to a New Zealand server and enter your name and email address to start streaming!
Stream the USA Olympics broadcast
If the Olympics just don’t sound right without Bob Costas narrating, there are a few different ways to watch American Olympics coverage. NBC holds the broadcast rights; to watch the live NBC broadcast for free from anywhere, try the free service Locast. Just connect to an American VPN server through the ExpressVPN browser extension, sign up at Locast.org, and select the corresponding market that matches your server location (e.g. New York or Los Angeles).
Alternatively, NBC’s streaming platform Peacock will offer both live Olympic event livestreams and round-the-clock coverage on multiple channels on the platform. Note that Peacock offers a 7-day free-trial, but otherwise pricing starts at US$5 per month.
Happy streaming, mamas, and we hope your country wins lots of medals!