he Olympic Games are consistently one of the most-watched television events on the planet and this summer’s in Tokyo will be no different.
A global audience of more than 3.5billion people tuned in to both the 2012 Games in London and the 2016 Games in Rio.
This year, with spectators barred from attending almost all events because of the coronavirus pandemic, fans will be more reliant than ever on TV coverage, whether they’re tuning in from their living rooms in Japan or on the other side of the world.
What time will the Tokyo Olympics be on in the UK?
Tokyo is eight hours ahead of the UK, meaning British fans could be faced with a few sleepless nights and early mornings in order to catch the action.
The majority of the action will take place between midnight and 3pm BST, with a few events starting earlier or finishing later.
Which TV channels will be showing the Olympics in the UK?
In the UK, the BBC and Eurosport are the two rights-holders. The BBC will have free-to-air coverage on its terrestrial channels, while Eurosport is a subscription channel.
How can I stream the Olympics online?
TV licence fee-payers can stream the action for free on the BBC website and via the BBC iPlayer app.
Eurosport subscribers can stream the action online or via the Eurosport Player app.
Roku users can watch iPlayer a Roku streaming device or Roku powered TV.
Who will present BBC’s coverage?
JJ Chalmers will front BBC’s coverage from 11pm until 4am BST, followed by Dan Walker and Sam Quek until 9am.
Gabby Logan and Hazel Irvine and Gabby Logan then take up the mantle for six hours until 3pm, with Jason Mohammad on from 3pm until 6pm.
Clare Balding and Alex Scott will host a look back at the day’s action on BBC One from 7.30pm until 9pm. Jeanette Kwakye, on BBC Two, will present an hour-long highlights show from 9pm.
What about radio coverage?
BBC Radio 5 Live will have coverage from Toyko between 1am- 9am and 11am-2pm every day.