The much-awaited sporting event of the year, Tokyo Olympics 2021 is about to kick start on July 23rd, 2021. Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony will air live in the US and since the host city is 13 hours ahead of New York, viewers from the United States can enjoy it on NBC Sports channel at 7 a.m. EDT, 4 a.m. EDT in Los Angeles.
NBC Olympics Production, executive producer and president, Molly Solomon said due to the coronavirus pandemic the global significance of the Tokyo 2021 Olympics event, as well as changing habits of the viewers were the main factors to feature live streaming of the opening ceremony in the morning for the first time.
She also stated “I think so many of us, people’s lives have changed. And after we had all been locked down for few months, the postponed Olympics and its meaning, I think became very clear that it will be an incredibly moving moment in sports and the world when the world comes together.”
Along with the Opening ceremony, NBC will stream a special edition of the “Today Show” with reaction and athlete interviews and also a three-hour daytime show previewing the next 16 days. It is also for the first time NBC will do a daytime show on the first Friday of the Olympic games. Also one can enjoy the repeat telecast of the opening ceremony on the NBC Primetime show, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea was first live-streamed by NBC, on its Olympic site before airing delayed coverage both in the evening.
It is not yet finalized by NBC as to who will host the opener this year. Three years ago, Primetime host Mike Tirico and Katie Couric anchored coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Solomon also mentioned that since the Tokyo Games were postponed, we have utilized the time on refining coverage plans, including reducing how many people will be taken to Japan. The number of people attending the Olympics games will remain the same, however, this time there will be more teams at NBC Sports’ Stamford, Connecticut, Production headquarters, as well as in New York and other auxiliary locations, compared to the past.
Since due to the strict COVID protocols, most of the events have been delayed, however, Solomon is still confident that the major events will air live in the US, even if there are any scheduling changes after continued discussions with the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo Organizers. NBC will also have live coverage of all events on its NBCOlympics Official website. There will be 7000 hours of total coverage across different networks.