2022 Beijing Olympics Schedule on DIRECTV and DISH
After over 2 years of a sideways existence with COVID, it’s going to be a real treat to watch the best in the world duke it out at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Beijing Olympics. The games run from July 23rd to Aug 8th (Summer Olympics) and Feb 4-20 (Winter). As with the previous Olympics in Rio and London, there’s so much action you really need to plan it out a bit to catch all your favorite events. The good thing is DIRECTV and DISH both have all the channels dedicated to the games.
Where to watch the Tokyo and Beijing Olympics on Satellite TV
As in years past, NBC has nearly all the rights to the Olympics. So, the hub for all the primetime events is your local NBC channel. Secondary channels include NBC Sports Network, USA, CNBC, NBC Olympics channel, Univision, Telemundo and NBC Universo. Keep in mind there’s a 13-hour time difference between Beijing and New York. They’re 13 hours ahead, so a Saturday 10AM event in Tokyo will go live Friday night at 9PM in NY. Of course, that’s if you want to watch it live. Otherwise, there will always be plenty of ways to watch it after the fact (on demand, event replays, etc).
For starters, here are all the relevant Olympic channel numbers on both providers (in decreasing order of importance, with respect to coverage):
Beijing Olympics event schedule by channel(s)
The chill is in the air from speed skating to hockey, below is a breakdown of all the action, grouped by event and channel. Most of the big events will be shown on NBC and USA with minor events on NBCSN, CNBC and more. USA tends to rebroadcast most of the day’s action so check there first if you want a major recap.
Tokyo Olympics event schedule by channel(s)
For a deeper (reverse twist :)) dive into each event, here’s where you’ll find each of the events, grouped by channel. Remember, this is where the event will originally and primarily be shown, but after the live broadcast there will be plenty of crossover between all the channels. So, for example, if you miss the first round of gymnastics on NBC, you may catch re-broadcasts/highlights on the NBC Olympics Channel or NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).
We only listed the top 2 channels for each event but of course all the auxiliary channels will carry events throughout the games. Their schedules will loosely depend on emerging stories, viewer interest and more. Soccer fans: nearly all the games will be carried live on the three spanish-language channels with broadcast rights: Univision, Telemundo and NBC Universo.
Are there free ways to watch the Olympics?
Yes. For starters, of course, NBC is technically free via an over-the-air antenna, even in HD. If you subscribe to Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV or Android, you also have access to the official Olympics Channel via their app (more details). Also, NBC will be streaming most of their coverage via their OTC app, Peacock. You’ll get free access for the first day or so with limited free access to certain events thereafter. Finally, check out olympics.com for plenty of in-depth backstory on athletes, documentaries, etc. — all free. You’ll also get a ton of highlights during the Olympics and even some free live coverage. Enjoy and go USA!
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