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2022 Beijing Olympics Schedule on DIRECTV and DISH

Last updated on February 5th, 2022 by George Levint

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.

If you’d rather stream all the action, we highly recommend fuboTV. They have all the Olympic channels, a free trial and are contract-free, so you could even cancel soon after the games are over. Learn more »

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):

Channel
DIRECTV #
DISH #
NBC
4
4
NBC Olympics channel
624
389
NBC Sports Network
159
220
USA
242
105
CNBC
355
208
Golf Channel
218
401
Univision
402
270
Telemundo
4062
835
NBC Universo
410
838

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.

Event
Dates
Channel(s)
Opening Ceremony
2/4
NBC
Alpine skiing
2/6 – 2/19
NBC, USA
Biathlon
2/5 – 2/19
NBC, USA
Bobsled
2/13 – 2/20
NBC, USA
Cross-country skiing
2/5 – 2/20
NBC, USA
Curling
2/2 – 2/20
CNBC, USA
Figure skating
2/4 – 2/20
NBC, USA
Freestyle skiing
2/5 – 2/14
NBC, USA
Ice hockey
2/3 – 2/20
CNBC, USA
Luge
2/5 – 2/10
NBC, USA
Short track speed skating
2/5 – 2/16
NBC, USA
Ski jumping
2/5 – 2/14
NBC, USA
Skeleton
2/10 – 2/12
NBC, USA
Snowboarding
2/5 – 2/15
NBC, USA
Speed skating
2/5 – 2/19
NBC, USA
The Nordic combined
2/9 – 2/17
NBC, USA
Closing Ceremony
2/20
NBC

 

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).

Event
Dates
Channel(s)
Opening Ceremony
7/23
NBC, NBCSN
Archery
7/23 – 7/31
CNBC
Artistic Swimming
8/2 – 8/7
NBCSN
Badminton
7/23 – 8/2
CNBC, NBCSN
Baseball
7/27 – 8/7
NBCSN
Basketball
7/24 – 8/8
CNBC, NBCSN
Basketball 3X3
7/23 – 7/28
NBCSN
Beach Volleyball
7/23 – 8/6
CNBC
Boxing
7/23 – 8/8
CNBC, NBCSN
Canoe/Kayak
7/25 – 8/6
CNBC, NBCSN
Cycling
7/23 – 8/7
NBCSN
Diving
7/25 – 8/7
CNBC, NBCSN
Equestrian
7/24 – 8/7
NBCSN
Fencing
7/23 – 8/1
CNBC
Field Hockey
7/23 – 8/6
NBCSN
Golf
7/28 – 8/6
NBCSN
Gymnastics
7/23 – 8/3
NBCSN
Handball
7/23 – 8/8
CNBC, NBCSN
Judo
7/23 – 7/31
NBCSN
Karate
8/4 – 8/7
CNBC, NBCSN
Modern Pentathlon
8/5 – 8/7
NBCSN
Rhythmic Gymnastics
8/5 – 8/7
NBCSN
Rowing
7/23 – 7/29
NBCSN
Rugby
7/25 – 7/31
NBCSN
Sailing
7/24 – 8/4
NBCSN
Shooting
7/23 – 8/2
NBCSN
Skateboarding
7/24 – 8/4
NBCSN
Soccer
7/24 – 8/7
NBCSN, Univision
Softball
7/23 – 7/27
NBCSN
Sport Climbing
8/3 – 8/6
NBCSN
Surfing
7/24 – 7/31
NBCSN
Swimming
7/24 – 8/4
NBCSN
Table Tennis
7/23 – 8/6
NBCSN
Taekwondo
7/23 – 7/27
NBCSN
Tennis
7/23 – 7/31
NBCSN
Track & Field
7/30 – 8/7
CNBC, NBCSN
Trampoline
7/30 – 7/31
CNBC
Triathlon
7/25 – 7/27
NBCSN
Volleyball
7/23 – 8/8
NBCSN
Water Polo
7/24 – 8/8
CNBC
Weightlifting
7/23 – 8/4
NBCSN
Wrestling
7/23 – 8/4
CNBC, NBCSN
Closing Ceremony
8/8
NBC, 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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