“If sports are a big part of your life the most exciting time is here - the Olympics are starting! There is nothing I love more than sitting down with my six different devices set up and simultaneously streaming archery, artistic gymnastics, football, rowing, badminton and cycling. In a couple of days, that is exactly what I will be doing! Because I can! And I love sport!”
That’s right, the Olympics 2021 have already started and even though we haven’t enjoyed the spectacle of the opening ceremony yet (it’s on the 23rd!), it’s time to plan out your own festival of sport with our viewing guide.
With 46 different events and multiple stages set over the next 18 days, it’s important to be more rigidly disciplined than an elite athlete to plan what to watch and when you’re going to watch it.
And because the Tokyo Olympics are in Japan, that means for some of us in the West we need to pay attention to the time our favourite events begin.
Of course when you want to watch the Olympics, wherever you are, the most important thing is to be able to watch it in your home nation’s language, with those familiar voices we all know and love.
Below is the definitive list of which channel is showing the Olympics in every country and territory which has paid for the rights, which is basically the whole world.
Want to start watching the games today? We can help you with that, because you can use a VPN connection to watch many of the free to air streams from around the world, so it’s easy to connect to an Olympic broadcaster who is using your language.
The easiest way to access the BBC Olympic coverage is to sign up to the Swiss service Zattoo, which shows it live and for free. All you need to do is sign up to BlufVPN, connect to one of our BlufVPN servers in Switzerland and then sign up to Zattoo.
If you want to connect to Canada’s CBC to enjoy the Summer Olympics, the sign up process is simple. Sign up to BlufVPN, connect to a server in Canada, and then sign up to CBC Gem. There may be an additional step here, involving entering a valid Canadian postcode - but we’re sure you can work that out.
Connecting to TVNZ to watch the Summer Games with New Zealand’s premier broadcaster is very easy, and best of all, they give you 12 solid hours of free Olympics coverage EVERY DAY of the Games! Just sign up to BlufVPN, log onto a server in New Zealand and then sign up to TVNZ and stream away.
Australian broadcaster 7plus has set up a dedicated Olympics Channel just for the Tokyo Games. It is also free of charge, so watching couldn’t be easier with a VPN. Go to BlufVPN.com and sign up, connect to a server in Australia, and sign up to 7plus. Once you’re online, select the Olympics Channel and enjoy!
If it’s the USA’s Tokyo broadcasts you want to watch, NBC is a good place to do it and free service Locast.org shows their live Olympic coverage. To watch Locast, just sign up with BlufVPN, connect to one of our many US servers and then sign up to Locast. Select the market that relates to the server you’re connected with (e.g. New York or Los Angeles) and choose the local NBC channel.
Italy’s RAI has the rights to broadcast the games to all it’s Italian customers and the stream online is totally free. If you want to watch the Olympics with Italian commentary, that’s the place to do it. Sign up to BlufVPN by creating an account at BlufVPN.com, connect to an Italian server and then sign up to RAIPlay at the RAI website. Check their TV guide for games coverage and off you go! Allorra!
Mais oui! Of course you can watch free French broadcasts of the Olympic Games with France TV! It’s easy. Sign up to BlufVPN, connect to a server location in France, sign up to France TV et voila! You can watch free Olympic coverage with your favourite French commentators.
ORF, the Austrian broadcaster, is covering the Tokyo Games in German. If you want to hear German coverage, signing up couldn’t be easier, or cost less (it’s free)! Get over to BlufVPN.com and sign up for an account with us. Connect to a server in Austria, and then sign up to ORF-TVthek. Find their Olympic coverage on the player and off you go.
The BBC’s iPlayer is a fantastic service and of course also supports their live broadcasts of the Games. Look out for their BBC Olympics Schedule for the times that they’re broadcasting.
There are several services currently offering a free trial which will also give you access to live Olympics. That gives you the chance to get your sporting fix while trying out a new service that might appeal!
If you want to try out Hulu, which costs $65 a month, sign up to their 7 day free trial. That will give you access to the whole range of Olympics coverage from channels like NBC, MSNBC, Olympic Channel and USA Network.
Just sign up to BlufVPN, connect to a server in the USA, go to Hulu’s website and using a valid US postal code and credit card or PayPal, sign up to Hulu’s 7 day free trial of their $65 a month service.
The US also has Peacock TV, which offers a really affordable way to access all the USA’s Olympic Games channels. It’s only $5 month, but also has a 7 day free trial.
To get access to Peacock TV, sign up to BlufVPN, log onto a server in the USA, then head over to the Peacock TV website and sign up for an account there. You will also need to find a valid US postal code, and match it with a US debit or credit card or a PayPal account.
They’ve got four live studio programmes covering the Olympics every day, on their TokyoNow channel and for live event coverage switch over to TokyoLive.
Another US streaming service, SlingTV Blue, offers a week’s free trial of its $10 a month service.
The sign up process is very similar to other US streaming services - just get a BlufVPN account, connect to a server in the USA, head over to SlingTV’s website and sign up. To connect you will need a valid US postal code and debit/credit card or PayPal account.
With internet only TV provider fuboTV, you can get access to US channels that show the Games with Spanish commentary as well as English speaking US channels. They have a 7 day trial of their service which normally costs $65 month.
Sign up to BlufVPN, connect to a US server and then go to the fuboTV website and sign up for an account. You’ll need to have a valid US postal code.
Now you’ve got a schedule and know exactly where to look, there’s no excuse.
Also you know how to live stream the 2021 Summer Olympics with a VPN.
Get watching! See you in a month.