How to watch the Olympics in the U.S.

The first competitions began on Wednesday in Japan and were set to continue Thursday with softball and men’s soccer games. Because of the 13-hour time difference with Tokyo, the Thursday events started Wednesday night in the United States.

Here are some of the top games to watch:

All times are Eastern.

  • U.S. and Canada at 8 p.m. on Wednesday on NBC Sports Network.

  • Japan against Mexico at 11 p.m., on NBCSN.

  • Italy against Australia at 2 a.m. Thursday on NBCSN.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday night in Tokyo. But the time difference with Tokyo means it will be Friday morning in the United States.

NBC will have a live morning broadcast of the ceremony, starting at 6:55 a.m. Eastern time. Savannah Guthrie, the anchor for “Today,” and NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico will host the ceremony.

Similar to years past, the network will air a packaged prime-time version of the ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Friday.

In addition to NBC, Olympic events will be shown on the Golf Channel, NBC Olympics, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo and USA Network. Events will also be streamed on, and Peacock, the network’s streaming platform.

After the opening ceremony, the Tokyo Games will stretch across 16 days, culminating in the closing ceremony on Aug. 8.

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