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6 hours ago, danderson4500 said:

USA Network is listed to carry swimming, track & field, diving while Olympic Channel is going to be the home of the Olympic tennis and wrestling tournaments.

I could see USA starting their night coverage on Monday after wwe Raw (11:00 EST) and Tuesday after wwe NXT (10:00 EST) These two time slots could be the only non-Olympic coverage for the two weeks

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1 hour ago, rio2016man said:

I could see USA starting their night coverage on Monday after wwe Raw (11:00 EST) and Tuesday after wwe NXT (10:00 EST) These two time slots could be the only non-Olympic coverage for the two weeks

I was having a conversation with some people on another site.. they said the same thing.  It's probably why USA is advertised as "round-the-clock coverage nearly every day"

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OK, here we go with my presentation of the news developments...

Seven Network confirms that Ian Thorpe will join its Tokyo 2020 swimming commentary team with Basil Zempilas and Giaan Rooney--but not on location in Tokyo and will be based in Seven's Melbourne's studios. Reporter Nathan Templeton will be poolside though. Thorpedo was announced last year but his contract with Seven expired with the pandemic forcing the postponement and thus had to restart the negotiations (and not announcing Ian Thorpe's name in the renamed 7's Tokyo 2020 commentary team.

Also, there's shaping up to be some additions, subtractions, and reshuffling down in Australian along with Anna Meares and former champion ironwoman Candice Warner joining for cycling. Melanie McLaughlin was set to be the Australian primetime anchor for Seven's coverage that will now see her planned studio partner Hamish McLachlan paired with Abbey Gelmi in Melbourne but will instead head over to Tokyo and lead the reporters. Cycling commentator Phil Liggett and QLD-based presenter and Seven 6-time Olympic vet as trackside reporter Pat Welsh got dropped from the original lineup. Instead it will be Jason Richardson serving as the trackside interviewer. Seven's commentary team will include Bruce McAvaney, Basil Zempilas, Greg Clark, John Casey, Tamsyn Lewis, Brenton Speed, David Culbert, and Matt Hill. 

Seven has partnered with production house Gravity Media for its coverage of the games with the broadcast being produced and presented from Melbourne’s Dockland studios. TV Blackbox reports that because of COVID-19 "Seven will still be sending a team of approximately 40 reporters and crew to Tokyo including Mel McLaughlin, Mark Beretta, Jason Richardson and Nathan Templeton to capture the action at venues and across the city." Seven is prepared for the fact further it may need to further reduce its team in Tokyo should COVID travel restrictions change.

Another change comes in Seven’s 2020 strategy of presenting the games on a temporarily upgraded 7two HD channel has also been cut with the network now opting to broadcast coverage on Seven and 7mate. TV Blackbox "understands Olympic coverage will move to 7two only during the 6pm news and when the network has AFL commitments." Digital coverage on streaming platform 7plus will feature 43 channels and two simulcasts, including 36 channels curated by Seven, 6 pre-created channels direct from Tokyo and one existing Olympic channel. There's that revised commentary coverage lineup: 




Swimming Australia ditches 7 and moves towards Amazon Prime in presenting the 2021 Australian Swimming Trials June 12-17 that will make up the Australian Tokyo 2020 Olympic Swimming Team--the Dolphins. Amazon Prime's well-decorated commentary team reporting from Adelaide will be host Matt White, Jon Harker, Grant Hackett, Swimming Australia president Kieren Perkins, Nicole Livingstone, Giaan Rooney, and Annabelle Williams. Will include daily pre-and post-match programming:



Supersport will have MultiChoice prepared 8 dedicated channels for the Olympic games for its DStv customers and also available for The DStv app and 4 channels for GOtv customers for the Olympics--2 on GOtv Max, 1 on GOtv Plus and 1 on the GOtv Value package. The Paralympics event will have two channels. It will also plan to air all 339 gold medal events with the Grandstand channel on DStv carrying the best events at any given time:


Globo has a goal to nab 10 sponsors for its Toquio 2020 coverage on terrestrial, SporTV, and digital/streaming/online. So far, the Brazilian media behemoth lassoed in Bradesco, Ambev, Nivea, Netflix, Natura and Alpargatas-and is in a rush to acquire four more. Fiat and Claro dropped out last year but could return as we get closer to the kickoff. That's far less than what Big Brother Brasil manages to get with 22 advertisers including 8 sponsors, to put it in perspective. Netflix is quite a surprise as an Olympic first for a streaming service though being a bronze buyer:



In that article, like with this one, says Globo will air over 200 hours under 12 hours daily with SporTV having four cable channels, and 45 channels coming from the Globoplay+ channels with 270 degree studio. The broadcast will be in the best "home office" style, with most of the team involved in the event in Brazil and only 50 professionals stationed in Japan. Expect soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, beach volleyball, track and field, and gymnastics (both artistic and rhythmic) to dominate:


Globo originally planned to have a 102-person team last year but due to the pandemic of course that's reduced to 50%:


Barbara Coelho, Globo's Sports Spetacular Sunday host, will be among the 50 professionals reporting directly from Tokyo, ready to make daily entries and present Olympic highlights while Lucas Gutierrez staying put in Rio De Janeiro focusing on the domestic sports. Despite not getting the Olympic FTA side, Band will send Sports Show co-hosts Elia Júnior and Glenda Kozlowski, and Álvaro José (nicknamed Mr. Olimpíada for his lengthy Olympic journalism track record). Junior and Kozlowski will continue to conduct their program that also airs on Sundays over there and will produce it for BandSports' Olympic coverage while having journalists support them back in Brazil:  


ZDF Sports director Thomas Fuhrmann says "only around 180 people will appear on site in Tokyo from both ARD and ZDF" with an additional 300-400 instead work in shifts based in Mainz 9000km away. Can "still run their studio, in a sense our shop window for the Olympic Games, in Tokyo. We are breaking new ground: the direction remains in Mainz. The moderators only receive their instructions via the button in their ear.":



Rai Pubblicità and Toyota created a cross-media intregrated storytelling brand path divided into 3 moments entitled The Unbreakables, Olympians and Paralympians "out of the ordinary, who bravely faced and overcome very difficult challenges, physical or emotional, and that in the face of failure or adversity they are reborn stronger than before" and based on Toyota's global "Start Your Impossible" campaign. It profiles Bebe Vio, Arianna Fontana, Vanessa Ferrari, Clemente Russo, and Francesca Piccinini, each getting 15-minute profiles, and is on RaiPlay and Rai1:



The Portuguese will get the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games that will take place from 23 July – 8 August 2021 and will be broadcast live to Portugal via RTP1, RTP2 and RTP Play. More details will arrive next time:


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Some other NBC Olympics Tokyo 2020 news and developments that we have to touch upon and possibly overlooked, some just breaking:















The following is a Eurosport Sweden ad brochure indicating like they do among for potential sponsors in the price level of their chosing under the Discovery family--in Sweden's case, it's Kanal 5 (the flagship channel), Kanal 9, Kanal 11, Eurosport, Eurosport 2, and DPlay. Includes an interview with former hurdler Susanna Kallur, who acts as Discovery Networks Sweden's analyst for track and field: 


Sanna now has some company in track and field in 2004 heptathlete gold medalist Caroline Kluft and long jumper Michel Torneus. Kluft, a hosting vet with Viasat Sweden's recent Olympic coverage, joins host Jonas Karlsson in guiding the Swedish viewers during the track and field competitions at the Olympic Stadium that take place during the second week of the Olympics, especially during the live events. But she will also be present at the morning broadcasts the next day when major competitions take place during the night.     Also makes known the team around the track & filed/athletics broadcasts also includes Tommy Åström who comments on the competitions on site in Tokyo together with Peter Häggström and Camilla Enström  who is an on-site reporter. More experts will be attached to the broadcasts later in the spring


In the middle of this Aftonbladet article, we can see the Discovery Network Sverige Tokyo 2020 commentary team taking shape with more personnel to be announced soon. Much of the commentary will take place back home in Sweden with a much slimmer personnel bound for Tokyo. Nor Discovery has plans to create a studio there, either:  


This is quickly becoming one of my favorite Olympic TV commercials of all time--and the games have been delayed. Surely this Europort Tokyo 2020 commercial takes its inspiration from manga comics, Tokyo's futuristic look and colors, anime, and all the side and backyard shops and restaurants there. And yes, the Eurosport Cube, medal zone, and The Dome are back! 

Hong Kong's Special Administrative Region Government managed to purchase HK's Tokyo 2020 TV broadcasting rights for an "undisclosed but reasonable price...and less than what was paid by commercial broadcasters in past games" in the name of better promoting sport in Hong Kong to five broadcasters in "a one-off arrangement" when local broadcasters were reluctant to step up themselves. The IOC's and Dentsu's $70 million asking price scared them off. Later reduced to HK$270 million ($34.7 million). Thanks to Hong Kong's government, the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be aired on 5 licensed broadcasters TVB, ViuTV, and Hong Kong Open TV (formerly Fantastic TV, making its Olympic broadcasting debut) as well as pay-TV channels Hong Kong Cable Television and NowTV. All must show events involving Hong Kong athletes. Government station RTHK will not be broadcasting the games because it "lacked the funding and the manpower to cover the Games". There were those who said this act shouldn't happen. 






For i-CABLE's part in the Tokyo 2020 broadcasting, "CABLE News and CABLE Sports channels will also provide highlights as well as the latest information of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. CABLE Sports has produced and broadcast the training activities of the Hong Kong Team in the past year, it will continue to cover the preparation activities of our athletes in coming months and give them the greatest support. 
CABLE TV will select the contests that the public care about and broadcast through CABLE Sports (HD 601 / SD 661), Sports Plus 1 (HD 602 / SD 662), Sports Plus 2 (HD 604 / SD 664), and Sports Plus 3 (HD 605 / SD 665). Moreover, a team of subject experts will be invited to provide professional commentary for the contests, hoping to witness every wonderful moment of China and Hong Kong athletes at the Olympics.":


Fantastic TV will be repped by Channels of "Fantastic TV, Ch.77 Hong Kong Open TV and Ch.76 Hong Kong International Business Channel, will carry the Olympic items that are most popular among the people of Hong Kong. Professional sports commentators will host special Olympic programmes on our channels and share with our audience every exciting moment created by athletes from Hong Kong and Mainland China":


Singapore's Mediacorp remains committed in broadcasting the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics despite the COVID-19-enforced delay. Industries and businesses being unable to pay in full for advertising and sponsorship raise a concern though:


The Olympic Games will take place in Tokyo for Belgium's Flemish contingent from Friday July 23 to Sunday August 8, which means a time difference of seven hours with Belgium for VRT's Sporza, maybe EEN and Canvas. In Tokyo Live , Maarten Vangramberen will cover the most important sports competitions at night from the Japanese capital, with the emphasis on our compatriots. In the morning Frank Raes receives a few guests every day in a breakfast program and Catherine Van Eylen then bundles the most important sports news in Studio Tokyo . Then Imke takes over Courtois in Tokyo Live for live coverage again. In the afternoon, at the end of Het journaal, there will be a fixed Studio Tokyo Olympic news block. After that, live coverage from the games will follow again. In addition to the evening news, Studio Tokio is back with a summary of the most important sports news. Each evening ends with an Olympic talk show with Karl Vannieuwkerke.

Radio 1 starts from July 24 The Olympic Morning , between 6-9 am Belgium time In the afternoon (from 1-5 pm) there is Sporza Tokyo with live coverage, interviews, reports and analyses. The highlights are bundled daily on sporza.be. In addition, there will be three additional live streams with even more action images from Tokyo. On the occasion of the Olympic Games, Een is broadcasting documentaries about basketball player Ann Wauters (Wednesday 21 July) and gymnast Nina Derwael (Thursday 22 July). Linde Merckpoel follows the European Basketball Championship of the Belgian Cats online--and may cover them for Sporza. From Thursday 17 to Sunday 27 June she will provide a look behind the scenes of the basket European Championship:


Austria's ORF is not surprisingly taking a more remote direction from Tokyo in covering and producing its Tokyo 2020 coverage in cutting costs because of the pandemic by staying in Vienna:


An evening show directly from TVNorge's studio in Nydalen will be the focal place for the Discovery +, TVNorge, and Eurosport's Norwegian Tokyo 2020 coverage with .  

When today's competitions are over and the athletes charge their batteries, there will be an evening show in Oslo - directly from the studio in Nydalen. There, the effort will be celebrated, the winners will be celebrated and comfort will be given to those who need it. Olympic night will be co-hosted by the sports mad Henrik Elvestad and Olympic veteran Anne Rimmen. In the studio, they take the tempo of the championship, summarize the day, bring interviews with Norwegian athletes, and build expectations for what lies ahead in the coming Olympic day. To solder the Olympic atmosphere around our elongated country, Anne and Henrik have brought with them reporter Gita Simonsen. Among other things, she will visit the Norwegian Olympic heroes' homes and families during the games.

In Tokyo, ring fox Pål Gordon Nilsen is in place to interview the participants, while newcomer Erik Follestad will report his squinting glances from the colorful world metropolis. Together, they will ensure that the Norwegian people get in a real Olympic mood through the 17 intense days the world's largest sporting event takes place, Discovery reports in a press release on Thursday morning:


Bruce McAveney revisits Stadium Australia/ANZ Stadium--now completely devoid of its track lanes--and reminisces over the scene where Cathy Freeman's golden 400m race stopped Australia as he and Raylene Boyle called it amazingly over 20 years ago. Now, a new grown up generation of young Australian Olympic hopefuls inspired by what happened in Sydney by the likes of her and Ian Thorpe gets a chance to shine in Tokyo and inspire those after them



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Some NBC Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics basketball broadcasting news to kick off this post.

Bob Fitzgerald, the Golden St. Warriors play-by-play man on NBC Sports Bay Area, will call all of Team USA men's and women's basketball games during Tokyo 2020 for NBC in second foray in handling Olympic basketball play-by-play (London 2012) and his fifth NBC Olympics venture overall.  Previously, he conducted water polo at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and handled radio play-by-play for basketball in Athens for Westwood One Sports in 2004 and swimming in Atlanta in 1996. Fitzgerald also currently calls NFL and college football games for Sports USA Radio.

Also being tapped for basketball broadcasts and making her NBC Olympics debut will be Kate Scott, who herself possess some Golden St. Warriors broadcasting ties in recently being part of an all-female Golden St. Warriors radio broadcasting crew. In March, she led the first all-woman cast to call a Golden State Warriors game. Already, Kate Scott's done a lot of firsts in sports play-by-play broadcasting in NFL radio games, Pac-12 Network football, and with an all-female NHL broadcasting crew on NBCSN in March in the USA. Scott will serve her Tokyo 2020 Olympic basketball play-by-play work over at NBC's International Broadcasting Center in Stamford, Connecticut with Fran Fraschilla (second NBC Olympics assignment, analyst) and Monica McNutt (NBC Olympics debut, analyst):


A strong mix of experience and newcomers is heading into NBC's Tokyo 2020 Olympic basketball broadcasting roster. Former Team USA basketball gold medalists Vince Carter, Candance Parker, and Kara Lawson will join Fitzgerald making their debuts as analysts in Tokyo. Parker will also coach the USA 3x3 women's basketball team while there. The aforementioned Scott and Fraschilla will be joined in Stamford by another debutant in Monica McNutt:   


Chicago White Sox's announcer Jason Benetti will call Tokyo 2020 Olympic baseball for NBC as play-by-play in his Olympic broadcasting debut in Stamford up to at least semifinal medal round and will miss "a week or so of White Sox games" with "the green light" granted from the White Sox franchise and ESPN. Adds to his rapidly growing resume with this great gig:



Peacock, along with the Michael Phelps 3-parter, On Her Turf, Ryan Lochte, Jordan Burroughs, and the 2008 swimming relay race docs, announced two additional ones premiering this week that flashes back to the Atlanta 1996 Centennial Summer Olympics dealing with focusing on those women who excelled there and inspired each other with the connection of the fruits of women's sports in Title IX and its global impact from the gold medal-winning USA women's teams upon the 25th anniversary of Atlanta 1996. At a time when women's soccer and softball were included into the Olympic program for the first time. The features are The '96 Effect (another 3-parter) and The Sisters of 1996 (on the US women's soccer team, the first Olympic women's soccer champions). Plus, the USA-China gold medal women's soccer game will be shown on Peacock for the first time ever available in full televised:


Rich Eisen will host Peacock's daily hour-long Olympic highlights, interview, analysis, and in-depth segment  show Tokyo Gold on Tokyo NOW, streaming 10–11am CT daily as competition concludes in Tokyo and will repeat every hour between 11am–6pm CT Monday – Saturday and 11A-5P CT on Sunday:


Confident now that the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics will proceed as scheduled after a long after, NBC anticipates that Tokyo 2020 will have the family of networks swimming in a record profit as its most profitable broadcast ever still under the specter of a pandemic with some pent-up demand for support. Even with a decline in TV viewership for the Summer Olympics. Obviously, NBC has a huge financial stake in the matter, hoping that its summer programming built around the Olympics with its massive 7000-hour coverage on its multiple platforms will provide a huge boost in viewership being counted on. Promoting and seeing American athletes succeed towards glory obviously will help:




A little more on NBC's broadcasting of the now-ongoing 2020 US Olympic Trials coverage going into high gear that's not in the form of a NBC Sports Group press release:


NBC Olympics' IP solutions, infrastructure, media audio and video routing solutions alongside control and monitoring systems for its Tokyo 2020 coverage and production will be supplied by Grass Valley:


Canon's lenses are set to be used for NBC's on-field and in-studio broadcasts like the wide range of Canon's 4K (UltraHD) as well as HD (1080p) broadcast optics will be employed by NBC at each of its sporting venues and studios in Tokyo. In particular, Canon notes that its UHD-DigiSuper 90 long-zoom field lens will be part of the NBC crew's optical outfit:


NBC Olympics taps Tunity to measure "out-of-home" TV viewership figures of its Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic coverage, particularly its primetime segment from the linear NBC networks:


Cari Champion gets to co-host a new nightly Olympic show on Peacock from Stamford, Connecticut doing interviews and highlights. Odds are very good she'll be joined there by beloved fellow ESPN SportsCenter alum Kenny Mayne, who she knows well (although they never worked together there):



Pablo Carillo from Grupo Imagen proudly announces it will carry its portion of Tokyo 2020's Mexican TV broadcast. Evoking his memories of being in person for the Mexico City 1968 Summer Olympics and how he fell in love with the Olympics ever since. Doesn't detail exactly what and how much Television Imagen will cover yet: 


Kenya's Kenyan Television Network, from the ownership of The Standard Group Ltd., will provide the Tokyo 2020 coverage on its free-to-air television commercial channel. It owns four channels--KTN Home, KTN News, KTN Farmers and BTV--and three radio stations--Radio Maisha, Spice FM and Vybes Radio--that the latter will also be involved in the Olympic deal:



ATV's Tokyo 2020 coverage video promo in Peru anchors a very small report mentioning on its transmission rights for it starting in July:


Honduras' Olympic TV coverage for Tokyo 2020 will come from VTV, a member of the Albavision broadcasting family across Latin America. It operates channels 2, 9, and 13 there. Naturally it will focus on Team Honduras with the U23 Honduras 2020 Olympic soccer team playing Group B. In-house studios hosts will be Circi Hernandez and Luis Flores with its band of reporters/sportscasters Henry Gómez, Octavio Lemus, Samuel Coello, Daniel Ramírez, Alejandro Cáceres, Odair Amiera, and Caleb Alvarado. Gomez and Nicol Pavon were originally set to do this a year ago before the postponement, but La H managed to qualify. Don't know about what happened to Pavon. Polache brought in the musical announcement and it makes note of its sister Albavision channels gaining their own Tokyo 2020 rights like Red Bolivision (Bolivia), Repretel (Costa Rica), RTS Ecuador, Antena Channel 7 (Dominican Republic), and RSM as one of the media networks with the greatest presence in Latin America, having exclusive reports from Tokyo, from the stages where the competitions commence. That will be presented by Maynor Solano, Richard Pereira, Zully Rodriguez, Javier Luna, and Jose Luis Arevalo:



The 77-year old Phil Liggett rejoins the Seven Australian Tokyo 2020 Olympic broadcast team for cycling after all! This time with Australian cycling greats Anna Mears and Scott McGrory...but will conduct them remotely in London this time. Just a matter of negotiations too:


Eurosport Deutschland's original plan for its Tokyo 2020 coverage was to have its Deutschland Haus on location in Tokyo to broadcast daily there. Fabian Hambuchen and analyst/expert Gerhard Leinauer planned to be live on the air in-studio at The Home of Team Germany (Team Deutschland) "to capture all the emotions and reactions from Tokyo" with Hambuchen later reporting direct from the Germany House, bringing his flair from Tokyo daily at 5pm CET/Germany time on Eurosport 1. The show was called #TeamD--Live from the Deutschland Haus" presented with highlights with the duo and German Olympians. Uncertain exactly how the pandemic-enforced plans will change this. Very likely no Deutschland Haus on location in Tokyo with Japan's ban on foreign visitors.  

Eurosport 1 will offer round-the-clock coverage regardless. Will have to offer something different for TeamD but may still have a Medal Zone live conference. Live daily Olympic competition action will come 6am-5pm Germany time where it's exciting and preferably involves German athletes. Will be interesting to see the updated developments very soon:



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Big drop of info today concerning Peacock...


They'll have live streaming *for free* of track and field plus gymnastics.  In addition to previously announced programming.  The only thing that will be on the paid tier is coverage of USA basketball.

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Claro Sports and its fellow America Movil-owned entity Marca Claro newspaper will offer 20 free and simultaneous digital Olympic streams through Marca Claro's portal at marcoclaro.com that will carry over 4000 hours of Tokyo 2020 coverage both live and on-demand online and mobile. On the TV side, 4 Claro Sports HD channels will present 1600 hours under a 24/7 transmission across almost the predominantly Spanish-speaking Latin America (followed in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela):


Singapore's Mediacorp shows off its incredible new pro-Singapore and very colorful Tokyo 2020 microsite and news portal promoting its unprecedented coverage. Even more so now with a gold medal for the nation thanks to Joseph Schooling beating his idol Michael Phelps in Rio De Janeiro with 30 days to go. The fee that Mediacorp paid from Dentsu and the IOC as part of the specific Asian territorial broadcasting rights is kept confidential but has to be around at least S$5-7 million.    

This much we now know about Mediacorp's Singapore Tokyo 2020 coverage, the widest and most comprehensive it's ever conducted: across its multiple platforms including Mediacorp’s digital service, meWATCH service, meWATCH, Channel 5, and the Mediacorp Entertainment YouTube channel. Viewers can catch both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the sporting action from Tokyo 2020 LIVE and on-demand across up to 14 dedicated channels on meWATCH. Viewers can also catch daily news updates across all of Mediacorp’s news bulletins and cna.asia, todayonline.com and 8world.com. Mediacorp's sports that will be featured in our daily coverage: track & field, badminton, diving, soccer, gymnastics, swimming, table tennis, basketball, and volleyball, subject to availability of the coverage that likely will add more. 

meWATCH starts with the Opening Ceremony on 23 July (why not all those soccer and softball on the two days prior to the Opening Ceremony). Mediacorp will bring you the coverage of the Games across up to 14 dedicated Internet streaming channels on meWATCH dedicated to Tokyo 2020. You can access the full coverage of Tokyo 2020 anytime, anywhere, LIVE or on-demand, via the free meWATCH app also, available on iOS and Android devices, Smart TVs, Apple TV, Chromecast, or on your computer. You will need to sign in to meWATCH to watch Tokyo 2020 for free and users can do so via your meCONNECT or Social account. meCONNECT is the universal sign-in to Mediacorp’s digital services and personsalized experience on meWATCH, meLISTEN, meREWARDS, CNA and 8world. Not have an account? Create one for free at mewatch.sg/register.

The coverage of Tokyo 2020, like along with the 30th SEA Games in 2019 and the Winter Youth Olympic Games earlier this year, are a few of the free LIVE events implemented mandatory sign-in on meWATCH and meCONNECT as part of Mediacorp's efforts to improve services, and provide a more targeted and personalized experience for you. Those who don't have the sign-in account can watch a curated coverage of Tokyo 2020 on Channel 5, as well as highlights of the sporting events on meWATCH’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/MediacorpEntertainment. 

Mediacorp, obviously owing to the pandemic, is not hosting any Olympic-related on-ground events this time around. Nor is it selling any Tokyo 2020 merchandise 9wish it could offer some Team Singapore merchandise). One thing I wish, and it maybe could still do, is offer some Chinese and Hindi language coverage on its other related channels like in the recent Summer Olympics through its channels:  



Quaker beat me to it but...Live Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics coverage will be prominently streaming on Peacock found at a dedicated hub/specific destination (hopefully it will have an easy-to-navigate interface). Not surprising at all the major and popular Olympic sports to Americans will be made available and get the draw-in to the new service  Both men’s and women’s gymnastics (with two-time medalist Laurie Hernandez providing studio analysis), men’s and women’s track and field will be featured as part of Peacock’s live coverage each morning from Tokyo, both free. Morning coverage will also include Tokyo Live, hosted by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila. Team USA men's basketball games will get the Peacock treatment (no surprise...but NOT the women too?!; hopefully they too will get on board with an announcement very soon, especially with who are the analysts) but on the paid Premium tier with Vince Carter, Kara Lawson, and Candace Parker alongside play-by-play announcer Bob Fitzgerald and analyst Fran Franschilla. Among the new featured Olympic docs forthcoming on Peacock just now announced include For Ball and Country, which chronicles USA Basketball and some of the great teams that have been assembled during the past 30 years and beyond like the Dream Team afterwards. Golden, produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s Uninterrupted, will follow Hernandez and other Olympic hopefuls as they prepare for the delayed Tokyo Games in gymnastics. 

Other Peacock Tokyo 2020-related Olympic programming include On Her Turf at the Olympics that will focus on women’s sports, hosted by Lindsay Czarniak, Lolo Jones, and MJ Acosta-Ruiz. And Amber Ruffin brings her late-night talk show to Tokyo. Even a light-hearted Olympics highlights show starring Kevin Hart and Snoop Dogg doing commentary on them produced by Hart's LOL Studios. All of those shows will be available on Peacock’s Tokyo NOW channel. Five other channels will also be offered, including Great Moments, Meet the Olympians, Must-See Moments, Team USA, and Tokyo Flame (literally a live stream of the Olympic flame)

Makes me wonder why NBCU has Team USA basketball under this paid streaming status, though:


ESPN's Jessica Mendoza, short track speed skating legend Apollo Anton Ohno, NBC News' Sam Bock, Anne Thompson, New England Revolution sideline reporter Naoka Funayama, Dr. John Torres, Tanith White, NBC Sports Digital's Corey Robinson, Natalie Morales, Gus Kenworthy, Winter Olympics snowboarding reporter Tina Dixon, and NASCAR On NBC's Rutledge Wood are the latest wave in a mix of NBC Tokyo 2020 sportscasters and reporters joining the team and bound for Tokyo. NBC Olympics has not stated what roles exactly they will be involved in like sports and/or features. Can safely assume Jessica Mendoza would cover baseball and softball given she analyses MLB and the Little League World Series on ESPN. Ohno may do Japan-centric features. Although both may conduct different things with other former Olympians. Tokyo's ongoing pandemic woes and some athletes' potentially forced out of Olympic competition due to testing positive, however, likely will fall on the reporters' focus with Torres providing the sports science insight with COVID-19:  


Milwaukee Bucks sideline and digital reporter for FOX/Bally Sports Wisconsin Zora Stephenson, also a sports radio host for WTMJ-Radio, The Truth, and ESPN Radio in Milwaukee, joins NBC Olympics Tokyo 2020 sportscasting/reporting team making her Olympic debut as a basketball reporter primarily on Team USA's men's and women's basketball teams: 


Circle K is the exclusive sponsor for RTÉ’s coverage of the Tokyo Olympic Games across television, online and mobile. As official sponsor of the RTÉ Olympic coverage, and official partner of Team Ireland in Tokyo, Circle K will feature prominently in all RTÉ Olympic programming, including live and catch-up coverage on RTÉ2, RTÉ Player and RTÉ.ie. This edition of the Summer Olympic Games will be the first time that RTÉ will broadcast coverage directly from the host city instead of being just in Dublin. RTÉ Sport’s Evanne Ní Chuilinn will present from Tokyo with a team of RTÉ reporters covering the Irish Olympic story on the ground. Peter Collins and Darragh Maloney will present the coverage from Dublin, with expert analysts joining them to review Team Ireland’s performances as well as all the biggest stories of the Games as they unfold.

This agreement with RTÉ further strengthens Circle K’s association with the Irish Olympic Team. Since 2019, Circle K has been a proud partner of Team Ireland and has supported Ireland’s athletes on their journey to Tokyo through its in-store Here for Ireland initiative that Circle K customers generated more than 218m digital coins, worth approximately €750,000 for Ireland's athletes to use on Circle K products such as miles fuel, coffee, snacks, and other in-store items. 172 Irish athletes from around the country have signed up to Here for Ireland and since the initiative first launched they have redeemed enough miles fuel to travel to Tokyo an incredible 155 times:


Lithuania's Olympic broadcasting rights holders is again TV3 Lietuva. As TV3 Lietuva presents Tokyo 2020 an opportunity with the most broadcasting hours in Lithuanian TV history, it will present the most favorite, important, and interesting sports to Lithuanians like basketball, now in both formats, special emphasis on events involving members of the 2020 Lithuanian Olympic Team. Actually, this will require showing Tokyo 2020 on two national channels for the first time in the TV3 Group--TV3 and TV6. Already announced last year, TV3 plans to send the biggest ever broadcasting team to Tokyo in producing the Lithuanian TV coverage, promising that it will be in high-professional quality. That won't change with the pandemic. It will start with TV3 broadcasting the Kaunas-hosted portion of the FIBA men's Olympic Qualification Tournament later next week:


Basic details regarding Schweizer Fernsehen (or SRF to officially include its radio arm) and its Tokyo 2020 Swiss-German coverage that will of course be expanded and elaborated: SRF broadcasts live from Tokyo every day for 14 hours from 2:00 am to 4:00 pm Swiss time on SRF2. Between 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm--also on SRF2--you can see daily highlights. Every day at 8:05 pm the Tokyo 2020 Olympic events get summarized of the Olympic Day through the 45-minute program “Tokyo Konpakuto” also on SRF2. In the "Olympia Player" in the SRF Sport App, you are your own director: You can choose between 9 streaming channels and put together your own personal Olympic program:


SABC's 18-page provision on how it will tackle its Tokyo 2020 coverage as South Africa's sole FTA Olympic broadcasting rights holder on TV, radio, digital, and marketing. What's relevant here on this thread is that the brand-new SABC Sport Channel acting as the primary (or "hero") TV carrier for its Tokyo 2020 coverage along its 18 SABC radio stations and the SABC Sport app. SABC 1, 2, and 3 are all regulated to supporter status with TelekomONE, Openview, and OTT. SABC previously had SABC 2 as the principal Olympic home for SABC, you may recall. It mentions the need to develop a SABC Olympic media campaign tagline, TV, digital, and radio stings, promos, and bumpers, toolkits, Team South Africa profiles, live radio and digital news reports, and buying non-SABC-owned digital and print ad media, daily media creatives, and daily audience interactive contests. SABC Radio promotions will involve 12 different languages. SABC Sport Channel will more than likely carry both ceremonies and be close to 24 hours daily in its coverage in many sports with news and highlights and lifestyle segments--and be varied and diverse in its Olympic sports presentation while still focusing on Team South Africa.    

My guess is SABC 1-3 as supporters will present a few hours of daily highlights with perhaps, based on its Rio 2016 coverage, SABC1 will broadcasting soccer, rugby sevens, basketball, and gymnastics. SABC2 could handle tennis, beach volleyball, and golf. SABC3 could deal with swimming, water polo, field hockey, rowing, cycling, and surfing. But that's all TBD right now:


Polish viewers can catch the Polish men's national basketball team's quest for qualification at the Kaunas Olympic Qualification Tournament next week on TVP Sport, sport.tvp.pl, and the TVP Sport app. Poland's Biało-czerwoni/Orly (Red and White/Eagles) is made up of a mixture of European-based and Energa Polish Basketball League professional players coached by Mike Taylor. Facing at least Slovenia and Angola in their Kaunas, Lithuania group. TVP Sport basketball commentary is provided by Piotr Sobczyński and Ryszard Łabędz:


Laurie Delhostal departed from Canal+ in April after 10 years, but she just landed a studio hosting Eurosport France Olympic morning show job surrounded by those Eurosport Olympic experts airing at 8am France time. She formerly presented "Sunday evening sports" at Canal +. 20 people formerly working at Canal+'s sports department, including her, have left its door:  


Good news for Czechs: CT Sport will show 300 TV hours of Tokyo 2020 coverage focusing on the Czech Republic's Olympic athletes with excellent TV operational coverage and productions.  Bad news for the Czechs: the reporters must abide by coronavirus restrictions being in a strict bubble with no contact with the Japanese public (not the unexpected part here) but--worse--Ceske Televize will NOT bring their experts to Tokyo with them alongside the play-by-play personnel, meaning the play-by-players will perform both jobs:    


Globo/SporTV officially welcomed its latest wave of Brazilian sports idols from 9 different sports--volleyball, basketball, swimming, skateboarding, surfing, boxing, gymnastics, track & field/athletics, and judo--as announcers for its upcoming Tokyo 2020 coverage in May. A few like Murer actually were with Globo at Rio. Like Bob Burnquist, Janeth Arcain, Diego Hypolito, Fabiana Murer, Tiago Camilo, volleyball coach Bernardinho, Serginho Escadinha, Fabiana Claudino, Thaísa Menezes, Talita Antunes, Thiago Pereiera, Gustavo de Conti, Miguel Pupo, and Robson Conceicao:


I'll delve into the Mexican Tokyo 2020 coverage more in full, but this just came out with TV Azteca having Goku and Vegeta, "the most powerful warriors in the universe", from Dragon Ball Z to appear for a funny news show called Games Z during its Tokyo 2020 Olympics coverage. Actually it will be the Latin American (Spanish) dubbed voices to Goku and Vegeta, Mario Castañeda and Rene Garcia, narrating that show. Isn't clear yet whether the actual characters would be granted permission from Toei Animation and Akira Toriyama to appear. Or their phrases and terms. Just lending their voices for now. Was wondering will we see some Japanese anime ties to Olympic broadcasters: 




TRT confirms it will broadcast the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics for Turkey. Mostly on TRTSpor. Details are sparse ight now but of course will be forthcoming:


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BBC trailer 



That excellent BBC promo trailer as planned to make its premiere right for the England Round of 16 match. Encapsulates so much of contemporary Japanese pop culture like manga, anime, Japanese TV programming with singing and dancing costumed girls, neon signage, back alley street shops, and large Hirogama and Katakana TV graphics. Would make for a perfect broadcasting segment intro! And a music video!

Keeping and starting this edition of the post with host nation Japan. Fuji TV announces its Tokyo 2020 TV broadcast schedule that it will be on the air for only three days during the Summer Olympics on July 26 and 28 and August 2. Fuji TV's live Tokyo 2020 broadcasting run starts on July 26 with the airing of the mixed doubles table tennis semifinals, bronze, and gold medal matches at 8-10pm hoping that the pair of 20-year-old Mima Ito and 32-year-old Jun Mizutani ("Junma") will appear battling for gold. June 28 will see action move to the aquatics swimming pool from 10:30am-1:05pm with the daytime medal winning session with the Men's 200m Butterfly Final, Women's 200m Individual Medley Final, and other swimming events, where Japan's swimming team is expected to have a medal rush on this day. Later that day, get ready to expect for some primetime TV Olympic men's soccer action with Japan's (mostly) U24 men's national soccer team, aiming for its first medal in 53 years, taking on France in the final round of group play. Fuji TV finally concludes its broadcast turn on August 2 after a few days with the men's singles badminton semifinals, bonze and gold medal matches. World champion and #1 ranked Kento Momota, the most decorated Japanese badminton player, hopes to bring Japan's first ever men's badminton gold. Fuji TV's sportscasting team is Shingo Murakami and Fuji TV announcer Miyaji Manami (main caster), Tadahiro Nomura (Olympic caster), and Ai Miyazato (athletes' maincaster):


NHK, the main broadcaster in the Japanese TV Consortium, broadcasted the 105th Japan Championships in Athletics on NHK-G, BS1, and BS8K June 24-27 at the Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka. It was "held as a representative selection for the Tokyo Olympics, and a maximum of three Olympic representatives will be appointed for each event. However, since Nozomi Tanaka has already decided on the women's 5000 meters at the Japan Championship last year, the maximum number of players who will be decided at this tournament will be two. The representative of Japan will be decided by the results of this tournament, the standard record of participation, and the world ranking," but there were conditions for the unofficial decision:  


Like in track and field, NHK transmitted the 60th NHK Cup of Gymnastics that also determined who would represent Japan in gymnastics back in May 15-16 at Nagano's Big Hat Multipurpose Sports Arena. May 15 was entirely women competitions (E-Tele at 1pm) with May 16 (BS1 at 11:55am and then E-Tele at 2pm) being the men's turn. NHK Sportscasting team was Anna Nakagawa (overall host), Naoya Tsukahara (men's commentary), Rie Tanaka (women's commentary), Miki Uemura (commentary), Hisatsugu Funaoka (live), Noritaka Nishikawa (reporter), Takehiro Kashima (commentary), Yasuhiko Matsuno (live), and Keisuke Hoshino (reporter):


Eurosport France in association with former French pay-TV Olympic rights holders Canal+ and Freebox announce the arrival of 7 ephemeral Eurosport channels--Eurosport 3-9--for Tokyo 2020 that will place great emphasis on team sports like team sports, soccer, rugby, basketball, golf, racket sports (tennis, badminton, table tennis) but also combat ones (boxing, judo, karate, taekwondo). For their part, Eurosport 1 and 2 will focus respectively on major events and French performances. The group will also launch Eurosport 4K with more than 200 hours of live programming. No less than forty consultants will be on hand to animate the competition with their expertise. Arriving in the coming weeks:


Supersport's Tokyo 2020 Olympic broadcasting plans will include "DStv multiplatform offering will extend to live streaming services for the first time (Showmax and DStv) with all the expected features (website, app and social with news, video, medals tables, TV guide, curated notifications and much more) for the ultimate in Olympic viewing pleasure.” Also states popular sorts news channel SuperSport Blitz will provide breaking Olympic news, highlights, and results with a particular focus on African athletes in Tokyo:


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Kyrgyzians can watch their national TV presentation of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics live thanks to KTRK and its sister channel KTRK Sport while cheering on for Team Kyrgyzstan. The latter will likely be 24 hours a day in this like it was with the Rio De Janeiro edition. Announced on May 31:


Once again for sadly the final time, several Team USA men's and women's pre-Olympic exhibition basketball games this month will be aired live on NBCSN versus Australia's Boomers (men) and Opals (women), Nigeria, and Spain (men only) as part of The Road To Tokyo. The American women's match with Nigeria will be seen on the Olympic Channel: The Home of Team USA, though:


Austria's ORF kicks off its Tokyo 2020 broadcasting coverage with tomorrow's live 1-hour and 5-minutes presentation of the XXXII Summer Olympics Tokyo 2020 Lotteries Farewell Celebration in Vienna on ORF 1 at 6:20pm Austria/CET. This is where the Austrian Olympic Committee names its 75-person 2020 Austrian Olympic Team (or Team Austria). We already know that sailors Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank will be the flag bearers for Austria at the opening ceremony in Tokyo, and those two will be there. Your hosts for this show are Karoline Rath-Zobernig and Lukas Schweighofer and will deal with of course Austria’s Olympic athletes and their medal hopes as contenders in a wider circle of events like sailing, wrestling, swimming, judo, triathlon, rowing, canoeing and mountain biking while having their say, as do ÖOC President Karl Stoss and ÖOC General Secretary Peter Mennel. Comes with the ORF1 promo.

This will not be the last pre-Olympic Tokyo 2020 Austrian ORF programming. Thursday will see a 30-minute live farewell to Team Austria with later a 1-hour farewell party with Austrian Federal President Alexander van der Bellen from Vienna at 8am and 10am, respectively, Austria time both on ORF Sport+ jetting off to Tokyo. ORF Sport + re-airs the farewell celebrations on Monday July 18 and Tuesday July 19 at 19:00 and 23:00, respectively:



Neighboring Slovenia has TV Slovenija just announcing it will carry 250 hours--and maybe more with Luka Doncic and his Slovenian charges clinching their Olympic men's basketball ticket this past weekend--with an emphasis on Team Slovenia and their performances and the broadcast of the vast majority of all other final decisions, and of course the opening and closing ceremonies of the games on TV Slovenija 2. The second program of Television Slovenia, which will be completely dedicated to the Olympic Games for sixteen days, will start with live broadcasts at around 3 am. At 8 o'clock in the morning, TV Slovenija 2 will enrich them with an accompanying studio program live from Ljubljana, hosted by Tomaž Hudomalj. The emphasis of the accompanying studio program will be on informing viewers about Olympic Games events and all performances of Slovenian athletes. 

TV Slovenija 1 will expand its informative sports shows, particularly with news from Tokyo completely fresh right after Prvi dnevnik at 1pm and after Reports at 5pm, the novelty will also be Olimpijski Dnevnik, a half-hour show with Urban Laurenčič, which will upgrade Šport at 19:45 Slovenian time. Every day, the team from Tokyo will also report on all daily news broadcasts, record the statements of both Slovenian and foreign athletes, prepare special Olympic stories, and try to conjure up the Olympic pulse from the Japanese metropolis to Slovenia.

At the same time and interestingly to all those liable to pay the RTV Slovenia fee are already able to watch the Olympic Games on the programs of Television Slovenia anywhere within the European Union. But Slovenians must register, for which instructions can be found on the website https://www.rtvslo.si/racun/prispevek. BTW, The head of this Olympic Games project on Television Slovenija is Mile Jovanović. 

The day before the official start of the Olympics on July 22, Slovenian TV viewers will be able to watch a new part of the Slovenian Olympic Century documentary series, their stories, this time about the Rio 2016 Games, on TV SLO 2 at 9 pm. Narrator and host is Jolanda Bertole, who talked to the main members of the Rio De Janeiro 2016 Slovenian national team at the Games, with all four medal winners and also other athletes with interesting stories who remembered the Olympic events, their successes and experiences. Its radio station campaign hashtag is Val 202: #tokiodoma. 

If Slovenian fans are not able to follow the sports heroes in the stands in Tokyo, radio station Val 202 will blow up the Olympic atmosphere in Slovenia. Among the listeners, they will go with a field studio and a fan zone, where fun monitoring of sports events will be provided, and reporters will take care of the live broadcasts in Tokyo.

The field part of the study program will be broadcast every day during the Olympic Games between 10.00 and 15.30 Sundays until 18:30. Aleš Smrekar, Uroš Volk, and their team will act as the field leaders for all 16 days. With the entire offer of activities, it stops in Bled between July 24-26, July 27-28 in Zagorje ob Savi, on July 29-30 in Hrastnik, July 31 and August 2 with additional stops in Ptuj August 3-5 in Ljubljana and ending August 6-8 in Izola. Visitors will have the experience of interactively creating a radio program with questions to guest sports interlocutors and the opportunity to playfully experiment as a sports reporter. There will be an entertainment program with concerts and presentations of various sports. At the same time, they will be able to follow the decisive performances directly on the venue and cheer for Slovenian athletes, who will probably be able to greet them at individual locations after their return to their homeland. Sports events at Val 202 will be upgraded in terms of content by highlighting Slovenian tourist locations and stories of tourist workers.

On the website side of things, rtvslo.si prepared a special support rtvslo.si/sport/oi-2020, which is entirely dedicated to the Summer Olympics. Even before the start of the Olympic Games, there will take great care of many interesting content, interviews and chats. Be also able to watch live events from Tokyo at MMC. The MMC team will be on call 24 hours a day so nothing will be missed and can see all the interesting excerpts from the downloads, statements and analyzes in its 4D archive. MMC journalist Tilen Jamnik will also be on the scene in Tokyo:


Model Camila Stuardo return to TVN Chile in reuniting with Pedro Carcuro and Gustavo Huerta in Sunday afternoon's Sports Zoom: Great Sports Moments to provide "a feminine touch" onto the show interviewing different Chilean athletes and their preparations towards Tokyo in sharing their stories starting with athlete Esteban Bustos:


Discovery Finland strikes an agreement with online company Digita in getting Discovery Finland-owned free-to-air TV5 serving as the only TV channel in Finland to have round the clock 24-hour presentation of not just Tokyo 2020 but also the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics entirely on HD quality in its TV broadcasts and on Digita's TV5 channel position on Channel 27:


Kanal 2 in Estonia has its own preview serial TV program that has lasted since last year called Tokyo Olympic Start Count (Tokyo OM Stardiloebdus):


Horizon Tokyo comes from Ireland's RTE One last week on a Monday at 10:35pm as a 3-part documentary on how both the Irish athletes--9 of them in this--cope during the pandemic like with training and not competing and dealing with their own lives' issues hoping their exploits make them wider names while Japan undergoes another wave and struggles with rising cases. Adding another layer to the 9 Irish athletes' anxiety in planning to participate:


The National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan won the rights to broadcast the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics this summer. I can see its domestic Uzbek channel Sport with maybe UzReportTV and Futbol TV will primarily take care of that:


Following is Caracol Television's Tokyo 2020 promo from Colombia. Naturally it places some emphasis in this clip on Colombian athletes like BMX bikers Mariana Pajon and Carlos Ramirez, gymnast Jossimar Calvo, triple jumper Catherine Ibarguen, cyclist Esteban Chalvez, and judoka Yuri Alvear with Caracol reports on the scene taken from the last Summer Olympics from Rio De Janeiro along with footage of various Olympics sports from the final seconds of preparation with the countdown beeps to the action, interspersed with Rio and past Olympics


General overview of the two major Brazilian TV rights holders for Tokyo 2020--Globo/SporTV and BandSports. Globo will air 12 hours of programming daily exclusive to the event on the free-to-air side and hopefully concurrently. The broadcasting time range will be from 10 pm to 11 am the following day. Because of the pandemic, the network has reduced the number of professionals who will travel to Japan for this Olympic coverage. There will be 50 people (including reporters, producers and cameramen) in the Asian country, half of the total previously foreseen. Globo thus opted to create a virtual studio in its facilities in Rio de Janeiro. From there, journalists and commentators will be able to interact directly with the team live in Tokyo, Japan 

On the pay-TV side, SporTV, part of the Grupo Globo, will offer four simultaneous channels for the exhibition of Olympic sports and another 45 free signals on Globo and GloboPlay applications. The channel also reinforced the team of commentators. In addition to its traditional or usual team, it will feature some former athletes such as former boxer Popó, former basketball player Janeth Arcain, Serginho from volleyball, as well as former swimmers Joanna Maranhão and Thiago Pereira. SporTV's Summer Olympic broadcast will also feature special programs created to cover the competition, such as "Ohayo Tokyo", which will open the days on the main channel and will be led by Marcelo Barreto and volleyball coach Bernardinho. 

BandSports will also present its own special coverage in Tokyo. Grupo Bandeirantes' closed channel will be live 24 hours a day with content focused on the Olympic Games. Elia Júnior, Glenda Kozlowski and Álvaro José will participate directly from Tokyo. In addition, the channel will have a special program called the "Pódio BandSports" with the participation of Olympic medalists commenting on the disciplines and the participation of Brazilian athletes in Tokyo. Among the commentators will be the ex-judoka Henrique Guimarães, the ex-volleyball players Fofão and Marcelo Negrão, in addition to the twins Bia and Branca, who stood out in the synchronized swimming. During the Olympics, the BandSports signal will be open to all closed TV subscribers who have the channel in their channel package. I will present further details about these next time:


RAI's "platoon" for Tokyo coming from Milan, Italy will be made up of 71 people: 45 between journalists and telecine operators; then there are 11 opinion leaders and the rest are secretarial staff. In total, including the production staff, much from  back home, the Rai expedition will be 227 people. This "team" will leave for Japan under the orders of director Auro Bulbarelli. At the helm of the most important broadcasts, on the other hand, there will be the editor-in-chief Iacopo Volpi (from Tokyo) and the deputy director Alessandra De Stefano (who will conduct “Il circolo degli Anelli” from Milan every evening from 9pm to 12am on Rai2). The other segments will be Tokyo live, Tokyo the best, Record, Go Tokyo and Olympic news every hour. In short, on Rai2 there will be just enough space for some updates with the news reported by Gennaro Sangiuliano. It will observe strict Japanese-mandated coronavirus protocols, subject to quarantining and then (vaccinated or not) swab every three days for everyone in RAI . The CDR - according to AdgInforma.it - claims (but the RAI would soon turn a deaf ear) the presence in the arrival of a couple of doctors and an interpreter. It also creates discontent the obligation of meals in the hotel for the entire period of stay. "And they don't seem to like the solutions chosen for the transfer either. And right in these hours it seems that among prominent journalists deputies to lead the Olympic columns (still busy with the European football championships who are certainly not making discounts - especially in London - in terms of tampons and quarantines) some defections. An ugly tile for Bulbarelli."

RAI also gave up streaming for even its share of the RAI Tokyo Olympic broadcasts for streaming on RAIPlay out of concern from executive Mario Orfeo in adding $17 million (or is that actually euros?) to the budget and instead allow Discovery+ handle that:


Argentina's public sports channel DeporTV launched a series of documentaries as part of some new programming last August including "Shadows in the Games", "an animated documentary series that transcends sports chronicles and recalls characters who, with the Olympic Games as the setting, were crossed by social, political, racial or gender tensions":


As Romania approves at least 100 of its athletes headed to Tokyo, TVR announces it will present 220 live hours of its Tokyo 2020 coverage in Romania and Moldova with priority towards in competitions where Romanians have qualified:


And to cap off this post, this is TVR's promo from last year that will surely be used now for Tokyo 2020, capturing the impressions, emotions, skill, strength, passion, beauty, talent, anticipation, and incredibility the Olympic athletes offer here:


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Several newer developments centering on the Seven Network's Tokyo 2020 coverage in Australia. First, recently retired longtime NBA player and Boomer Andrew Bogut "excitedly" joins 7's basketball commentary team with Andrew Gaze, Rachel Sporn, and John Casey. Bogut has spoken with fellow Aussie Ben Simmons, who was expected and hoped to play for Australia during this Olympics. But Simmons decided not to suit up for the Boomers. Nevertheless, Bogut firmly believes Australia is a serious medal contender and could finally get one in the men's game.  




Mel McLaughlin, one of 7's Tokyo 2020 on-location personnel, hosts a podcast series for the Seven Network that it launched July 2 entitled No Turning Back: Tokyo 2020 presenting with some of the most remarkable Australian Olympians and Paralympian profiles and journeys/stories. Last checked as of this writing there are 5 in this with more forthcoming before the start of the Opening Ceremonies:  




Seven Network's Tokyo 2020 digital streaming product delivering its experience across 43 overall channels and two simulcasts, including 36 channels curated by Seven, six pre-created channels direct from Tokyo, and one existing Olympic channel. Extends the digital ecosystem with  7plus, 7NEWS.com.au and The West Australian. Together this provides the most live streams ever hosted by an Australian broadcaster. From under four formats: live, full replay, Olympic minis (compressed replays) and short form highlights with live EPG integration and utilizing from across any device of their choosing. It will also have multilingual captioning on live and VOD for the first time in Australian history, something the USA should do IMO later on. Provided with a watchlist, continue watching option, HD/SD selection, freeze frame, autoplay, Chromecast and Airplay:   


Also Seven launched too a A$1 million contest to crown the best Australian ad aired, running between 15-60 seconds, during its presentation of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics the Australian public will vote on a public poll in an attempt to become more Super Bowl-like with its commercials. Winning company of Australia's Favourite Ad of Tokyo 2020 gets free ad placement for the next nine months on 7 in events including the AFL Grand Final, Bathurst 1000, the Ashes Test series and the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. Viewers "who vote given the chance to win a Qantas holiday package valued at A$25,000, supporting local communities and the travel Industry.":



In mid to late June, June 28 to be exact, TVNZ 1's free to air Tokyo 2020 Olympics coverage got announced in association with SKY Television and will arrive daily in a 12-hour stint from 12:30pm (12 pm on weekends, possibly earlier for NZ triathletes and marathoners competing) to 2am NZ time with experienced Auckland-based studio hosts Toni Street (afternoon), Scotty Stevenson (evening), and ex-Olympian and Commonwealthian high jumper Sarah Cowley Ross. TVNZ 1's extensive coverage will mostly be live, previously recorded, and replayed focusing on New Zealand's athletes with all of the Kiwi moments competing in Japan televised on One. Should there be a scheduling clash between two or more Kiwi Olympians competing in different events at the same time, one event will get the live treatment with the other delayed . Only TVNZ Olympic breaks will come each evening from the evening news for 1 NEWS at Six and Seven Sharp. If there's no New Zealanders competing during those times, TVNZ will center on delayed select international events with replays, highlights, and delayed coverage also featured.  Some well-known Kiwi athletes from various sports will provide insights and analysis with presenters

TVNZ 1's dominant Olympic coverage will cause temporary casualties for two weeks out of the British quiz show The Chase and soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale. The latter two soaps will move to TVNZ 2, along with the weekly Lotto draw going there for two Saturdays, airing at their usual weekday times but with no next day repeats. The Chase and Te Karere will instead air earlier in the weekday mornings "unless there" TVNZ 1 needs it for Tokyo 2020 in "a specific Kiwi event". TVNZ will send only 4 journalists to report live from Tokyo: Kimberlee Downs, Chris Chang, Guy Heveldt, and Rapaera Tawhai. All travelling TVNZ employees must b vaccinated as part of the NZ Olympic Team vaccinations ahead of the travels: 



Speaking of SKY Sports NZ, it's going to have 12 channels with live Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games content between NZT noon and 2 am to watch multiple Olympic sports like rugby sevens, rowing, soccer, field hockey, canoeing, swimming, gymnastics, sailing, track and field, baseball, softball, weightlifting, along with new sports like skateboarding, surfing, karate, climbing, and a 24-hour Olympic news channel, plus coverage on its streaming platforms. Can catch up on key highlights, New Zealand team moments, and daily recaps via Sky Go or Sky Sport Now. All Sky Sport, SKY Box, and Sky Sport Now customers can access the Sky Olympic Video Player app using their Sky Go or Sky Sport Now login details with every Olympic moment LIVE, meaning if there is an event that doesn’t feature on one of our 12 Sky channels, then you will be able to find it on the Sky Olympic Video Player. It also features additional non-LIVE video content, athlete bios, real-time statistics and more. It is available on IOS and Android, is Chromecast and Airplay capable and HD-quality. So Kiwis don't want to miss a moment to see New Zealand athletes proudly sporting the Silver Fern:


SKY Sport NZ's Tokyo 2020 promo with its two primary studio hosts (don't know their names) encouraging prospective New Zealand TV viewers to "feel like an expert" and mentioning SKY Sport's general features like the 12 channels in its promotional campaign. Does show the well-experienced expert analysts of Kirstie Stanway, Storm Purvis, Rikki Swannell, and Kristina Eddy promoted in the form of 4 media credentials, suggesting they will be on-location with the rest staying back home in NZ. Although we don't know exactly in what sports. You'd think there will be more of them. With ANZ Bank as its coverage sponsor:

SKY Sport's all-female Kiwi Fab Four of Stanway, Purvis, Swannell, and Eddy profiled and breaking ground. And ready to be on the ground in Tokyo (Yeah, they have to adhere to corona protocols an restrictions too like everyone else there):


Meanwhile nearby in the neighboring Pacific islands, SKY Pacific will devote one 24/7 channel to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics towards hundreds of hours presenting abundant and popular men's and women's rugby sevens coverage (especially as Fiji looks to repeat its first ever gold here), swimming, track and field, boxing, gymnastics, soccer, and much more. The Fiji Village report says it will start on July 23 with the Opening Ceremony. But considering New Zealand's women's soccer team and Australia's Olyroos and Matildas will all play prior to the OC, some televising of them would be considered: 


We don't know as of yet what LTV 7's Tokyo 2020 coverage plans in full are to Latvians. But it, as of this writing, got streaming made known for the first few events of the Games, all from July 23: discussion with and about the Latvian Olympic Team and other athletes and previewing and guessing over the Opening Ceremony; the France-Mexico men's soccer game; and reactions to the Opening Ceremony. All starting at 1pm Latvia time July 23:    


NBC Olympics plan to use over 100 Sony video cameras "to capture all the sporting events, record interviews with athletes, cover press conferences and, in short, perform all tasks requiring portable and studio recording equipment. The HDC-3500 will be the main protagonist of the coverage, which will be used to transmit the event via IP-based networks." It will also use Sony's Sony’s HDC-5500 and HDC-3500 4K/HDR, two high frame rate studio cameras capable of slow motion playback; as well as XDCAM PXW-Z750, PXW-Z450, PXW-X400 and PXW-Z280 camcorders, several production mixers and hundreds of professional monitors like the 4K Trimaster EL OLED series and IP and UHD streams:


Get ready Mongolian Olympic fans! Are you ready for this? Actually this was announced in May but...there are going to be--would you believe?--13 Mongolian different TV channels joining forces in covering Tokyo 2020 under a live broadcast. Mongolia's Olympic broadcasting channels are: C1, Eagle TV News, EDU TV, Emerge TV, STAR TV, New Television (NTV), SBN, TM TV, TV5, TV8, TV9, UBS, and VTV. There is never like this anywhere in the world with THIS many. Not many like this with London 2012 and Rio De Janeiro 2016. Together all 13 stations "will create a unified policy, marketing, technology and human resources, and in this context, the TV stations will prepare programs, news, sports and educational content for the Olympic Games and distribute them evenly on 13 TV channels and other media." During the Olympic Games, four teams are working in Tokyo to provide information on Mongolian athletes and the events surrounding the Olympic Games.

This multi-channel selection will allow viewers to watch 13 different sports at the same time, which will be a big boost to the spread of Olympics and sports across the country. So I guess that'll be a good thing:


NBC selects Cisco to produce the first ever all-IP International Broadcast Center in Tokyo for its production of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, using 6700 Cisco pieces of network equipment like Webex Calling to help support NBC Olympics' delivery of over 7000 hours of Olympic video footage:


Last week, swimmer Ajna Késely and shooter István Péni delivered or recited the Olympic oath at the ceremonial vows of the 2020 Hungarian Olympic Team preparing for Tokyo's five-ring sports show this past Thursday, on an event starting at 6pm Hungary CET broadcast live by M4 Sport and m4sport.hu:


Bulgaria's BNT will present the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics on BNT 1 and BNT 3 with BNT HD:


First Public TV Company of Armenia--aka Armenia 1--did its own Road To Tokyo 2020 series centering on Armenian Olympic hopeful for Tokyo like gymnast Artur Davtyan, weightlifter Karapet Chalyan, and Artur Aleksayan so far:


Bad news in South Korea with Coupaang's exclusive streaming rights deal to Tokyo 2020 association with KBS, SBS, and MBC collapsing in the final stages of talks, being the subject of bad working conditions rants on social media after a logistics center fire in Incheon, killing a firefighter. It was supposed to have its OTT Coupang Play serve as the Olympics digital streaming hub:


And it was just announced almost 12 hours go live on Seven that basketball player Patty Mills and swimmer Cate Campbell as the Australian co-flag bearers entering Tokyo's Olympic Stadium at the Opening Ceremony in a live presentation by Aussie Chef De Mission Ian Chesterman and introduced by 7's Olympic personnel member Matt Shirvington. Mills was in Las Vegas prepping against USA Basketball with Campbell back in Sydney, so they couldn't meet for this. Big deal with an Aboriginal like Mills holding this honor and nice seeing Dawn Fraser handing it to Cate! It was Australia that first made history 41 years ago with co-flag bearers in Moscow with sprinter Denise Boyd and swimmer Max Metzger sharing this honor, albeit they both came in with the Olympic flag in Australia's protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan:


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I'll present a more detailed info bit regarding Sweden's Tokyo 2020 coverage from Discovery Networks like Kanal 5, Eurosport, Discovery+, and Kanal 9. But I would start things with this Discovery Tokyo OS 2020 promo I'll post again next time from Sweden that anchors the All Annat An Lagom campaign ("Everything But Just Right")

Was wondering when are we going to hear any official announcement regarding any Sub-Saharan African French language pay-TV Tokyo 2020 coverage. TV5MONDE Afrique will take care of that once again, as announced July 1, to 46 of such Sub-Saharan African nations. It all actually starts July 21 with the pre-Opening Ceremony soccer days starting with the women and then the men, mostly involving the African teams and live, like with much of its planned presentation. The Opening Ceremony will be live officially kicking off things on Friday July 23 from 11am to 2pm (Dakar time) on TV5MONDE Afrique.

From July 24, 6 hours of live broadcast per day will be broadcast from 3:00 am to 2:00pm--that's 11 hours straight right there, actually--from 5:00pm to 8:00pm then from 9:00pm to 10:00pm (all times UT). Then from August 5, viewers will be able to follow up to 9 hours of live broadcast per day. Each evening, a 60-minute summary "Tokyo 2020, the daily" will present the top daily Olympic moments and will evaluate the various events of the Olympic Games:


Claro is turning to YouTube for its video footage, along with its 4000 hours and 4 24/7 HD TV channels, and it struck a radio alliance with MVS Radio where all of the Olympic sports can be heard in live broadcasts largely across Latin America. On-air talent includes Argentina's Jero Frexias and Jose de Cabo, the "couple" who became famous from YouTube for their World Cup 2018 in Russia commentary across Latin America as influencers, Mexican ex-judoka Vanessa Zambrotti, Nicolas Romay, Albero Lati, Alejandro Cardenas, Bruno Marioni, Joaquin Beltran, Miguel Gurwitz, Laura Sanchez, and Bernardo de la Garza:  


With this MVS Radio/Claro alliance, Joe Aboumrad from Claro Sports told in an interview  with Manuel López San Martín on FM 102.5 says "There are 20 days where we will work from sunrise to sunset and have all the information on the Olympic Games covered 24 hours a day" although "planning has been a challenge, but we have everything prepared for the Tokyo coverage":


In the case of Mexico, MVS Radio will have Mexicans following their coverage and their Mexican athletes on 102.5 FM, EXA FM, La Mejor, FM Globo and Stereorey from 11:00pm-5am to live narration of the best events then for a daily special highlights program on 10-11pm.



Very unfortunate with this development coming from Mexico's TV side. Part of me hoped that with Televisa and TV Azteca (with Imagen Television in tow) after it reclaimed the Mexican FTA broadcast rights after the Sochi-Rio cycle that didn't work between America Movil/Claro Sports and the numerous Mexican public TV stations like Mexico City's Canal 22 and Canal Once. Alas, seems as though there will be reverting back to what it previously did. No doubt this Olympics will be very different and highly unusual than it previously with the coronavirus pandemic. Ignacio Suarez presents this brilliant and insightful column with sources' help over the upcoming Mexican TV plans with them dealing with the pandemic (leading very isolating bubble-like lives) and they're...very disappointing in what to expect. Televisa, TV Azteca, and Imagen Television all have to share the 200 transmission hours on the FTA side with them all getting each 50 hours, covering the same events, with the remaining 16 hours for each one to their discretion--in comparison to Claro Sports' massive 4000 hours and 4 TV channels. Strongly suspecting it will not be all sports, like I've seen in TV Azteca's case (more soon).

A large broadcast project but with the fewest ever personnel from Mexico. For example, TV Azteca will will send only 20 people including 5 engineers and 3 cameramen with Ines Sainz, David Medrano, and Taina Ventimilla (but plans to have a spectacular 3D augmented reality studio. Televisa, under the TUDN banner, will send the far lesser than previous in London with 34--and NO studio or lavish scenary, just a platform with a stadium background. Really it won't plan on serious sports analysis just Olympic-inspired family fun, info, and entertainment--and a TBN comic with its programming starting July 22 from 10:30am to 12:30pm (very likely that Mexico soccer game) on Channel 5. TUDN anchor is Tono de Valdes with Burak, memo Schultz, Furby, Marc Crosas, Alejandro de la Rosa, Valeria Marin. Imagen is by far the worst with 6 going and neither top faces Javier Alarcon and Pablo Carillo going. More thoughts later:    


Vera's Vanessa Quintero speaks with Globo's Director of Sports Events Joana Thimoteo over the in-depth strategy in sending only 50 people overall from the Globo camp to Tokyo and keeping the 400-500-person majority back in Brazil; how Globo was forced to adjust its coverage plans during this pandemic like creating a 270-degree viewed virtual studio with Tokyo live cameras; expectations on the Brazilian athletes' performances; involving the Brazilian advertising market in "its very close relationship" with them; the importance of reaching a younger demographic with skateboarding and surfing and dealing with Japan's very serious pandemic protocol. All while making things and accessibly very multiplatform for younger followers:


Globo's Fernanda Torres narrates this Globo/SporTV promo discussing how the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics can bring millions of Brazilians together with its overall general coverage from 200 hours from TV Globo, in-depth info and more from SporTV's 4 channels, 45 real-time streams, Globoplay, social media, and GE Tokyo graphics to get inspired with. Set to Globo's Rio 2020 theme score:   


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On 7/9/2021 at 10:09 AM, Quaker2001 said:

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Thanks, Quaker2001! :)

TVN Chile is the exclusive free-to-air Chilean domestic Olympic TV broadcaster for Tokyo 2020 and continues its Summer Olympic broadcasting streak established sincce 1992. That TVN Olympic preview show I told you about earlier is just a warmup for those involved. Pedro Carcuro, Camila Stuardo, Gustavo Huerta, Mauricio Pinilla, and the journalist and former gymnast, Carla Parra will lead a select team of Chilean broadcasters with more than 20 experts accompanying them, including former national record swimmer in 200 meters backstroke, Romina Cannoni, and the reporter Rocío Ayala, who will comment on the matches of the women's Reds that debuts for the first time in an Olympic Games competition. TVN will barely reach the 200 hours Summer Olympics broadcasting mark with this--programming at dawn, mornings, afternoons, and primetime. Journalists Claudio Arévalo and Eugenio Salinas will dispatch for TVN on-location, who will follow the Chilean delegation, one of the largest in history and with the highest participation of women, in a particular year where Team Chile will have compatriots in 24 disciplines. Comes with the TVN Tokyo 2020 promo interspersed with historic Chilean Olympic and international moments mostly up to Rio 2016 and current Chilean Olympians and a man and woman emulating various Summer Olympic sports (the woman sporting the mask at the very start strongly suggest the pandemic context it's still under). The aforementioned main five TVN sportscasters appear at 00:36 to the end:


TVN Chile's Tokyo 2020 Olympic coverage is rapidly taking shape. Does promise to show every one of the 58 Chilean athletes participating in Tokyo in the biggest delegation Team Chile ever had since Helsinki 1958! Shows what exactly scheduled times each and every one of the 58-athlete will be in and the days are present for Chilean viewers will watch:  


Actually, we do know about the Chilean women's national soccer team, who kick things off for TVN on Wednesday, July 21 when on Las Rojas take on Great Britain at 3:30am Chile time as they make their Olympic women's soccer debut that starts TVN's Tokyo 2020 coverage. TVN will of course show live at least every Las Rojas Group A games with Great Britain, Canada, and Japan:


ASTRO Sports Pack customers in Malaysia will get access to 13 channels devoted Tokyo 2020 in HD with selected live events in 4K UHD on Ultra Box. All Astro customers can get the best coverage of Tokyo 2020's Malaysian sporting heroes at the Tokyo 2020 on Astro Arena HD (Channel801). Like Azizulhasni Awang and Shah Firdaus Sahrom for cycling; divers Pandelela Rinong, Leong Mun Yee, Ng Yan Yee, and Nur Dhabitah Sabri; gymnasts Farah Ann Abdul Hadi; Khairul Anuar Mohamad for archery; Khairulnizam Afendy, Nur Shazrin Latif, Nuraisyah Jamil and Juni Noor Jamali for sailing with hopefully more Malaysians qualifying. NJOI customers who purchase Sports 2021 Pass or NJOI HD Pack will have access to 13 channels for Tokyo 20202 in HD that will also features Astro Arena in HD, while existing NJOI customers will have access to Astro Arena in SD. Astro Arena also will be placing a team of reporters on the ground in Tokyo throughout the Olympic Games, giving Malaysian sports fans daily access to the key moments around its athletes--especially in terms of their preparation, their events, and their instant reaction. On top of daily news bulletins on Astro Arena, additional shows will feature ex-Malaysian Olympians sharing their thoughts on the Olympic Games:


Discovery + Sweden has several "exciting" programs Olympic-focused new and recurring original programming for Swedes there and its sister TV channel Kanal 5. These are Sarah Sjostrom: The Fight Against The Clock (diligently fighting and training to get healthy and qualify in swimming following a February elbow injury), Dreaming of Gold: Together For the Olympics In Tokyo (profiling six Swedish Olympians--Angelica Bengtsson, Max Salminen, Sofia Mattsson, Anna Bernholm, Petter Menning, and Sara Algotsson Ostholt), How Hard Can It Be? with Isabel Boltenstern trying out various Summer Olympic sports: judo, canoeing, discus throw, swimming, skeet, tennis, walking, and skeet shooting, Olympic Evening with Jessica Almenas (OS Kvall Med Almenas) evening show, Olympic Studio (OS-Studion) with presenters Karin Frick, Caroline Kluft, and Jonas Karlsson. There the focus is on live sports and Swedish competitors. Jonas Karlsson's Olympic Stories with him meeting Olympic legends, Swedish icons, and pioneers, and a Sky Brown documentary on the 12-year old British skateboarding star:    


In addition to ORF's Team Austria's Olympic farewell celebrations from Vienna and preview, ORF will transmit the pre-Opening Ceremony start with soccer starting on July 21 with ORF1 and ORF Sport+ showing the USA-Sweden and Australia-New Zealand women's soccer matches, respectively with ORF Sport+ doing the highlights. July 22 sees ORF1 and ORF Sport+ turning to men soccer with Mexico-France (ORF SPORT+) and the 2016 gold medal rematch between Brazil and Germany (ORF1) and again with ORF Sport+ airing the highlights:


Like some more Olympic-related podcasts? Check out what NOS in The Netherlands is doing with its series Olympic Podcasts from NPO Radio 1 with co-hosts Henry Schut and Jeroen Stekelenburg visiting many Tokyo 2020-bound Dutch Olympians from multiple sports. In these personal conversations they talk about their lives as athletes and their preparations for the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games: As of this writing there's 29 episodes:


Be prepared to see some tech innovations powered by the arrival of 5G in Tokyo to enhance the next generation Tokyo 2020 fan experience in select demo status with sailing, swimming, and golf. Even some 12K planned at the Enoshima Yacht Harbor  But how is it going to be accomplished with now no fans permitted at all? SVG says Olympic sponsors  Intel, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), and NTT DOCOMO will provide the technology, and NHK and the Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association will play a role. In the latter, surely those will be broadcasted with the online/mobile options since the Japanese are forced to stay home:


Gold medal-winning swimmer Cesar Cielo joins the 100 person team of sports commentators Globo is involving for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics for Globo TV and SporTV with fellow former Brazilian swimmers Gustavo Borges, Thiago Parreira, and Joana Maranhao. Emanuel will be joined by Talita in beach volleyball. Jade Barbosa, Daiane Dos Santos, Diego Hypolito are in gymnastics. The +Live Channel streaming option will gather all broadcast signals:


On Eurosport Italia and Discovery Italia, they will broadcast the Japanese event in full in Italy through Discovery+ in the OTT format in multiple digital feeds, all integrated and simultaneous. Those who subscribe to the relevant app will be able to follow practically every competition in its entirety. 2500 hours of live coverage will be ensured during the 16 days of competitions, spread over about 30 channels, with a main one customized in an Italian bent, which will sort the line from one field to another depending on the current situation. Plans to add a free-to-air programming on Nove, with daily summaries and commentary magazines. I think they should scrap an on-location Casa Italia but will do the virtual studio in both from London and Milan: 


RTS 2 will handle the French-Swiss language TV presentation of Tokyo 2020 with almost all of its 300 hours planned there. It will be continuous live and direct from Tokyo with a daily magazine co-presented by Elodie Crausaz and Fred Scola. The RTS Sport site and app will also offer a generous offer with six additional broadcast streaming channels with the digital 1800 hours. RTS 2 has also produced multiple companion, usually non-sports Japan-themed documentaries in various part of its society in the lead up to Tokyo 2020's start. Will get further details next week:


France Televisions' Outre-mer La 1ère (France Overseas) online portal, has four documentaries profiling France's successful Olympic athletes hailing from its overseas territories like Marie-José Pérec, Teddy Riner, Laura Flessel, Jackson Richardson, Christine Arron, Fabrice and Jérôme Jeannet, and Émilie Andéol under what's called the Olympics Overseas banner. It's written by Mathieu Méranville and directed by Vianney Sotès which will be available from July 22. Other three include Teddy, Les Légendes du sport, Golden Islands:



Eurosport Poland is following its French counterpart's lead in adding 7 additional ephemeral channels for its Tokyo 2020 coverage along with Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2. It will show among other things soccer, rugby, basketball, golf, and martial arts combat sports. But those would likely be on Discovery Player instead of being on TV in Poland. Meanwhile, as a reminder, TVP Polska will transmit 350 hours of Tokyo 2020 coverage through TVP1 and TVP Sport on the TV side with sport.tvp.pl. TVP Sport director Marek Szkolnikowski announced via Twitter that Dariusz Szpakowski will comment on rowing and canoeing:


Caracol Television will launch a new sport TV channel called Caracol Sports that will handle the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics with over 200 hours planned from July 21 to August 8 primarily following the 70 Colombian athletes who will be in Tokyo. Thus, through the HD2 signal, between 8 at night and 9:30 in the morning, all the emotions of the Tokyo Olympic Games will be experienced and fronted by studio host Ana María Navarrete. Almost all of it (90%) will be produced remotely back in Colombia at 70-80 people working there with only 9 journalists being on location due to the Japanese government's restrictions:


Fiji TV, the state TV broadcaster in Fiji, will broadcast the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on its free-to-air TV channel Fiji One starting with the Opening Ceremony after securing the rights and promises to show much of the action like the Fijian rugby seven gold medal defense starting with Canada:



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Now just entering the under 10-day mark. Interesting, isn't it? 

To start with, the IOC just released its PDF list of all the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics TV and radio broadcast rights holders. We'll strive to get to all of them and their developments even during the Games in progress themselves, for there are so many worldwide. Many nations are only just now starting to release their national coverage plans from their broadcasters:


Atmedia opened up exclusive TV advertising space packages for the Czech Eurosport edition only for Eurosport 1. They could've been either for combining their brand as an overall partner or only exclusively for only one of Eurosport 1 Czech's Olympic broadcast days. It could also range in choosing from several advertising pricing formats from sponsorship messages through its advertising with a guaranteed ad position to standard advertising spots. Eurosport 1 Czech Republic will bring almost 250 hours of live broadcasts, which will broadcast usually starting from at one o'clock to 4:30 in the afternoon, and will be replaced by reruns and highlights in the evening all under Czech time CET. At 4:30pm and also at 8:30pm, Eurosport1 will offer clips of the best moments from the day and plans to bring viewers all sports from the Summer Olympics. Atmedia's business packages were all under the atmedia, atadults, and atchoice pricing categories. Advertising campaigns on Eurosport 1 Czech Republic "have a high affinity, especially among men of working age, with higher incomes and from larger cities," adds Michaela Vasilová: 


OK, I saw NBC Olympics' Tokyo TV/streaming schedule, and three things sprang up in my mind: First, I noticed there is now an abundant lack or tremendous depreciation of non-Team USA men's and women's Olympic basketball games during group play. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic basketball games not involving the USA tend to be ones with current NBA stars like Slovenia's Luka Doncic, who only appears when facing Argentina (barring at least a QF appearance). Does this has something to do with the 4-team, 3-group format? Surely there are business/research decisions behind this. We all know NBC wasn't planning to return the Olympic Basketball and Soccer Channels for Tokyo. Yet soccer, volleyball, rugby sevens, team handball, baseball, and softball, are allowed to be international. Though in some cases like in team handball, the televised focus will be on the serious medal contenders like Norway's and The Netherlands' women. Soccer tends to have all of the games instated, even with the USA men not qualified. I happen to be fan of the Canadian women's basketball team (I wish also the men qualified in Victoria, BC, and I even serve as a possessor of Nike Canada Basketball merchandise), Australia's Boomers and Opals, Belgian Cats, the German men, Spain's women and French men and women. Also curious about how the Puerto Rican women will fare in their Olympic debut. But outside of online streaming, I won't be able to see them televised--and I don't have cable as of yet. If I was living in Seattle, Detroit, and Buffalo, I would have the CBC/SRC as an option to see Team Canada, to say nothing of TSN, Rogers Sportsnet, the RDS channels, and TeleLatino. But I don't live in those cities. Might get a chance to see the Puerto Rican women on Telemundo, but apparently not in English. But it is a shame as global a sport like basketball gets shortchanged like that with no Olympic Basketball Channel to see the non-American basketball teams more consistently televised, considering the amount of massive TV hours across the NBC family. They could easily head elsewhere even if they could conflict with other events.

Speaking of Telemundo/MUN2 (now NBC Universo), we haven't as yet seen its own TV/streaming schedule. Where is it? Surely, that's coming out. Interesting that Telemundo/NBC Universo's 300-hour one did not come out with the bigger NBC family of networks English version. Hope to see when that comes and critique that with us seeing it. Hold some doubt both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be conducted in Spanish (hope so). 

Also I noticed lots of replays/encore presentations over on other NBC networks outside of live presentation carrier. Sometimes heading over to NBC or any other NBC networks carrying them afterwards. Need to study this more. 

ORF in Austria announced its Tokyo 2020 Olympische Sommerspiele TV plans yesterday from Vienna after wishing Team Austria's 2020 Summer Olympic athletes sanctioned by the OOC well in their departure. ORF will offer nearly 500 hours (270 hours on ORF1, 200 hours in ORF Sport+, and an additional 20 hours of ORF livestreaming at orf.at) that starts with Olympic women's soccer on Wednesday, July 21 live with USA-Sweden. Coverage breakdown overall begins this way: The opening ceremony at the Summer Olympics, which ORF1 will show on July 23 from 12.30 pm Austria/CET time, has a traditionally high viewership reach. ORF 1 will then report live from the Olympics every day from around 11.30pm (sometimes from 1.00am) to 4.50pm, including the Olympic Update and the Olympic Studio at lunchtime, the evening "Olympia Studio" is usually from 6.20pm to 7.00pm on the program of ORF1. ORF SPORT + also reports live from around 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. And there is a lot to report: 339 medal decisions are made in 33 sports, including five that are new or back in the Olympic program: base and softball, karate, climbing, skateboarding and surfing. 75 athletes from the ÖOC are qualified for Tokyo 2020. The ORF team, at least a very small team, will be present of Tokyo with a glass studio at Nations Village serving as its Olympia Studio, making it a meeting point with interviews and press conferences with Austria's athletes. Assurances are made so that almost all of Austria's athletes will be shown live on ORF thanks to 55 multi-lines daily. ORF's got a nice range of sports play-by-play commentators and ex-athletes covering the sports, with almost all of them like bulk of the staff still based in Vienna, to go along with on-location team like the Olympia Studio faces of Alina Zellhofer, Rainer Pariasek, Karoline Rath-Zobernig, and Lukas Schweighofer leading alternately through the Olympia-Studio. There are also ORF on-location sportscaster/reporter positions inside the Olympic Stadium (athletics) and at the competition venues for table tennis, climbing, swimming and sailing.

In addition, ORF plans to air the Zeit Fur Legenden (Time For Legends) biopic on Jesse Owens in Berlin on Opening Ceremony Day in its German-language free TV premiere. Owens once contemplated boycotting Berlin. Austrians looking for online/mobile features like competition, numerous stories, and background reports centering on the Olympics with a special focus on Team Austria's female athletes as well as stats online/digital/mobile. Will livestream of all ORF-TV broadcasts with ORF-TVthek offers an In Focus video-on-demand focus. O1 Radio has a feature on transgendered New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard set to compete as the first transgendered Olympian and the controversy surrounding her. On Wednesday, August 4, Japanese impressionistic art and its rich culture, literature, intellectualism, and philosophy are the subject of Salzburg Night Studio at 9pm also on O1. Ö3 listeners are there live at all medal decisions with Austrian participation. Michi Kasper, Wolfgang Eichinger and Gerhard Prohaska straight from the Ö3 sports editorial team are in Tokyo reporting things. In addition, the most important events are summarized again and again during the day with the most interesting news from Tokyo, Japan can already be heard at breakfast in the Ö3-Wecker.

On July 7th, FM4 will start the “Road to Tokyo” series on the afternoon program FM4- “Connected” (3:00 pm), which accompanies five Austrian athletes as they prepare for the Olympic Games. The main focus will be on young sports, some of which are invited for the first time, such as climbing, kayaking or skating. During the Olympic Games, the FM4 “Morning Show” (6:00 am) from July 23rd in the “How to watch the Olympics” series will provide entertaining instructions on how to “properly” watch it. What is important when following sports such as climbing, skating, surfing or karate on the screen? The Olympic Games are always a showcase for the so-called “fringe sports”, which are often lost in everyday sports between soccer and skiing. FM4 brings things in front of the curtain:


Second part of ORF's Tokyo 2020 broadcasting press release showcases the ORF Tokyo 2020 TV schedule, although as of that writing this is subject to change and thus incomplete. Plus it doesn't designate exactly what sports on the schedule will go where in the ORF TV broadcasting realm: 


Next door in neighboring Switzerland, SRF, the Swiss-German broadcaster, will report on TV, radio, and online media practically around the clock. SRF2, formerly Schweizer Fernsehen/SF2, will immerse Swiss TV audiences in the Olympic world from Tokyo with over 300 hours overall for approximately 19 hours a day with live sports being the big part of it from 2am to 4pm Switzerland/CET time--with a focus as usual on Swiss athletes. Daniela Milanese and Jann Billeter present Tokyo Live from its SRF studio in Tokyo Bay. After the live broadcasts, Tokyo Highlights will follow that showing daily highlights and partial recordings of competitions that weren't completed upon live transmission or weren't shown live. SRF2's Olympic broadcast days conclude with 45-minute Tokyo Konpakuto magazine at 8:05pm with a look back at the previous day's competition co-hosted by Sibylle Eberle and Paddy Kalin back at SRF's TV studios in Zurich. Tokio Konpakuto will also have freelance journalist and photographer Patrick Rohr, already experienced with Japan and worked with SRF for years, immersing and sharing in-depth insights into Japanese culture's many aspects with its traditions, backgrounds, and surprises direct from Tokyo. 

On the radio front with Radio SRF3, presenters Rika Brune, Joana Muach, and SRF sports editor Peter Schnyder cover the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics overall program on Radio SRF3 from their Zurich studio weekdays in the 5-10am time slot. Sports reporters Rachel Beroggi, Ueli Reist, and Christoph Sterchi report live from the sports events. Actually from 5am to the end of the competition day in Tokyo, Swiss listeners can experience all Swiss medals live with regular updates on Swiss sports highlights as well as reactions and backgrounds to daily all-around developments on Radio SRF3. Radio SRF1 grants hourly Olympic info and summaries from 5am. The SRF Sport app, social media, and website can help Swiss sports fans to customize their very own personal Olympic program anytime with 9 streams for round the clock individual access until the Olympics end and a live ticker showing TV programs from SRF, RTS, RSI with additional competitions with Swiss athletes involved get integrated in the program guide along with news, results overviews, reactions, assessments/analysis, and background info are fully serviced:


Supersport's sweeping Tokyo 2020 coverage will include 8 24-hour channels on DStv, with the traditional soccer and variety channels hosting multiple broadcast feeds direct from Tokyo, Japan and other parts of Japan, enabling the Olympics to feature on all DStv packages. Existing genre channels will also host Olympic programming. Additionally, the Grandstand channel, exclusively for Premium subscribers, will curate the best events, providing a broad view of 2021's biggest sports occasion.

DStv’s multi-platform offering will extend to live streaming (Showmax and DStv) and digital (website, app and social with news, video, medals tables, TV guide, curated notifications and much more) for the ultimate in Olympic viewing pleasure. Apart from the live coverage, there will be extensive highlights, reviews, previews, historical programming, athlete features and scene-setters with a particular focus on Africa’s participants. SuperSport Blitz, the popular sport news and highlights channel, will carry breaking news and results and be the place to visit for your Olympic snapshots. In South Africa, the 24-hour news and highlights channel will be available to Access and upwards (Family, Compact, Compact Plus, and Premium) package subscribers. Access and Family will be 2 and 4 channels for the rest of Africa instead of just 1 and 3 in SA, respectively. Compact (6 channels), Compact Plus (8 channels), and Premium (8 channels + Grandstand) channel access are to be the same across Africa. In addition, overflow Tokyo 2020 content will be available on the Action channel, which is also available to Compact Plus, while extensive coverage of the rugby Sevens, golf and tennis events feature on their genre-specific channels (available to Premium subscribers).

Supersport's 8 Olympic TV channel breakdown goes like this: SuperSport Football Plus becoming Olympic Channel 1, while SuperSport Premier League, La Liga, Football, Variety 1, Variety 2, Variety 3, and Variety 4 will become Olympic Channels 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 for the duration of the event, respectively. Supersport also will spread additional Olympic content on additional SS channels to ensure a more comprehensive experience. As for Supersport Maximo, there will be three Portuguese-language channels for its Tokyo 2020 coverage targeting Angola and Mozambique, if not including Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde --SS1 Maximo (opening and closing ceremonies, swimming, sailing, gymnastics), SS2 Maximo (soccer, basketball, boxing, handball), and SS Maximo 360 (opening and closing ceremonies, Angola and Mozambique-involved events, basketball, track & field/athletics, highlights). GOtv viewers spreads the Tokyo Olympic sports across 4 channels:  opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, swimming, basketball (GOtv Max – SS Football); boxing, judo, taekwondo, wrestling, weight lifting, karate (GOtv Max – SS LaLiga); football, basketball (GOtv Plus – Select 1); 24-hour Olympic news and highlights, plus football (GOtv Value – Select 2). The 24-hour Olympic news channel appears on Variety 4 in South Africa and on the Football channel in the rest of Africa. Gymnastics will be on SS Football in South Africa and the EPL channel in the rest of Africa. As for the Showmax streaming and maybe even more on its TV channels...


Bolstering this linear TV offering is what SuperSport is doing in the OTT space via the DStv app and website and the Showmax Pro platform. The DStv app and website will include four additional streaming channels featuring even more live Olympic content. The offering is available to Premium subscribers in both SA and ROA. Showmax will carry all these events making it an easy platform on which users can access what interests them.

While SuperSport will attempt to keep certain sports codes on certain channels, this isn’t always possible due to clashing start and end times. The intention is to include as much as possible but as a guide, athletics and swimming will be broadcast on the PSL channel in South Africa and Football Plus in the rest of Africa. These channels will also host the opening and closing ceremonies. Swimming, which doesn’t clash with athletics in the first week, will be on PSL and Football Plus, before moving to Premier League in South Africa and Variety 2A in the rest of Africa... 

Football followers can catch the bulk of Olympic football on the LaLiga channel in both South Africa and the rest of Africa. While the remaining sports are generally scheduled across channels, dependent on start and end times, this will be communicated and promoted to ensure viewers are aware of what is where. For example, hockey will move across different Olympic channels dependent on available space.


Supersport's centerpiece of its Tokyo 2020 "Watch Them Rise" promotional campaign is of course this commercial. Really nice. On M&C Saatchi Abel's YouTube channel on this, it says this is "In collaboration with Levergy, part of the global M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment network, and Giant Films, #WatchThemRise was created for SuperSport, the official broadcaster of the Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 throughout Africa, and captures a world overcoming COVID-19 while celebrating the boundless potential of the human spirit while celebrating the boundless potential of the human spirit." Since Supersport likes to present itself as Pan-African, it places a lot of emphasis on the (mostly) Commonwealth Sub-Saharan African athletes like from Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana--not just South African ones.

Makes me wonder on that note when there would be a comprehensive French-language pay-TV Sub-Saharan African TV/online/mobile Olympic coverage service in the manner and scale to Supersport. Canal+ Afrique did this not long ago but not quite up to Supersport's scale--no mobile tech as of yet then. TV5Monde Afrique is much too limited in terms of its TV hours and streaming right now, but it paid the satisfactory money to Insport Media. It's only one TV channel not multiple ones like Supersport. Given the direction worldwide when it comes to multichannel Olympic TV coverage broadcasting, a French African one should follow suit. 

Already on the new SABC Sport Channel it's showing the Countdown To Tokyo. Based on a South African TV guide I spotted online, the 30-minute program has apparently up to 24 episodes as of this writing. Presumably focusing on South African athletes if not including fellow African ones.

Whaddya know? Another darkly-lit cinematographic Tokyo 2020 TV promo to emphasize the limited light on the subject. This time from Ireland's RTE Sport. Ireland's sole male gymnast for Tokyo, Rhys McGlenaghan, does his pommel horse exercise as his voiceover explains both how he learned to conduct his gymnastics routine at a young age and, being televised, how encapsulating young people would be like the mesmerized girl seeing various montage of Olympic footage, some Irish, in front of a giant curved screen.   

Live Summer Olympics action begins on RTÉ2, RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Player from 1:30 am Irish time on July 23rd as the Irish rowers take to the water with the Olympics Opening Ceremony following from 11:30 am:

For Slovakia, RTVS is where it's at for Slovakians' access to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. The overwhelming bulk of the RTVS coverage will be on Dvojka (RTVS Channel 2)--and not on Trojka as previous was in past Olympics--practically on 24 hours a day except for breaking for the daily 10-minute SOSV Olympic Festival coming twice in the evening and afternoon. As for both ceremonies, those will be live on Jednotka at 12:20 (Czech/Slovak CET time) starting with OH Studio Tokio 2020--ceremony itself starts at 13:00 like with the opening on July 23. Re-airing goes to Dvojka at 20:10 before heading into the coverage at 1:50 starting with OH Studio Tokio 2020 and the Slovak-flavored Olympic sports after SOSV Olympic Festival, a movie, and RTVS News. No pre-Opening Ceremony soccer and softball scheduled on TV. More details will come.

RTVS Slovakia has a weekly radio/podcast series aptly titled Koniciva Tokyo last year largely dealing with Slovakia's Olympic history up to Rio De Janeiro and was likely produced in lieu of actual Tokyo action. Hasn't been updated for this year but hosted by Stano Scepan:


The moment from Hungary's M4 Sport where swimmer Ajna Késely and shooter István Péni led the live text July 1 reciting of the Athletes' Olympic Oath with their 2020 Hungarian and Paralympic Teammates seated behind them (and repeating clauses after Kesely and Peni) all donned in their Hungary Olympic Team apparel they'll wear in Tokyo at the swearing of the 2020 Hungarian Olympic Team with Krisztián Kulcsár, Chairman of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, Miklós Kásler, Minister of Human Resources, Pál Schmitt, Honorary Chairman of the Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB), Tünde Szabó, Secretary of State for Sport, László Szabó, Chairman of the Hungarian Paralympic Committee, and Gergely Karácsony, Mayor of Budapest, all also in attendance at the Hungarian Olympic Committee ceremony inside the National Dance Theater in Budapest. This oath reading is part of a 85-year tradition for the Hungarian Olympic Committee. 

The program of the short celebration, full of colorful programs, also included a drum performance reminiscent of the host Japan, a presentation of the formal uniform, and a music-dance production:


MTVA's previous Rio De Janeiro transmission, largely through M4 Sport and M1, was a huge national ratings winner for it with more than 80% watching at some point at least. So it obviously had significant leverage with its agreement with Discovery and had the domestic broadcasting rights agreed upon in this Olympic cycle. Discovery only changed the technical details that even MTVA colleagues' accommodation in Tokyo had to be managed through the rights holder. The Hungarian-involved events of next summer's games this time must turn to look primarily at M4 Sport. MTVA can and does broadcast from Tokyo on any number of its channels and surfaces in Hungary. The “escape route” of M4 Sport, which will broadcast live 18 hours a day, will be from the MTV Duna--in case two important events run at the same time. Previously in the past, the Hungarians viewing outside the border were bitterly biased by the so-called geoblock, but this time the agreement with Discovery assures this as well

"The contract allows the Hungarian-language Olympic broadcasts to be followed on a television and a radio channel in neighboring countries," said Dávid Székely, channel director of M4 Sport. "The former will be M4 Sport, but we have to agree with foreign service providers." M4 Sport can use the experience of the first “Eurosport” Olympics, the games held in Pyongyang last winter, just like the previous events in the Pacific (Seoul, Sydney or Beijing).

Due to the seven-hour time lag, the live broadcast with the daily Summer Olympics presentation usually starts at 1 o'clock at night, but due to the early start of the competition, it may slip forward to the end of the previous day. During mornings, a longer nightly summary will be prepared for those heading to work, and spectators must also be prepared for the fact that, for example, swimming finals will be held as early as possible under America's NBC pressure - in the United States during its prime time, for Hungary at dawn. All events will be shown on the online interface of M4 Sport with Hungarian commentary. The model used in Rio will prevail in the broadcasts, like the broadcast will be conducted from a Budapest studio with domestic editing.

"Compared to the previous Summer Olympics, there are slightly fewer colleagues, roughly fifty people working in Tokyo, but this should also include MTI or radio staff," Székely continued. M4 Sport is mainly represented by commentators and reporters, as of today eighteen. They will be, as in 2016, wherever Hungarian athletes fight for Olympic medals. ”


NOS freelance sports play-by-play guy Ragnar Niemeijer had no sports assignments last summer to the point he had t work a a sales assistant in the clothing store Steppin' Out in Amersfoot and "really enjoyed it". But he's happily back into sports commentary again being in Tokyo. He'll announce rowing, beach volleyball, golf with Anne Van Dam competing, and maybe some tennis and badminton if some Dutch athletes get successful on Nederland 1. Niemeijer will also conduct reports and interviews with coaches, trainers, and supervisors from The Netherlands. Would've liked to cover soccer like Oranje Lionesses. He adds NOS will around 50 people with no studio broadcasts from Tokyo and thus no need for presenters, directors, editors-in-chief, and lighting and sound technicians. Dione de Graaff is the only "face" that comes along for NOS:


Over on NPO Radio 2, Henry Schut visits Annemiekes A-Lunch with Annemieke Schollaart as Schut speaks to Schollaart on his massively busy Dutch sports summer media schedule on his docket totaling 420 hours with everything so close together, including of course Tokyo 2020. The top NOS sports reporter has these assignments and explains how he prepares for them:


Everything will start for TVN Chile with its broadcasting structure after Wednesday's Chilean women's soccer match versus Great Britain on Friday, July 23 at 07:00am Chile time when the opening ceremony takes place, extending until 10:30am. At that time in the morning, Good Morning to All will just be broadcast. At 6:45 p.m. that same day, TVN will resume broadcasting the games to show various Olympic sports disciplines until 8:30 p.m. After that, the Olympic Games will return at 10:30 p.m. and will continue until 3 a.m.

On the Monday-Friday business days, TVN will begin broadcasting the sporting event at 05:45 am. Only interrupting at 07.00am for the morning newscast 24 AM, which will run only until 07:15am, returning with the Olympic Games until 10:30 hours. Late in the afternoon (6:45 pm), TVN will continue with the competition until 8:30 pm, giving the pass to the TVN evening news. Once the second slot has started (11:45 p.m.), it will continue with the games until 1:45 a.m., delivering the pass to the Midnight nightly newscast.

Saturday and Sunday weekend days will be the strength of this coverage, since TVN will allocate a large part of its programming to cover different sports, starting from 08:00 to 13:00. But that's not all, because at 14:30 the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games return to the screen, extending the transmission until 20:30. After that, it will be the turn of the 24 Hours Central newscast until 10:30 p.m., when the sport will return to the state grid to close transmissions at around 3:00 a.m. Should point out that if Los Rojas women's soccer team game times and possible advancing could make that TVN Olympic TV schedule subject to change.  

By the way, TVN Chile's channel is Channel 7 and 7.1 on the terrestrial/digital side from Santiago with numerous channels on the cable TV side from multiple services like Movistar, VTV, DIRECTV, and Claro



Transcript to yesterday afternoon's NBC Olympics Tokyo 2020 media conference call with Ato Bolden, Rowdy Gaines, Nastia Liukin (all medalists), and NBC Olympic executive producer Molly Solomon at 4pm US/Canada/Mexico CT as they presented and previewed upcoming major narratives. Seeing the familiar American stars like Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky and potential new ones like Caeleb Dressel, Brody Malone, Sydney McLaughlin, and Gabby Thomas Among other big things are that Michael Phelps will join Gaines and Dan Hicks for the NBC Olympics swimming in a new capacity for the GOAT. Seems as though there will be an experimental artificial crowd sound pumped into the Tokyo venues but NBC will not inject its own except more in-venue audio. NBC sent Mary Carillo to Japan and Tokyo two and a half years ago to conduct some Japan features like an upcoming Japanese baseball one; Phoenix drone took care of the aerial Tokyo shots. Expect some cross nation watch parties here in the USA since the fams can't head to Japan: 


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Today's the day of the actual start of the Tokyo 2020 sports broadcasting all around the world! Everything starting with the women in softball appropriately starting with hosts Japan and Australia and then USA vs. Italy on primetime here in the Americas both on NBCSN entering into its last foray into Olympic broadcasting. Then it's more softball and the start of women's soccer group play coming Wednesday. Not all TV broadcasting rights holder are doing these sports at this stage but plenty definitely are.

Initially yesterday I was going to write about Kazakhstan possibly not being able to reach an agreement in bringing forth Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics broadcasting coverage in time for the Opening Ceremony through its national TV media following lengthy negotiations between Dentsu, the Japanese advertising agency currently holding the Olympic broadcasting rights through much of Asia, and Kazak TV broadcasters Kazakhstan and its sports channel KAZSport, and TV Khabar. This is because Dentsu as copyright holder has "set the price of the license to broadcast the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games at 123% more than in 2016 and 2018”. But a clarification came out on Vesti after the reported challenges at this stage saying that while it's still being ironed out and ongoing, Kazakhstan, KAZSport, and TV Khabar are still finalizing and proceeding with their Tokyo 2020 broadcasting plans like sending their reporters. If talks break down, it will obviously not look good. But it will pull through:  



NRK in Norway may no longer be broadcasting the Summer Olympic Games on television for Norwegians since London 2012--almost a decade!--but it can still provide ample Tokyo 2020 coverage everyday on the radio side of things. The radio schedule shown is mainly going to place lots of focus and emphasis on the Norwegian athletes in various sports and their Olympic medal contention as highlights like in team handball, swimming, track and field, rowing, soccer, beach volleyball, cycling, and shooting that will be shown on NRK Sports Radio. NRK Radio Sports fuller Tokyo 2020 programming is on the second link starting on July 23:



Radiosporten from Sverige Radio has already sported its Tokyo 2020 Olympic radio schedule that kicks off tomorrow on Wednesday with the Sweden-USA women's soccer match. Almost all on P4 with some other events heading to P3 when there's scheduling conflicts. Radiosporten's schedule largely emphasizes on the Sweden participation of course mostly going on 14-16-hour radio blocks daily. There's also a podcast version of the series From Tokyo to Tokyo, chronicling Sweden's Sommer Olympic history between those two now very different Summer Olympics within those nearly 60 years in that span. Sweden's 10s on the impact of Sweden in various different sports not limited to Summer Olympic sports and how things have changed. Another Radiosporten podcast series is This Is How Sports Stars Train focusing on how Swedish top athletes, well, train:





CNC3-TV in Trinidad and Tobago, through its parent company Guardian Media, holds the exclusive national broadcasting rights for Tokyo 2020 that were issued by IMC, owner of SportsMax. Those in the Caribbean island nation will cheer on T&T Olympians when they hit the Olympic venues in Tokyo, especially at the track and field stadium, and keep abreast with all the latest news and developments from the biggest sports events in the world on all media platforms, including free-to-air television, cable TV, internet, mobile, and radio (TBC) with the Caribbean's traditionally great Olympic performance. CNC3-TV's contract cements its status as the leading T&T free-to-air sports broadcaster with the 2020 Caribbean Premier League and the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia with its passion and commitment. In the accompanying photo to this article, you can see managing director Nicholas Sabga happily signing the formal exclusive broadcasting contract recently with IMC President CEO Oliver McIntosh looks on at GML Labs, St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain:


Channel 1's announcing it will broadcast the Opening Ceremony live and later replayed from Tokyo on July 23 at 14:00 Moscow time. Does not say who will cover it as announcers though:


Russia's Channel 1 (or Perviy Kanal) announced its "ambitiously" full Tokyo 2020 coverage plans a short time ago, likely yesterday. But some details were already made known. Channel 1 will conduct the live presentation of the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony at 14:00 Moscow time and repeated at 21:30. Its presentation and coverage will almost entirely center on the Russian--er, sorry, the Russian Olympic Committee athletes' participation since the flag, double-headed eagle, and anthem are forbidden right now due to doping--both live and recorded on key events. Around 24 cameras from Perviy Kanal will be used on them. Its news crews and the Olympic studio of Channel One are present in Tokyo to provide our viewers with the fastest and most exclusive access to everything that happens at the Games. The Olympics Dairy will be broadcasted daily in the evening to end the Channel One broadcast day. 

In the week of July 26, Channel One will expectedly show competitions with the participation of Russian athletes like Maria Lasitskene and Sergei Shubenkovin like competitions in artistic gymnastics (men, all-around), trampoline jumping (men), fencing (women - individual saber and command foil, men - individual foil), boxing, judo , shooting, diving, athletics, tennis, as well as matches with the participation of the Russian national team in team sports (men's volleyball, women's volleyball, water polo, rugby and handball, beach volleyball and 3x3 basketball).

In the week of August 2, Channel One will show the final competitions with the participation of Russian athletes in competitions in artistic gymnastics (individual apparatus), synchronized swimming (duets) and rhythmic gymnastics (individual all-around), wrestling, boxing, diving, athletics, tennis, cycling (track), as well as playoff matches with the participation of the Russian national team in team sports (men's volleyball, women's water polo and handball, beach volleyball).

Just take a look at the notable Russian Olympians themselves who will work for the Channel One team: Maria Lasitskene and Sergey Shubenkov (athletics), Anna Vyakhireva (handball), Gleb Bakshi (boxing), Yana Danilova (rugby), Angelina Melnikova, Nikita Nagornykh, Artur Dalaloyan and David Belyavsky (artistic gymnastics), Andrey Minakov (swimming), Elena Vesnina (tennis), Vyacheslav Krasilnikov (beach volleyball), Alexey Rubtsov (rock climbing), Alla Shishkina (synchronized swimming), Denis Dmitriev (cycling), Anna Timofeeva (water polo), Olympic champions Elena Isinbaeva and Margarita Mamun and others:


Perviy Kanal also announces multiple Russian national team athletes in Tokyo will record video blogs for the channel from the likes of athletes Maria Lasitskene and Sergey Shubenkov, handball player Anna Vyakhireva, gymnasts Nikita Nagorny, Artur Dalaloyan, David Belyavsky, and Angelina Melnikova, tennis player Elena Vesnina, swimmer Andrey Minakov among others collaborating with the Channel One. These video will also be shot by Olympic champions Yelena Isinbaeva and Margarita Mamun. Also launched a separate website with a video player - olympics.1tv.ru. There will be broadcasts, highlights and interviews of the tournament participants:


General overview of what the Russian TV overall coverage from Tokyo 2020 is going to be presented. As of this writing here, the broadcasters gearing up are of course, Channel 1, Match TV, and Rossiya 1. Those three will handle how they will distribute the Tokyo 2020 Olympic footage. As alluded to here with the directly above, Perviy Kanal will handle almost entirely the ROC team for at least 8 hours a day with the Opening Ceremony. Match! TV will broadcast its portion of the competition on the main channel Match! and will also distribute the broadcasts to thematic channels. Soccer on "Football 2", martial arts on the "Fighter" channel. Also, the Olympic Games-2020 will be shown by other channels of Match! TV's holding: "Game", "Arena" and "Country" all in SD quality. Russia 1's commitment right now seems to be just the Closing Ceremony with no sports broadcasting as of yet for them, either live or recorded, or even short reviews. Not a single one.

Free live broadcasts, recordings and reviews will be available on the updated Channel One application for smartphones and Smart TV and online. Thus allowing you to watch several live broadcasts on one screen. Match TV's official broadcasting sites will show all broadcasts online, except for soccer matches on Football 2. Broadcasts on "Russia 1" can be viewed through the "Look" service:


Russia's Channel 1/Perviy Kanal Tokyo 2020 promo showcasing all the unforgettable emotions and actions of the Olympics in various sports past and up to the present, both internationally and mixed with Russian/Soviet athletes. Beautiful: 

RTE Sports gears up to cover the largest Irish Olympic team at 116-strong ever with its biggest and most comprehensive coverage of Tokyo 2020 that was announced yesterday through RTE2, RTE Radio 1, RTE 2FM, RTE Online, RTE Player, and RTE News starting from 1:30am Irish time on July 23 as the Irish rowers take to the water with the Olympics Opening Ceremony following from 11:30am that both start the 270 hours of coverage on television alone.  RTE2 handles the TV side usually beginning early each morning with Jacqui Hurley and Clare McNamara taking us through the events of Tokyo 2020: Through The Night overnight program reporting live from Tokyo. From 9am, each day Peter Collins presents coverage from day's live-action during the Tokyo 2020: Daytime segment. From 7pm, Darragh Maloney will also then take over to present the key highlights following the day's live-action at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games each day. RTE Player does the RTE2 simulcast. Tokyo 2020 on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player will feature a stellar array of expertise on panels across all Olympic sports including athletics, swimming, boxing, rowing, badminton, rugby sevens and will report home the Irish story (see below). All despite dealing with the obvious logistics, RTÉ's Tokyo 2020 coverage, says its Director of Sport Declan McBennett, "always reflect the uniquely Irish story of the games and showcase the largest ever Irish Olympic team to compete. We wish them only the very best as they represent the nation with pride." Circle K is the exclusive bigtime sponsor for the presentation.

270 hours of coverage will be aired across TV alone (simulcast between RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player). Panelists and experts include Derval O’Rourke, Sonia O’Sullivan, Rob Heffernan and David Gillick (on location in Tokyo) in athletics, Andrew Bree, Gráinne Murphy, Barry Murphy and Earl McCarthy in swimming, Andy Lee, Kenneth Egan, and Eric Donovan in boxing as well as Gillian Pinder (hockey), Claire Lambe (rowing), Ciara Peelo (sailing), Brian Nugent (cycling), Chloe Magee (badminton), Louise Galvin (rugby sevens), Tim McCarthy (basketball) among a host of others. Also, RTÉ earns a coveted reported spot at the Olympic Games venue overlooking Tokyo's Rainbow Bridge instead of usually existing inside a nearby studio location.

RTÉ Radio 1 will have updates and reports throughout the day starting on Morning Ireland providing a comprehensive catch-up on all the events perhaps missed throughout the night as well as the live event action reporting in real-time from RTE’s very own dedicated radio studio in the Tokyo Olympic Broadcast Centre. This will continue to link to any medal events that happen throughout the day on Claire Byrne; the News At One; The Ray D'Arcy Show, and Drivetime. RTÉ 2FM Game On will wrap up the day’s news, reports, and action from the heart of the Games. At weekends, significant events will be broadcast live in the morning program schedule.

Both Saturday and Sunday Sport will have comprehensive coverage along with their usual GAA Championship action and all the other sport that won't be interfered. Television News Olympic Sport will be presented live from Tokyo each evening. With 24-hour a day up-to-the-minute coverage and action, the results and reactions from all the Irish athletes on each day will be published as it happens, while live blogs will keep you up to date on all the action from the Games through the night. With athlete profiles, exclusive video interviews and analysis from RTÉ’s team of pundits, as well as the breaking news from Japan, RTÉ.ie/sport and the RTÉ News app is the dedicated Tokyo 2020 Olympics website. The RTÉ Sport Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts will have exclusive content and video, including interviews with Irish athletes:


After the Australian Broadcasting Committee decided not to continue on with its Olympic Grandstand radio tradition in 2019 despite pleas from 7 and the AOC because of rising costs after many decades with a co-opting from Macquarie Radio exclusively for the Greater Sydney Area like 2GB AM for Beijing 2008, SEN sports radio network, through its parent company Crocmedia struck a deal last year with SevenWest Media to conduct the Australian Olympic radio Tokyo 2020 broadcasting rights. Won't have its own personnel covering them the events live in the SEN family of channels on the commercial AM dial like 1116 SEN and 1629 SEN SA, although Gerald Whateley will host, but imports Seven's personnel like Bruce McAvaney and Basil Zempilas. This will also be  supported by a dedicated Olympic channel on 1377 SEN+ and the SEN app:



Speaking of SportsMax, couldn't yet find any general information overview regarding its upcoming Tokyo 2020 coverage. But I can certainly tell you that it will be at least be on SportsMax and SportsMax 2 largely dominating the programming throughout the West Indies. There also have been multiple airings of Olympic-centric documentaries, shows, and previews like Olympic Stories (a Caribbean-centric version), Destination Tokyo, Tokyo Prime The Journey, Fashion Behind The Games, African Cycling Revolution, Five Rings Film, and Athletes Under Fire leading up to and during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. And it will start today with the live pre-Opening Ceremony Japan-Australia and USA-Italy softball matches at 7pm West Indies time and all the women's and men's soccer matches. 

RTVA in Andorra nestled inside the Pyrenees sandwiched between France and Spain has their own Olympic TV coverage on its TV channel. Right now based on the TV schedule--and we're safely assuming it will show all the participants from Andorra's small Olympic contingent in Tokyo--there's not much from it outside the Opening Ceremony. It won't be wall-to-wall like in a lot of nations' broadcasters, much less the pre-Opening Ceremony softball, soccer, rowing, and shooting. After the OC coming live at 12:55-16 Andorra time with a 22:25-1 reairing on July 23, there's absolutely nothing Olympic on TVA on July 24 but resumes July 25 with kayaking qualifiers 6:40-7:45 and 8:40-9:45 and then the CAIAC qualifiers at 21:45-23:45. Based on the RTVA website, coverage will be conducted in Catalan. So if you're Andorran and seek for greater abundance of daily Olympic action on TV, turn instead to France Television, TVE, and both Eurosport editions from France and Spain.  

For Uruguay, state channel TNU Canal 5 (National Television of Uruguay) and Tenfield both announced its exclusive Uruguayan Olympic TV programming plans for Tokyo 2020 with 13 hours of daily transmission under three programming spots of 8:30-12, 16-19 (as the best of the daily comp), and 20:30-1 with Tenfield going for 200 transmission hours overall distributed under 12 hours daily as both entities cover that a small team of 11 Uruguayan athletes bound for Tokyo. Almost all Uruguayans will get shown except for the normally internationally broadcast-ignored sailing events that Uruguay is involved with Pablo Defazio, Dominique Knuppel, and Dolores Moreira. There it will be done in summary fashion. Both TNU's and Tenfield's Tokyo 2020 coverage will be on VTV and VTV Plus cable signals, respectively:  


Two of Lithuania's well-known Tokyo Olympics-bound athletes, javelin thrower Edis Matusevičius and middle distance runner/Lithuanian record holder Eglė Balčiūnaitė, appeared on TV3 Lithuania's galvOK game show hosted by Andrius Žiurauskas that displayed a different and fun side to the former two:

Tried to see what SKY Pacific's Olympic TV plans will be after it was announced. When the 2020 Olympic broadcasting list showed for the Pacific islands, the TV is designated for TV WAAN. Visited yesterday for its TV guide but had no Olympic TV listings at that time.   

Confirmation that Michael Phelps will join Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines as a primetime swimming commentator in person in Tokyo behind the mic with them, offering insights as analyst and correspondent. Been 25 years since there's an Olympics without Michael Phelps:


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That multichannel SuperSport Tokyo 2020 extensive presentation announces its team of experienced South African athletes turned experts calling some of the action like Penny Heyns, Ryk Neethling, Lyndon Ferns, and Marianne Kriel (swimming), Elana Meyer, Khotso Mokoena, and Hezekiel Sepeng (athletics), Pietie Norval (tennis) and Ramon Di Clemente (rowing), who have all stood on the Olympic podium as medalists post-1992. Heyns actually has some prior Supersport experience as a presenter back in Athens in 2004. Supersport's Olympic presenters will be Carol Tshabalala, Julia Stuart, Crystal Arnold, Leigh-Ann Paulick, James Wokabi and Chisom Ezeoke. Reiterates what SuperSport's Olympic Grandstand is going to be focusing on the most important events on the go, but also cross-promote other events to assist viewers navigate the Olympics. And should Grandstand switch from one venue to the other, it will advise where viewers can continue to watch the original event.


RTS Serbia readies itself for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics by sending 29-member delegation people to Tokyo--journalists, cameramen, and technicians/producers. Zoran Markovic, its sports editor, will stay in Belgrade, however. RTS Serbia will transmit over 300 hours of live coverage from Tokyo. Basketball will be on RTS 2 everyday on the regular and 3x3 formats as the main draw despite the men not qualifying out of the OQTs as defending Olympic silver medalists from Rio De Janiero. But volleyball, soccer, swimming, track and field, team handball, water polo, and tennis with Novak Djokovic intensely follow as he hunts for the Golden Slam:


In Macau, China's Portuguese outpost that should have its own NOC and team, China Media Group signed an agreement yesterday that allows for media training collabs with local unis. The China Media Group sent around 800 people to form the reporting team that will cover the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, coordinating all formalities for CCTV1, CCTV2, CCTV5, CCTV5+, CCTV4K and other television channels such as Voice of China, as well as new media from China Media Group Mobile, CCTV News and CCTV Sports, platforms to report on the Olympic Games. So we know exactly which CCTV channels will be involved. Definitely the CCTV5 ones. TDM meanwhile additionally signed an Olympic Games broadcast rights cooperation agreement, under which China Media Group, through its copyright, authorized TDM to broadcast these Olympics free of charge on the Macau SAR, without exclusive rights, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games:


CCTV5 meanwhile is airing some of the best Chinese moments from the Rio De Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics and some track and field under the Olympic Classics banner while also looking ahead to Beijing 2022. Then there's programming like Outing: The Weight of Trust of the Chinese Weightlifting Team program. Expedition: The New Force of the Chinese Swim Team, Who Fight The Front: The Chinese Women's 3x3 Basketball Team, Above The Peak: The Chinese Women's Volleyball Team, Zhang Liang: Dreams Don't End, Starting Again: Chinese Badminton Team, Growth Chinese Women's Table Tennis Team, Bi Kun and Lu Yunxiu sailing documentary, Wei mENG: tHE dREAM cONTINUES, swimmer Xin Xin doc, Chinese karate team, the National table tennis tournament. CCTV will show men's and women's pre-Opening Ceremony soccer group games and rowing prelims. It will do an Opening Ceremony pre-show and a post-show one.


(too bad the likes of team handball, baseball, archery, boxing, and fencing won't have them for streaming)

And newer 7+ Olympic digital viewing features emerge for this like live EPG integration, freeze frame, watchlist, autoplay, and continue watching:


ABC also in Australia has a documentary on top Australian skateboarder Poppy Starr Olsen on August 1 on ABC TV Plus ahead of her Olympic debut. Aptly titled Tall Poppy: A Skater's Story:


Some brand new and innovative visual Olympic broadcasting technology ready to be used in Tokyo. Some of this is out of necessity because of the pandemic, you know.


TVCG 2 premiered on Sunday, July 18 at 6 pm Montenegro time the first weekend of the summer series "More than summer and to the joy of the game - Volcano flame" continues with a show at 6 pm on the Second Program of TVCG. In today's entertainment-Olympic magazine, the celebrated soccer player Ljubomir Radanović, the first captain of our handball national team Goran Đukanović, the opera singer Petra Radulović are live studio guests, while the musical guests are the band AkademiA. Actress Katarina Kaja Žutić and journalist and writer Vesna Dedić will join the show live from Budva.  The magazine show talks via Skype with the frontman of the group Hladno pivo. Mile Kekin joins "More than Summer".

For this summer program, they also talked to the singer-songwriter Goran Karan and the legendary Željko Bebek. Even today, we represent our Olympians and reward you. Inclusion phone number 020 / 224-708 or Instagram profile More than summer. Editors and hosts of the show are Tijana Mišković and Vlado Jovićević. Rerun of the show came at 11.15 pm on the First Program of TVCG:


TVCG 2 is where Montenegrans can watch the Tokyo 2020 action. It all starts apparently with Wednesday's telecasts of USA-Sweden and The Netherlands taking on Zambia in women's soccer live at 10:20-15:20 with repeats later in the day, according to RTCG's website. Spain-Egypt and Brazil-Germany in men's soccer comes the next day. Will show the Opening Ceremony live (13:00) and repeat (23:15) and would be followed by men's team handball Norway and Brazil at 1:50 and then some table tennis. Expect basketball, team handball, volleyball, water polo, tennis, soccer, swimming, and track and field. 

It isn't just Toyota (more on Toyota next time) that's not going to be doing any domestic TV advertisements during the Tokyo Olympics. Bridgestone Tires also announces it will pull out its TV commercials. NTT still will along with Nomura Holdings Inc., Mizuho Financial Group Inc. plan to continue airing ads, and Eneos Holdings Inc.:


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BHT1 presents the 7-person Tokyo 2020 Bosnia-Herzegovina Olympic Team in Sarajevo on BHT1 at the BiH Olympic Committee headquaters--athlete Amel Tuka, judoka Larisa Cerić, bowler Mesud Pezer, swimmer Lana Pudar, taekwondoist Nedžad Husić, shooter Tatjana Đekanović and swimmer Emir Muratović:

Aldea set to deliver to Tokyo 2020 to numerous broadcasters around the world like France, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia. Concerns over latency was prominent with the distance from Japan this time.  Aldea will transmit live coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for these broadcasters from the International Broadcast Center (IBC) in Tokyo back to their respective home studio facilities thanks to an experienced group of engineers and a dedicated Montreal-based operational team. 


Gradually getting details online on Telemundo/NBC Universo (MUN2)'s schedule. Things didn't start with the softball on Tuesday North America time, despite Mexico vs. Canada and USA vs. Italy. But naturally with women's soccer: Great Britain vs. Chile, Sweden vs. USA, and Canada vs. Japan.  

Taiwan's ELTA presenting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic coverage, which we'll get to next week, has at least six channels involved: Sports 1, 2, 3  (the usual ones) and Olympic Games 1-3. Certainly on the schedule, ELTA profiles the Taiwanese athletes set to compete with their competition times.  

NBCUniversal launches its Tokyo 2020 coverage streaming hub on Roku devices for easy access in building an enticing Olympic experience:


YouTube TV details its NBC Olympics Tokyo 2020 coverage watching experience with DVR and a 4K add-on:


An overview of the TVNZ 1's and SKY Sport NZ's planned Tokyo 2020 coverage. Stephen McIvor, Goran Paladin and Laura McGoldrick will feature all the high-profile events from the Olympic Games on SKY Sports Gold Channel (SS3/SS53), where the Friday's Opening Ceremony will begin at 10:50pm NZ time. Also contains when NZ Olympians will be competing in what Kiwi viewers to watch for:


Renate Gomez presents what's on the Olympic agenda for July 21 "in your hands" for Marca Claro and Claro Sports

4K Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics viewing will also be available on FuboTV too:


No spectators in the venues isn't an issue for NHK as it encourages and challenges Japanese online public viewers for its cheering support:


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1 hour ago, danderson4500 said:

I've always wondered, is it common to have one of the Today anchors join Costas or Tirico for the opening ceremony? Because i remember Peter Jennings(who was ABCs main news guy) joining Jim McKay on ABC's coverage in the 80s.

Yes.  Katie Couric and Matt Lauer both hosted ceremonies during their time with NBC.  It's extremely common.

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4 hours ago, danderson4500 said:

I've always wondered, is it common to have one of the Today anchors join Costas or Tirico for the opening ceremony? Because i remember Peter Jennings(who was ABCs main news guy) joining Jim McKay on ABC's coverage in the 80s.

Definitely in this case again with Savannah Guthrie this time joining Mike Tirico for the Opening Ceremony. Been a tradition of sorts with NBC well since acquiring the Games with the likes of Katie Couric (as previously mentioned), Bryant Gumbel, Meredith Viera, the since-disgraced Matt Lauer, and Hoda Kotb over the past two decades being the American TV presenters in it. Tom Brokaw, if you want to go even further with him as a NBC TODAY alum, has done some features during the Opening Ceremony like with Vancouver on Canada's close relationship with the US. Extremely common from the show, as Quaker says.

Gotta get to Canada's Tokyo 2020 massive and comprehensive coverage with the CBC/TSN/Rogers Sportsnet/SRC/RDS on its multiple platforms live and recorded that started late Tuesday/early Wednesday morning with Canada softball stepping up to the plate taking taking on Mexico at 1am Canada/USA/Mexico CT and then Canada's women's soccer team draw with Japan in their head-to-head against them at 5:30am (both live). More detailed stuff will arrive later but here comes the general overview. Canadian residents can watch live broadcasts from every venue and every Canadian medal-winning moment, totalling more than 37775 combined hours of live content across Canada's public broadcaster's multiple platforms on the English side and is live across the nation regardless of the time zone. In addition, broadcast partners TSN (in at least 3 of the 5 of its 5 channels) and Rogers Sportsnet will once again provide live event coverage, giving audiences multiple options as to what to watch every day during the Olympics. CBC's live coverage of the Opening Ceremony comes live at 5:30am Canada/USA/Mexico time from the Tokyo Olympic Stadium co-hosted CBC Olympic Games Primetime's host Scott Russell and The National's Adrianne Arsenault, who will bring additional perspective on-site--the OC itself actually starts at 6am CT guiding Canadians through the OC with Team Canada's entrance during the Parade of Nations lead by two flag-bearers in a show that of being gender-balanced and equal. Before that at 5:30am, the festivities kick off at 5:30am (3:30am PT) with the pre-Opening Ceremony show, hosted by Olympic Games Morning's Andi Petrillo, building anticipation for what's to come. They will be joined in-studio by special contributor and author, Mark Sakamoto, who will bring his own unique insights to the show. Encore comes at 6pm that Friday night.

Before the opening and closing ceremonies will be presented in an accessible manner with closed captioning, described video, and ASL integrations. CBC's Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony presentation will also be offered in eight Indigenous languages included Eastern Cree, Dehcho, Dene, Denesuline Yalti, Gwich'in, Inuktitut, Inuvialuktun, Sahtu Dene, and Tlicho. Canadians won't miss a moment of the excitement from the Olympic Stadium, with live coverage on CBC, CBC News Network, TSN, and Sportsnet. Live streaming of the Opening Ceremony will also be available via the free CBC Gem streaming service, CBC's dedicated Tokyo website, and the CBC Olympics app for iOS and Android devices. All CBC Olympics Games programming segments will both be seen on CBC-TV and on CBC Gem:           


Olympic Games Primetime hosted by Russell comes at 6-11 CT. Having covered 14 Olympic Games for the CBC, five as a host, veteran broadcaster Scott Russell brings his vast experience, passion, and knowledge to the Olympic Games Primetime block. This nightly staple will focus on medal moments across key sports, including swimming, athletics/track and field, marathons, rowing, canoe/kayak, golf, and team sports round robin play.

Olympic Games Overnight is co-hosted by decorated male diver, 2x Olympic Games silver medalist, and 3x World Champion diver Alexandre Despatie and popular CBC News Network anchor Heather Hiscox at 11pm-5am also on CBC-TV and CBC Gem. Hiscox makes her debut as CBC Olympic Games co-host, after contributing to the past eight Olympic Games on CBC as a reporter and host for the CBC News team. She'll certainly be keeping audiences up all night with her energetic personality and unique perspective, alonside Despatie making his fourth appearance as CBC Olympic Games co-host. This late night show will focus on diving, tennis, gymnastics, trampoline, cycling, soccer, and team sports round robin play. 

On the TSN Tokyo 2020 TV schedule online, TSN 1-5 will head to the Tokyo 2020 coverage that Friday at 5:30 up to 11am with TSN5 meanwhile going to the Opening Ceremony encore at 6-9:45pm. TSN1 and TSN4 carries on additional with an additional live Tokyo 2020 segment at 9:30pm after TSN1-4 all start theirs at 6-6:30pm that ends at 9am Saturday morning. On Saturday and Sunday, TSN2 goes at 6:55-11:30pm and extending onto 9am. TSN3 starts at the same 6:55pm time but ends at 10:15am. TSN4 comes in on Sunday for the 2-5pm Tkyo 2020 Daytime Encore and resumes for the 6:25pm-2:30am segment. TSN5 has a 10pm-9am Sunday-Monday segment. None of the TSN segments as yet mention what sports will be covered.

As for Rogers Sportsnet, Sportsnet and SN1 will also present the CBC simulcast of the Opening Ceremony at 5:30am. Then later it's that Tokyo 2020segment at 9pm with cycling, weightlifting, and beach volleyball on SN1 with another one arriving at 11pm shared by both SN1 and Rogers Sportnet (following the 2021 NHL Draft Round 1) with those same three sports plus water polo up to 5am. Then starting at 5am  Saturday both Sportsnet and SN1 sports tennis, water polo, soccer, volleyball, and beach volleyball towards 10am the next morning with both later coming back that day at 6pm with beach volleyball, softball, tennis, and shooting and at 10pm with basketball, weightlifting, tennis, cycling, and judo.

That's for now for English Canada here; I'll jot down the additional ones very soon.

Just like with the Canadian English CBC-led Tokyo 2020 broadcasting details, the following is just a primer regarding the French side with SRC/RDS/RDS2/RDS INFO. RDS's online Tokyo ad on its website has two Quebec athletes in diver Meaghan Benfeito and judoka Antoine Valois-Fortier prominent together in that with the slogan Plus Fort Que Tout (Stronger Than Anything) for its coverage. 57 athletes in the 371-person Canadian team are from Quebec and there's some serious medal contention out of them. As usual, the RDS channels will focus on the Quebec portion with some sports pertinent and appealing to the Quebecois market. It already airs constantly the 2020 Canadian Olympic Diving Trials, documentary profiles on speed skater Gaetan Boucher, Usain Bolt, and athletes' sponsor Bernard Trottier. RDS2 opens the French cable coverage on Friday 6-9pm then RDS INFO takes over 9pm-10am. Starting Saturday it's RDS INFO on 7pm in the evening to 9am into the morning. Monday's it's 9-11am and then 7pm-9am again on RDS INFO and 5pm-9am on RDS. Almost like what some Latin American nations has in their Olympic brodcasting.. Maybe I got the times mixed up here and will correct things.

TeleLatino Canada manages again to acquire a sublicense from the CBC over the Canadian Tokyo 2020 broadcasting right several years ago. It's covering just over 100 hours of entirely nothing but select daily Olympic men's and women's soccer games from July21-August8 in both Spanish and Italian--plans were to have some Portuguese included but be done possibly because of not getting a qualified Portuguese-speaking Canadian soccer broadcaster in time. Over two channels--TeleLatino and Univision Canada (but almost entirely on TeleLatino with just 4 games on Univision Canada). Camilla Gonzalez and Nelson Perez (play-by-play) will handle the Spanish side with Antonio Giorgi deals with the Italian play-by-play. Univision Canada has the daily Spanish highlights show M-F at 2 & 6pm Canada/USA/Mexico CT and Saturdays and Sunday at 6pm with TeleLatino having it on those weekend days earlier at 4pm. The Italian language version comes on solely at TeleLatino everyday at 5pm. The accompanying TLN promo linked here is a bit misleading with the various (and mostly Canadian) Olympic sports footage shown from Rio De Janeiro along with the Olympic soccer Antonio Giorgi with Camilla Gonzalez mention that will only be there. Maybe in the future, TLN can deal with other Summer Olympic sports on TV:


Danmark Radio's Tokyo 2020 Sendeplan for DR1, DR2, and DRTV. Remember it's only broadcasting roughly half the sports in the Olympic sports program with things like Denmark handball games and the gold medal game and Denmark badminton, archery, boxing, and weightlifting exempt this time:


Days ago, Wikipedia's 2020 Summer Olympics braodcasters list had Vietname with VTV, Ho Chi Minh City TV, and the Vietnam Multimedia Corporation. That was since removed since there was no confirmation on the broadcasting right. Well, it's solely VTV that will provide the Tokyo 2020 coverage that will be a gift to the Vietnamese audience nationwide. Using from 13 live broadcast OBS signals, VTV plans to use its channels VTV3, VTV5, VTV6, and VTV9 with a wide variety of sport offered live with not just Team Vietnam sports many Vietnamese love "like soccer, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, and other Olympic sports like track & field/athletics, swimming, gymnastics, and shooting. VTV3 will just handle Olympic news, journals, and magazine shows. Accordingly, we have many options to choose to convey the most content and many sports to the audience. Thus, the audience nationwide will have many options to follow." Journalist Phan Ngoc Tien, VTV's Sports Department Head, adds there will be reports on other and some newer Olympic sports it'll touch upon like golf, skateboarding, surfing, and equestrian with also an overall team of experienced experts, reporters, and editors. Had Road To Olympia, Olympic Moment, and Olympia Diary. All started with Great Britain-Chile women's soccer, New Zealand-South Korea, Japan-South Africa, Mexico-France men's soccer--no softball.

In this Tokyo 2020 Olympics edition, the VTV Sports Program Production Department produces the program "Olympic Moments" with the duration of 5 minutes, broadcast at 9:30pm (Monday to Friday Vietnam time) and 9:10pm (Saturdays and Sunday) from 14:00 July 7-August 9 on VTV3. Along with that is the 10-minute "Tokyo 2020 Olympic Diary" news (from Monday to Friday) and 15-minutes (Saturdays and Sundays) broadcast live at 5:55pm from July 21-August 9 on VTV3 and replayed VTV9.

A brand new program for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on VTV is "Close-Up of the Olympic Games 2020" with a duration of 30 minutes broadcast at 23:30 July 23-August 9 also on VTV3 and also replayed VTV9. These would be included as Vietnam Television channels' news also continuously update info about the Tokyo 2020 Olympics goings-on the activities of the Vietnam Sports Delegation such as Sports Beat, VTV Sports News, 360 Degrees of Sports, etc. to convey with the Vietnamese TV audience as it hopes to be the most special and memorable Olympics in history (will be that in some ways--me):   


TyC Sports Argentina worked on its Tokyo 2020 TV schedule that got released yesterday with Gonzalo Bonadeo previewing the women's soccer and softball matches at 18:30-19:10 and again at 5-6 Argentina time. Then another preview show at 3pm leading up to the 5pm Argentina-Australia and Brazil-Germany men's soccer followed by the Argentina postgame analysis. At 18-19:30 Bonadeo previews the pre-Opening Ceremony archery and rowing heats. Early Friday morning at 5am, TyC Sports previews the Opening Ceremony live that itself comes at 6am that seemingly kicks off the all-day TyC Sports pro-Argentina coverage, reviews and analysis (like with the post-OC) and then the live competition until 6am Saturday.

This is how TV Publica Canal 7 Argentina will handle its Tokyo 2020 coverage on Argentina's FTA TV. Yes, it will be pro-Argentina too with that large contingent. Starting with that early Thursday July 22 at 7:30am Under 23 men's soccer team: Argentina vs. Australia Group C game. Friday at 8am sees for the first time in Olympic Games history a male-female co-flag bearer tandem for Argentina at the Opening Ceremony with Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza (gold medal in Rio 2016). Later that Friday night from 8pm, TV Publica Canal 7 Argentina's agenda  and broadcasting opens with all the activities for Argentina's athletes until the next day at 11 in the morning. Saturdays and Sundays go from 6-11 and from 20:30-6 the next day. Mondays to Fridays feature live 6-11am transmissions, then 1:30-2:30pm, "Olympic Argentina" summary of the Olympic Games special program, then resuming live broadcasting at 9pm-6am. Sunday, August 8 see at 8am the Closing Ceremony from Tokyo Olympic Stadium:

TV Publica also presents Olympic Argentina (Olimpica Argentina), a program to preview " the beginnings of the competition within the international Olympic competition that will take place from July 23 to August 8. It is lead by Gustavo Kuffner and Miguel Osovi, the special participation of Magdelena Aicega and Sofia Martinez and the testimonies of the protagonists and former athletes who represent as Argentine members


With Argentinian Olympic broadcasting newcomer DeporTV, a sister to TV Publica, its Tokyo programming will not have much of any Olympic competition but will have only 1 block of 5 hours of live broadcasts (along with TV Publica Canal 7), but additionally daily programs: from Monday to Friday there will be two daily Olympic preview of the day (19 to 20) and another post-day newscast on the best Olympic daily moments (13:30 to 14:30) On Olympic weekends, DeporTV's hours will come from 13-14 and from 19-20, respectively. The anchor conduction in charge will be the Gabriela Previta/Ramiro Pantorotto tandem with Gabi in the earlier one and Ramiro in the evening. Both will be accompanied by a team of specialists in each sport. All under the hashtag #NosUneLaCamiseta:


Stefan Hoffman and Thomas Stadler will co-host the Swiss-German language presentation of the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony on SRF2.

More details about BNT Bulgaria's coverage will come next week--it's on BNT 1 and BNT 3 this time for 250 hours. But Tereza Mutafchieva will host the Olympic news show "Tokyo Line 2020", which starts every weekday at 12:30, immediately after the lunch show "Around the world and in our country" with interviews and reports with the BNT journalist envoys in Tokyo:


Seems as though when checking Albania's RTSH, you would assume it would, with its relatively new channel RTSH Sport, it'll take care much of the Tokyo 2020 coverage. Not the case. At least for the first official days, it's RTSH 1 showing the Opening Ceremony live at 13-16:55 Albania time but with RTSH Sport doing a live simulcast. July 23-24 is where RTSH 2 does the sports with things starting 1:30 with beach volleyball, badminton, handball, taekwondo, tennis, cycling, and judo. Will look for more later.

Belarus 1 has a Belarussian Olympic TV show called Tokyo Express. Still awaiting a TV schedule from Belteleradio. 

SABC confirmed on Twitter that SABC1 starts the South African-focused and its first Olympic TV event was South Africa taking on Japan in men's soccer today at 1pm:


Honduras VTV-9 started its coverage at 6:30 this morning onto 9am live thanks to the Honduras men's soccer team playing in some Olympic soccer. VTV's website got updated now after I visited earlier this week. Coverage from Tokyo seems to come non-stop live from 1-9am. I'll check when it's subject to change.

With 1TV Public Television Company of Armenia, although it doesn't say so right now on its TV guide, but it strongly hints that the First Channel will show the Olympics with the Opening Ceremony live at 15-19 Armenia Friday. Saturday would possibly see some Olympic action showcasing the Armenians of course from 8:25am-12:25pm, 1:20-5pm (13:20-17), 5:25-6:30pm (17:25-18:30), 4-5:15. Sunday could be 7:25-11, 11:25-14:20, 15-18, 1:30-4, and 15-17:55 on Monday. Those TV time slots right now on the 1TV ARM schedule are listed as General.

Nearby with the First Channel of Georgia, it already kicked things off with the USA-Sweden women's soccer group game at 12:30-14:40 Georgia time Wednesday. Thursday it'll be the Brazil-Germany men's soccer at 15:30-17:40. After the live Opening Ceremony presentation at 15-18:35 on 1TV Georgia Friday afternoon, Tokyo 2020 follows a programming timeslotting of 6-7, 10-12, 12:25-14:30, and 14:55-18, although we don't exactly know the sports details inside the slot, for we can safely assume Georgian athletes will be featured. Not ongoing and breaking for the EURO 2020 Timeout show and for news this weekend.        

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