The Olympics show is on, and after an extra year of waiting forced by the pandemic, the athletes are at the starting line: how to follow Tokyo 2020
Appointment for today, July 23, 2021 at 1 pm: the Tokyo 2021 Olympics begin, postponed last year due to the pandemic that brought the world to a standstill. With twelve months of delay, therefore, we can finally see the Olympic Games again, starting with the characteristic opening ceremony. There are hundreds of competitions, so it's worth understanding how and where to follow them in order not to miss a single medal.
Having a clear picture of the possibilities offered to those who, inevitably, will not be able to be in the Japanese capital is fundamental in order not to miss a single competition of Tokyo 2020, where a total of 11,500 athletes from all over the world will arrive for 50 disciplines. There will be 384 Italians competing for medals against athletes from 36 disciplines, with a slight prevalence of men (just over 51%). In short, we are about to enter the heart of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but what are the options available to sports fans who will not be able to attend the games? What does the Italian television scene offer, free or paid?
Where to see Tokyo 2020: Discovery+
The most convenient and complete option for Italians who don't want to miss a single second of the Olympic Games that will end on August 8 is Discovery+, which offers streaming of over 3.
The Discovery+ offer for Tokyo 2020 includes a subscription from 7.99 euros per month with the possibility of using the device you prefer: there is the app for smartphones and tablets iOS and Android, as well as you can access via PC, TV and dongles such as Amazon Fire TV Stick or Google Chromecast.
The alternative, which is more affordable when compared to the monthly cost, is an annual subscription: for just €29.99 you can watch not only the Tokyo Olympics but also Discovery+ programming for an entire year.
Subscribe to Discovery+ to watch Tokyo 2020 Olympics live
Where to watch Tokyo 2020: Dazn
Another option available in streaming is represented by the two Eurosport channels that are no longer broadcast by Sky, but by Dazn. Speaking of costs, Dazn until July 28 allows subscribing to particularly advantageous conditions to "celebrate" the complete broadcasting of Serie A TIM 2021-2022.
The platform allows subscribing for 19.99 euros per month for 12 months, but the first two months (July and August) are free. So you can get comfortable watching Tokyo 2020 on Eurosport for free, and then in August get seduced by the Italian soccer championship, as well as MotoGP and all the other sports broadcast on the streaming platform.
Where to watch Tokyo 2020: Rai (bonus)
Finally, there is the option - free of charge, needless to say - of Rai, which we mention for completeness since the transmission will not be in streaming but through "traditional" ways, therefore on Rai 2 and Rai Sport on digital terrestrial.
The Italian public broadcaster has opted for a package of 200 hours to be broadcast free to air, even with the right to decide what to broadcast from time to time.