No matter where you are in the world, your number one priority at the moment is likely figuring out how on earth to pin down some reliable coverage of the equestrian sports in Tokyo, rather than just highlights reels or a total channel-wide focus on cycling instead (we’re looking at you, BBC). Fortunately for us all, there are a number of on-demand streaming services that are providing full coverage to your sport of choice – so here’s how to tune in from around the world. (Oh, and no matter where you are, we recommend visiting The Olympic Channel to get the lowdown on some of the Games’ great sporting stories!)
Australia: 7plus has free live streaming and on-demand catch-up options in case you miss anything exciting.
USA: You can stream or rewatch all the Tokyo content your heart desires via the NBC website or app – but only if you have a cable provider login. If you don’t, you can download Peacock Premium ($4.99/month, with a seven day free trial) to access replays and highlights for every sport, and live coverage of several sports (unfortunately not including equestrian). Fubo TV also offers a paid streaming service with a free trial period. You can also sign up to access NBC channels via Sling or YouTube TV, which are easy to use on your smart TV, Roku, or FireStick, but they’ll cost you a bit more – Sling is currently discounted to $10, while YouTube TV is on offer for $54.99/month, with a free trial period, but it does come with lots of cool features.
Canada: The best option is CBC, which has a pretty comprehensive roster of free coverage. Or, you can watch via SportsNet or TSN, both of which have options available for cable subscribers or streamers at $19.99/month each.
U.K. and Ireland: DiscoveryPlus is your best bet for on-demand and live coverage of all the sports, for the low price of £4.99 per month. You can also make use of a three-day free trial. The BBC’s red button service and iPlayer will have some coverage, but they’re limited in what they can show this year. Eurosport is another good option at a comparable price point to DiscoveryPlus.
Europe: It’s Eurosport again, with that cheap and cheerful streaming package.
Want to access coverage from another country? Consider using a VPN, which effectively changes your country for browsing purposes. We’ve used ExpressVPN successfully – it comes with a free trial and you can also download it as an app, which makes it considerably more user-friendly if you’re not particularly techy.
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