While we’re anxiously waiting to see if the Olympics can still go off as over 70 people accredited for the Tokyo Games have tested positive for COVID-19, we’re looking forward to watching some of the world’s best athletes compete. So how can you watch all the action here in Canada?
While the time difference between Canada and Tokyo may pose a challenge to some fans (hello early mornings and late nights!), finding a way to watch the Games won’t be a problem, and there are several ways Canadians can keep up with all the action.
CBC holds the rights to the Olympics in Canada until 2024, so like in past years, most major events will be available on their T.V. and radio programs, for those who have cable. If you don’t, have no fear — you can find a free stream of all the events CBC Gem, CBC.ca and the CBC Olympics app. CBC Gem is a great option for those looking to cast the stream to an external device, as it’s compatible with Apple TV, Fire TV, Google Chromecast and Roku TV.
Additionally, CBC has partnered with Amazon Prime this year, so anyone with a Prime TV subscription will also be able to catch all the action through the Prime Video app and online streaming. You can find CBC’s TV schedule here, but for more in-depth coverage, check out the streaming schedule here.
CBC’s Olympic coverage will also include the opening and closing ceremonies, which will be broadcast in English and French, as well as eight Indigenous languages. They will also be presented with closed captioning, described video and ASL integrations.
For Canadians who already have access to TSN and Sportsnet, you will be able to watch live coverage of select events on their network channels. If you wish to purchase a temporary subscription to TSN Direct, a one-day package costs $7.99 and a one-month package is $19.99.
The men’s individual triathlon event takes place on July 26, while the women’s individual race takes place on July 27. With the time difference we’ll get to watch the races the evening before – the individual events will go at 5:30 pm EST, while the Mixed Relay will go at 6:30 pm EST.