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NBCUniversal to telecast Tokyo Olympics across eight networks

Tokyo Olympics will begin on 20 June

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Mumbai: NBCUniversal will telecast 7,000 hours of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics across eight digital networks and multiple digital platforms. The telecast will begin on 20 June and will run through 8 August. 

It should be noted that NBCUniversal is telecasting the Olympic games for the 11th consecutive time. NBC's first Olympics production began in 1964 in Tokyo. The network is planning to telecast 250 hours of Olympic games across 17 days headlined by its primetime coverage. 

A total of 1,300 hours of the Tokyo Olympics will be telecasted live on USA Network, CNBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel, and Golf Channel, Telemundo Deportes and Universo have at least 309 hours content for Spanish viewers. NBCSN (440 hours) and USA Network (388.5 hours) will present the round-the-clock live coverage beginning on 24 July. 

The NBCSN coverage will primarily focus on soccer, softball, beach volleyball, table tennis, handball, badminton, fencing, and equestrian, while USA Network will telecast basketball, soccer and water polo as well as swimming, track & field, diving, beach volleyball, volleyball, cycling, and triathlon. 

Diving, beach volleyball, skateboarding, rowing, canoeing, archery, water polo, and rugby will be telecasted on CNBC (124.5 hours). Golf Channel (111 hours) will cover men's and women's tournaments, while the Olympic Channel (242 hours) will focus on tennis and wrestling events. 

NBC had earlier announced this year that the network will telecast the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on 23 June at 6.55 AM EDT. The time zone in Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone, and as a result, most of the Olympic matches will be telecasted in the US primetime.

NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will telecast 5,500 hours of coverage digitally. The show lineup for NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming service is yet to be finalized. 

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