Your guide to streaming the Tokyo Games

July 23rd, 2021 - Get new posts sent straight to your inbox, click here. Heidi Kraak

Aussies across the nation will be donning the green and gold to watch the Tokyo Games opening ceremony tonight. Anticipation is at an all time high after the much-loved international sporting event was postponed due to Covid19 last year. Plus, with much of the country in lockdown, it’s a welcome distraction.

From the ever-popular swimming and track events to the daring pole vault and diving, the games truly has something for everyone. While there will be no crowds cheering the athletes on at Tokyo, here’s everything you need to know to stream your favourite events from the comfort of your own home.

When is the Tokyo Games?

Typically held every four years, the lauded international sporting event will officially start with the opening ceremony on Friday, July 23, and will run until Sunday, August 8. However, some preliminary events began on Wednesday this week, including softball and soccer.

The Opening Ceremony will take place at Tokyo National Stadium at 8.30PM AEST. The ceremony is expected to go for about three hours. Thankfully, Tokyo is only one hour behind AEST, so it’s unlikely keen viewers will have to forgo too much sleep to stay up-to-date.

Additionally, the Paralympics start on August 24 and finish on September 5.

You can find the full Olympic schedule here.

Where can I watch the Tokyo Games?

With 339 events across 33 sports, the Tokyo Games schedule is a bit hectic. Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can stream the events and cheer your favourite athletes on.

Streaming quality on your devices will be dependent on your internet connection. If your provider oversubscribes its network, you might find that your streaming experience is patchy at busy times of the day, such as the evenings. Here at Aussie Broadband, we’re transparent about how we manage our network to ensure you have the best streaming experience possible.

Here’s where you can stream the games online:

The Tokyo Games channel – the official website is your central hub for all things relating to the Tokyo Games. The website has a dedicated channel featuring live events, interviews and games-related films and documentaries. Click here to access the Tokyo Gams channel. The Tokyo Games channel is available for viewing on a number of different devices, including desktop computers and laptops, as well as on your smartphone via an app.

7Plus app – Channel 7 have exclusive broadcasting rights to the Tokyo Games and Paralympics. You can also stream your favourite events 24/7 with Channel 7’s dedicated online Olympic coverage via 7plus. While the service is free, you’ll have to create an account to access it. Coverage of the events will span the network’s channels, 7, 7TWO and 7mate. For more information, click here.

What are the must-see events?

With so many different sports crammed into a few short weeks, it’s good to plan what you want to watch ahead of time. Here are a few events we think will be particularly exciting this year.

Opening ceremony

While the Opening Ceremony this year may lack some of the grandeur we’ve become accustomed to, the Tokyo ceremony is still not to be missed! Led by Patty Mills and Cate Campbell, about 50 Australian athletes will be marching on behalf of our 472-strong team.

Former opening ceremonies executive producer, and now senior adviser to the Tokyo ceremonies producer, Marco Balich told Reuters the Tokyo 2022 opening ceremony would be “sobering”, but would also feature “beautiful Japanese aesthetics… in sync with the sentiment of today, the reality.”


Always a favourite, a team of 35 Aussie swimmers are poised to dominate the pool this year. Experienced athletes Emily Seebohm and Cate Campbell will be competing in their fourth Olympic games – a feat only reached by one other Australian swimmer in history, Leisel Jones – and will be joined by young gun Ariarne Titmus, who recently set a Commonwealth record in the women’s 200 and 400m freestyle. Titmus will face American favourite Katie Ledecky in the women’s 400m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 800m freestyle and a number of relays.


Widely considered one of the greatest female gymnasts of all time, American Simone Biles will return to add to her already-impressive 30 World Championship medals. Biles continues to push the boundaries of what is considered possible for female gymnasts, having recently successfully executed the infamous Yurchenko double pike vault – a move so advanced it has historically only been performed by men. Whether you’re into gymnastics or not, watching Biles in action is certainly something to behold! While topping Biles might be a tall ask, Australia’s 12-strong Olympic gymnastics team will feature 11 athletes making their debut.


Led by Patty Mills, the Boomers’ core team will be joined by some new faces this year. All in their 30’s, it will likely be core team members Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Joe Ingles, Aron Baynes’ last chance to clinch a medal, so the Boomers are likely to put on a good show. Even though Liz Cambage will controversially not be joining them in Tokyo, the Opals have proved they will be fine without her, pulling off an impressive win against the US in a recent warm up match.

How many nations are competing in the Tokyo Games?

Athletes representing 205 countries will compete in the Tokyo Games, joined by the return of the Refugee Olympic team.

Formed in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Olympic Committee, the Refugee team made its debut in 2016 at the Rio Games with 10 athletes. This year, 29 members will represent the Refugee team at Tokyo.

How to make the most of your Tokyo Games experience

With no spectators to cheer the athletes on, people across the world will either be streaming or watching the Olympics on TV. Ensure your Tokyo Games experience is not interrupted by the ‘stop-start’ of slow internet with a great deal from Aussie Broadband!

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