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How to watch the Olympics in the UK on TV and online – schedule, times and channels

Watch 2021 Olympics online on TV in UK, time and channel

The 2020 Olympics are on their way (in 2021!) – here’s all you need to know about how and when to watch on TV and online.


In the UK, Olympics coverage will be available on BBC One, BBC Two and Eurosport on TV from when the games start on 21 July.

Online, you’ll be able to stream events and highlights on the BBC iPlayer as well as discovery+.

How to watch the Olympics in the UK on TV and online

BBC One and BBC iPlayer will provide daily live coverage of up to two sports at a time from midnight to 6PM UK time. Highlights from all sports will air each evening from 7:30PM to 9PM.

Meanwhile on BBC Two between 9PM and 10PM will be Olympics Extra, a show dedicated to further in-depth highlights from some of the key sports of the day.

More live coverage is available on TV via Eurosport 1 and 2 (available on Sky channels 410/411, Virgin Media 521/522 and BT 435/436) as well as its Olympic pop up channels (available on Sky channels 983 to 989, Virgin channels 537 to 543, BT channels 401 to 407).

You can also stream every sport online via discovery+ at the price of £6.99/month.


The games will air daily before concluding on 8 August.

On the BBC, coverage will feature some of the nation’s most-loved Olympians, including Michael Johnson, Chris Hoy, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Katherine Grainger, Nicola Adams, Rebecca Adlington, Victoria Pendleton and many more.

Gabby Logan, Clare Balding, Hazel Irvine, Dan Walker, Jason Mohammad, Alex Scott, JJ Chalmers and Sam Quek will host BBC One’s coverage, while Jeanette Kwakye and Nihal Arthanayake will present on BBC Two.


Over on Eurosport and Discovery+, coverage will be led by Greg Rutherford MBE, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Joanna Rowsell MBE who have 12 Olympic medals between them, 10 of them gold.

They will be joined by sport broadcasters Orla Chennaoui, Reshmin Chowdhury and Radzi Chinyanganya.