How to watch Hockey at Olympics 2020: key dates, live stream and more

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Ever seen a sport and instantly known you’re not cut out for it? Field hockey can have that effect on people, and that’s also why it’s so captivating to watch! Read on to see how to watch an Olympics hockey live stream at Tokyo in 2021 with free otions, streaming platforms and dates listed below.

From 1928 to 1960, the Indian hockey teams ruled the sport—their six consecutive gold medals are an impressive testimony to this. But for the last 40 years, they haven’t secured any Olympic medals. Fans are hoping that’ll change under the new captain, Manpreet Singh, who was named the FIH Player of the Year in 2019.

Live stream hockey at 2020 Olympics

Dates:  Saturday, July 24–Friday, August 6 

Venue:   Oi Hockey Stadium—North Pitch and Oi Hockey Stadium—South Pitch 

FREE live streams: BBC iPlayer (UK) | 7Plus (AUS) | CBC (CAN)

US coverage: NBC channels (or Sling TV / FuboTV)

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The top-performing countries of recent times are Germany and the Netherlands. And Argentina’s steady rise continues, especially with their historic win at the 2016 Olympics, where they became the first South American men’s team to clinch gold in the sport. 

But the team that’s going to light up the competition is Belgium. The men’s team is currently the world champion, and getting past them will not be easy for the other contenders. 

On the women’s side, keep an eye out for the Netherlands, who lost their third consecutive gold medal at the Rio Olympics to Great Britain. The Netherlands tied the game but lost in the shootouts, so you can imagine they’ll be back with a phenomenal drive this time.  

Wondering where you can watch hockey at Olympics 2020? We’ll cover that in this article and go over some of the event’s key dates too. To learn more about the other games, read our comprehensive article on the Olympics live stream.  

Olympics 2020 hockey: key dates and times

- Men's Bronze Medal Match: Wednesday, August 4 from 9.30pm ET / Thursday, August 5 from 10.30am JST / 2.30am BST

- Men's Gold Medal Match: Thursday, August 5 from 7pm JST / 11am BST / 6am ET

- Women's Bronze Medal Match: Thursday, August 5 from 9.30pm ET / Friday, August 6 from 10.30am JST / 2.30am BST 

- Women's Gold Medal Match: Friday, August 6 from 7pm JST / 11am BST / 6am ET 

Free Olympics hockey live stream

One of the world’s most-viewed sporting events, the Olympics is covered by broadcasters worldwide. While the Olympics channel will be airing highlights, it is regional domestic broadcasters who will have the full footage.

For example, those in the UK can get coverage of a lot of the main events via the free BBC service on BBC iPlayer. The same goes for Australia with Channel 7 (or 7plus online). Ireland has RTE for its free coverage, France has TF1 and many other countries are in a similar place with free coverage.

We have further information about worldwide Olympics streams below.

How to watch your Olympics live stream when abroad

While you'll be able to watch an Olympics live stream from the large majority of countries, you may face difficulties if you're trying to tune in to your usual streaming platform while abroad.

That's because streaming platforms tend to geo-block their content, stopping you when you're abroad. Luckily, there is a very simple way to resolve this issue - by using a VPN. 

Download one of the best VPN services and you'll be able to override these geo-blocks and watch the Olympics like you're back home. This saves you having to track down a dodgy stream while you're on holiday.

Use a VPN to watch Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games from anywhere

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1. Download and login to a VPN - as we've said above, our top choice is ExpressVPN

2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location

3. Go to the broadcaster's live stream - For example, those from the UK can head on over to BBC iPlayer

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FREE Olympics hockey live stream in the UK


As mentioned above, the BBC is offering free coverage of quite a few of the main Tokyo Olympics events for UK residents. The BBC One and Two channels will televise key sports and for online viewers, there’s the BBC iPlayer.

However, for the most detailed UK coverage, you'll need to head over to either Discovery+ or Eurosport. Their subscription plans cost £4.99/month and £6.99/month respectively. Along with the usual Android and iOS devices, these platforms can be accessed on Fire TV, PS5, Chromecast, and more devices. 

For those who aren’t in the UK for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, you can rely on a VPN to catch all the games live.

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How to watch Olympics hockey in the US with and without cable


NBC has the airing rights for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the US. If you have cable, you’ll find all the events broadcasted on the NBC channels. NBC cable users will also have the option of watching the games online through NBC’s streaming service

For those without cable, you’ll need to sign up for a streaming service that has the NBC channel. There are lots of options including fuboTV, YouTube TV, Sling TV and others. 

One of the best options would be Sling TV's Blue Package. This costs $35 a month and comes with NBCSN but it frequently offers special discounts. FuboTV has a one-week free trial too, but it costs $64.99/month.

You can use iOS, Android, Google Chrome Browser, Samsung TV, and other devices to access these platforms. 

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How to watch Olympics hockey in Canada


Four Canadian broadcasters are televising the 2020 Olympics—CBC, TSN, Sportsnet, and TLN. Cable subscribers can watch the events through any of these channels.

The best option will be CBC which is offering free coverage for a lot of the key Olympic events this year. Alternatively, Sportsnet and TSN will be great options but you do have to pay for them

TSN and Sportsnet’s streaming services will require you to shell out CAD 19.99/month which does make them quite expensive options for watching the Olympics.

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How to live stream hockey at the Olympics for FREE in Australia


 Channel 7 has exclusive broadcasting rights for the Tokyo Olympics in Australia and it’s telecasting the games for free. Cable users can view the events on 7Mate and 7Two. Cord-cutters can try Channel 7’s streaming service—7plus. It runs on iOS, Android, web browsers, Sony TV, and other devices.

Out of the country when the Olympics Hockey airs? No problem. Simply use a VPN to tune in like you're back home in Australia.

More 2020 Olympics broadcasters around the world

Don't live in any of the countries we've listed above? Not to worry, the Olympics are available to watch from the large majority of countries around the world. While some countries won't have free viewing options or as many choices, you should have an option available in your region.

Unsurprisingly, the list of viewing platforms is very extensive but luckily, there is a dedicated Wikipedia page with all of the different channels airing the Olympics.

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