How to watch Olympic eventing live

  • On Friday 30 July the eventing competition gets underway at the Tokyo Olympics. So, to make sure you don’t miss a moment of the action, here’s our guide on how to watch Olympic eventing live.

    This page will be updated with more information as and when we receive it.

    How to watch Olympic eventing live

    Watching in the UK: Discovery+ and BBC

    Eurosport is broadcasting live sporting action from the Olympics via its TV channels and its Discovery+ live streaming service. It currently appears that Discovery+ maybe the only way for eventing fans in the UK to watch the dressage and cross-country phases from Tokyo. There is a three-day free trial currently available when you sign up to the service for a year, although you will not be charged if you cancel before your free trial ends. Terms and conditions apply.

    The BBC schedule is still to be confirmed, and while it was hoped that all phases would be shown on bbc.co.uk/sport, it now appears that this doesn’t include the dressage or cross-country phases. But the eventing showjumping team and individual finals will be shown on Eurosport Player, discovery+ and BBC 2, BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button.

    Due to rights agreements, you need to be in the UK to stream and download programmes or watch BBC TV channels on BBC iPlayer. But if you download a programme on BBC iPlayer when you’re in the UK, you can watch it anywhere in the world. You can download programmes on your computer or mobile/tablet.

    Watching in the US: NBC

    NBC will provide coverage, which can be accessed on local NBC stations as well as streamed on NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports, and Peacock. The exact schedule is yet to be announced. NBC is only available for free in the US.

    Watching in New Zealand
    Sky and TVNZ

    Watching in Belgium
    RTBF via La Deux

    Watching in Australia
    Channel 7

    Watching in Hong Kong
    TVB, NiuTV, Fantastic Television, Cable TV and NowTV

    Watching in South Africa

    Watching in Canada
    CBS Sports, SportsNet and TSN

    Eventing schedule

    Times are displayed as is correct in Tokyo with British times shown in brackets.

    Dressage day one session one: Friday 30 July
    8.30-11am (00.30-3am)

    Dressage day one session two: Friday 30 July
    5.30-8.10pm (9.30am-12.10pm)

    Dressage day two: Saturday 31 July
    8.30-11am (00.30-3am)

    Cross-country: Sunday 1 August
    7.45-11.10am (11.45pm Saturday-3.10am)

    Showjumping: Monday 2 August
    5-10.25pm (9am-2.25pm)

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