How to Watch the Paralympic Games and Opening Ceremony Live

The 2020 Paralympics Opening Ceremony begins at 6:55 a.m. ET on August 24. Viewers can catch the ceremony live either on television or online via NBCUniversal, the official U.S. media partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games through 2032.

Live coverage of the Paralympic Games can also be accessed on television or online via NBCUniversal.

How to Watch the Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Live coverage of the opening ceremony takes place from 6:55 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET on August 24. It will air on NBCSN, the television channel owned by the NBC Sports Group of NBCUniversal.

A live stream of the ceremony will also be available at NBCOlympics.com and via the NBC Sports mobile app.

The NBC Sports app can be downloaded on mobile phones and most streaming platforms including Android TV, Apple TV and Roku.

Those who missed the live coverage can view the opening ceremony later in the evening on August 24, when the program re-airs on NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET.

Team Japan's Shingo Kunieda at 2020 Paralympics.
Shingo Kunieda of Team Japan seen during a training session ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Ariake Tennis Park on August 22, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Toru Hanai/Getty Images for International Paralympic Committee

Where to Watch the Paralympics

NBCUniversal will provide a record total of 1,200 hours of programming for the 2020 Paralympics. This includes over 200 hours of television coverage across NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA as well as the first-ever primetime hours on NBC.

The total also includes more than 1,000 hours of Paralympics coverage across NBCOlympics.com, the NBC Sports app and Peacock, NBCUniversal's streaming service.

Paralympics TV Schedule

Viewers can catch live coverage of the competition on NBCSN every night from 9 p.m. through 9 a.m. ET. Some coverage will also be available on NBC and the Olympic Channel.

Fans can see the full schedule of television listings for the Paralympic Games on NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel at the NBC Tokyo 2020 website.

Team USA's Joshua Wheeler at 2020 Paralympics.
Joshua Wheeler of Team USA in action during a training session at Yoyogi National Stadium ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on August 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

How to Watch the Paralympics Online

The full schedule for all live streaming of the Paralympics at NBCOlympics.com and via the NBC Sports app is also available at the NBC Olympics website and in the app across all devices.

The NBC Tokyo 2020 website explains: "Paralympic coverage on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app can be streamed by authenticating through your cable, satellite or TV provider." See the NBC Tokyo 2020 website for more information.

At NBCOlympics.com and via the NBC Sports app, viewers can access a live stream of all television coverage of the Paralympics as well as coverage of the following sports:

  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Boccia
  • Canoe
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Goalball
  • Judo
  • Marathon
  • Rowing
  • Shooting
  • Sitting volleyball
  • Soccer 5-a-side
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Track & field
  • Triathlon
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Wheelchair rugby
  • Wheelchair tennis

Peacock will cover medal round competitions across several sports, including men's and women's wheelchair basketball as well as women's sitting volleyball, wheelchair rugby and marathon races.

Paralympics Meaning

The Paralympics website explains the word "Paralympic" is a combination of the Greek preposition "para," which means beside or alongside and the word "Olympic."

"Its meaning is that Paralympics are the parallel Games to the Olympics and illustrates how the two movements exist side-by-side."

A ball seen at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
A ball is displayed at Yoyogi National Stadium ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on August 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

The graphic below, produced by Statista, shows the all-time top nations in the Paralympics.

Graphic of top nations in the Paralympics.
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