The network plans a record 1,200 hours of programming during the event, which will be staged August 24–September 25, 2021. The coverage, which is presented by Toyota, will include more than 200 hours of television coverage across NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA; the debut of coverage on NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock; live coverage of the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony on NBCSN; and live streaming coverage on NBC Sports digital platforms.
“NBCUniversal’s commitment to the coverage and promotion of the Tokyo Paralympic Games and U.S. Paralympic Team is truly something to celebrate,” said USOPC Chief Executive Officer Sarah Hirshland. “This is a great reflection of our combined pledge to creating a path to parity for the Paralympic movement while bringing the incredible feats of our Para athletes into more American homes than ever before.”
Primetime broadcasts on NBC will feature a mix of edited competition footage, athlete profiles and interviews.
On NBCSN, the Paralympics will be televised daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. More than 1,000 hours of Tokyo Paralympic coverage is expected to stream across NBCOlympics.com, the NBC Sports app and Peacock. NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will live stream all television coverage as well as coverage of archery, badminton, boccia, canoe, cycling, equestrian, goalball, judo, marathon, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, soccer 5-a-side, swimming, table tennis, track and field, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis. Peacock will feature medal rounds in men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball and women’s sitting volleyball, wheelchair rugby and marathon races.
NBC will also air the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials competition on June 27.
“We are proud to be America’s long-term home of the Paralympics, and Tokyo will mark new heights in our coverage and storytelling,” said Gary Zenkel, president of NBC Olympics. “We are committed to growing our coverage across our platforms and bringing to the American audience the extraordinary achievements of Para athletes well into the future, a vision shared by our Paralympic partners — Toyota, Nike, Eli Lilly and United Healthcare.”