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How to watch Paralympics 2020: Live stream the action from Tokyo online


After a Coronavirus-enforced year-long postponement, the athletes are under starters orders for the 16th installment of the Paralympics, with a total of 539 events taking place over 22 sports.

Read on for our full guide to getting a Tokyo 2020 live stream and watch all the Paralympics action from Japan online wherever you are right now.


Just two weeks after the closing ceremony for the Olympics, it’s now the turn of the world’s best disabled athletes to take centre stage.

From the brutal “murder ball” thrills of Wheelchair Rugby, to the almost serene precision of Boccia, its time for another fortnight of unmissable sporting action.

Key stars to look out for include German long jumper icon Markus Rehm, US swimming superstar Jessica Long and the host nation’s big hope for gold, wheelchair tennis star Shingo Kunieda.

While the stage is set for a host of young athletes to break through into the sporting world’s consciousness, there’s also a whole host of big name paralympians returning in Tokyo – legendary cyclist Dame Sarah Storey will be aiming to match swimmer Mike Kenny’s Team GB record of 16 Paralympic gold medals, while Iranian archery star Zahra Nemati will be hoping to win a third successive gold medal in Tokyo.

Read on for your full guide to watching a live stream of the Tokyo Paralympics 2020, no matter where you are in the world.

Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Where and when?

Taking place in various venues around Tokyo, the 2020 Paralympics runs from Tuesday, August 24 until Sunday, September 5.

The full schedule and timings for each event can be found on the official Paralympics website.

How to watch the Paralympics 2020 live from outside your country

We have details of all the US, UK, Australian and Canadian broadcasters of the 2020 Games further down in this guide. If you’re intent on watching the Tokyo Paralympics 2020, but find yourself away from home then you’ll run into problems when trying to stream your domestic coverage online from abroad as it’s likely to be geo-blocked.

That’s where a VPN (Virtual Private Network) can be a lifesaver. They allow you to virtually change the ISP of your laptop, tablet or mobile to one that’s back in your home country, letting you watch as if you were back there.

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How to watch Tokyo Paralympics 2020 online in the UK

There’s fantastic news for sports fans in the UK looking to watch the 2020 Paralympics. Over 300 hours of key action from Tokyo will be broadcast live via free-to-air Channel 4.

That means coverage will be available to stream for free via the All4 streaming service.

If that wasn’t enough, the dedicated Channel 4 Paralympics website will be broadcasting up to 16 live streams at a time, amounting to more than 1,000 hours of action.

Live stream Tokyo Paralympics 2020 live in Australia

There’s great news for viewers Down Under as well, with terrestrial network Channel 7 the exclusive broadcaster for the 2020 Paralympics in Australia.

This means that the free-to-air station’s coverage will also be available to watch via the network’s 7Plus streaming service.

How to watch Paralympics 2020 live in Canada

Coverage in Canada is split between CBC and Sportsnet.

CBC will be making available a sizable amount of its coverage for free on its website and apps.

For its premium coverage, the channel’s standalone streaming service, CBC Gem, offers a 1-month FREE trial. After that, a subscription costs CA$4.99 per month.

Pay TV broadcaster Sportsnet will also be offering limited Paralympics coverage, with its streaming offering Sportsnet Now a perfect choice for cord-cutting fans, costing just $19.99 a month.

How to watch the Paralympics 2020 online in the US

Action from Tokyo being split between linear TV coverage on NBCSN or NBC, the Olympic Channel, and its dedicated streaming service Peacock TV.

Peacock is set to show the finals of multiple sports, including wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, sitting volleyball as well as the marathons, along with events where Team USA athletes are expected to do well. You will need a Premium membership to watch however. Peacock usually costs $4.99 a month for its ad-supported service or $10 a month for commercial-free content. Of course, live channels and events like the Paralympics will still have commercials.



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