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Biggest Media Event Ever: Unprecedented 7,000 Hours of Coverage; 5,500+ Hours of Streaming; 17 Consecutive Nights of Primetime Coverage on NBC; and Record 180 Commentators

Comprehensive Primetime Presentation of Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC to be Complemented by NBC Olympics’ First-Ever Live Morning Broadcast at 6:55 a.m. ET on NBC

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 22, 2021 – NBC Olympics’ comprehensive coverage of the Tokyo Olympics is the biggest media event ever featuring an unprecedented 7,000 hours of coverage, including more than 5,500 hours of streaming coverage, 17 consecutive nights of primetime coverage on NBC, and a record 180 commentators.

NBCUniversal’s unprecedented full-day coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics begins tomorrow, Friday, July 23, on NBC with the network’s first-ever live morning broadcast of an Opening Ceremony at 6:55 a.m. ET. A special primetime presentation of the Opening Ceremony featuring special coverage of Team USA, along with the performances, pageantry, and Parade of Nations -- the heart of any Opening Ceremony – will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Click here for complete programming details.

Below are key metrics about NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Tokyo Olympics:

8,000: Number of miles that the “Rings Across America” marketing activation will drive across the country

7,000: Total programming hours across NBCUniversal

6,745: Miles between Stamford, Conn. and Tokyo, Japan

5,500+: Hours of coverage across NBC Sports Digital platforms ( and the NBC Sports app)

1964: Year that marked NBC’s first-ever coverage of an Olympic Games -- for the Tokyo Olympics

1,800: Approximate number of domestic-based NBC Olympics employees

1,600: Approximate number of NBC Olympics employees on-site in Tokyo

206: Number of countries and territories taking part in the Parade of Nations at the Opening Ceremony

180: Number of commentators on NBC Olympics’ talent roster

41: Number of sports that will be contested in Tokyo, comprising 339 medal events

28: Broadcast booths located at NBC Sports’ International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

17: Consecutive nights of primetime coverage on the NBC broadcast network

13: Number of hours Tokyo is ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone

4: Production trucks based at NBC Sports’ International Broadcast Center

4: Sports making their Olympic debuts in Tokyo this summer: skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing and karate

First: First time NBC will present a live morning broadcast of an Opening Ceremony

First: First time that the host of NBC Olympics’ primetime coverage will anchor from an outdoor set

First: First time Peacock will stream Olympics coverage

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