Thursday, August 19th, 2021


Record 1,200 Hours of Paralympic Programming from Tokyo, Including First-Ever Primetime Coverage on NBC

Live Coverage of Opening Ceremony Presented on Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Aug. 19, 2021 – NBCUniversal is making an unprecedented commitment to the Paralympics with a record 1,200 hours of programming, including more than 200 hours of television coverage, the first-ever primetime hours on NBC, live coverage of the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony on NBCSN, and exclusive streaming coverage on NBC Sports digital platforms and Peacock. Click here for complete programming details.

Live coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics begins Tuesday, August 24, at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Live event competition gets underway later in the evening on Tuesday, August 24, at 10 p.m. ET.

Below are key metrics about NBCU’s coverage of the Tokyo Paralympics:

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


4,400: Approximate number of Paralympic athletes expected to compete


1960: Year when the first Paralympic Games were held


1,200: Total programming hours across NBCUniversal


539: Number of medal events at the Games


240: Expected number of Team USA Paralympic athletes competing in Tokyo


200+: Hours of television coverage across NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA


30: Number of medals that NBCU’s Paralympic Games commentators have won


22: Sports on the Tokyo Paralympic program


16: Number of commentators on NBCU’s Tokyo Paralympics talent roster


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


2: Sports making their Paralympic debuts: badminton and taekwondo


First: First time NBC will present primetime coverage of the Paralympics


First: First time Peacock will stream Paralympics coverage


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