Olympic Softball begins today, July 20th, 2021, at 8 pm when Japan faces Australia. Immediately following at 11 p.m, the United Stated Softball team will face Italy in their opening game of the tournament. This article will explain how to watch every Olympic Softball game at the Tokyo Olympics, even if you don’t have cable. We also include the full Olympic Softball TV schedule so you know when and where to watch every game. For other Olympic events aside from Softball see our guide on how to watch the Olympics in 2021.
How To Watch Olympic Softball: Most Olympic Softball games will be aired on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). CNBC will air 2 games, and one game will air on USA Network. All three networks can be streamed live with FuboTV (7-day free trial) or Hulu Live TV (7-day free trial). Using a free trial from each will allow you to watch every Olympic Softball game for free!
How The Olympic Softball Tournament Works
The Olympic Softball Tournament will consist of 6 teams: Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and The United States. The softball tournament will feature a single round-robin of the six teams where each team will play one game against each other. Therefore each team will play 5 games, with the entire round-robin consisting of 15 games. After the round-robin, the third and fourth place teams will play for the bronze medal while the top two teams play for gold and silver. 17 Softball games will be played in total.
Olympic Softball Tournament TV Schedule
The TV schedule for all 17 Olympic Softball games is in the table below. All the required channels (NBCSN, CNBC, and USA) are available in the following streaming services:
- FuboTV – offers a 1-week free trial.
- Hulu Live TV – Offers a 1-week free trial.
- DIRECTV Stream – Has a 14 day full refund period.
- YouTube TV – offers a 1-week free trial.
|Wed, July 21||U.S. vs. Canada||8 p.m||NBCSN|
|Wed, July 21||Japan vs. Mexico||11 p.m||NBCSN|
|Thu, July 22||Italy vs. Australia||2 a.m||NBCSN|
|Fri, July 23||Australia vs. Canada||9 p.m||NBCSN|
|Sat, July 24||U.S. vs. Mexico||1:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat, July 24||Japan vs Italy||7 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat, July 24||U.S. vs. Australia||9 p.m.||CNBC|
|Sun, July 25||Canada at Japan||1:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun, July 25||Italy at Mexico||7 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun, July 25||Japan at USA||9 p.m.||USA|
|Mon, July 26||Canada at Italy||1:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Mon, July 26||Mexico at Australia||7 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Tue, July 27||Bronze Medal Game||12 a.m||CNBC|
|Tue, July 27||Final||7 a.m||NBCSN|
Team USA Softball Games
If you are interested in only watching Team USA softball, then their 5 round-robin games are as follows:
(all times Eastern)
- Tue, July 20 – U.S. vs. Italy 11 p.m. on NBCSN
- Wed, July 21 – U.S. vs. Canada 8 p.m on NBCSN
- Sat, July 24 – U.S. vs. Mexico 1:30 a.m. on NBCSN
- Sat, July 24 – U.S. vs. Australia 9 p.m. on CNBC
- Sun, July 25 – U.S. vs. Japan at 9 p.m. on USA
Best Streaming Services for Olympic Softball
In order to watch every Olympic softball game, you can use any live streaming service that carries NBCSN, CNBC, and USA Network in its channel lineup. We’ve summarized those services below, or you can check any of the following guides for information on watching a specific channel without cable.
Below is a summary of each live TV streaming service offering all three of those channels.
FuboTV is an excellent service to watch Olympic Softball as it carries NBCSN, USA Network, and CNBC in its Starter package along with over 80 other channels for $64.99/month (after a 7-day free trial). The FuboTV app is available on major platforms, including AppleTV, AndroidTV, Roku, and Amazon FireTV. FuboTV’s standard plan includes the following:
- over 100 live channels found on cable including NBCSN, CNBC, and USA
- live local NBC, FOX, and CBS in many markets
- a cloud DVR with 30 hours of storage
- watch on two screens at the same time
You can watch every Olympic Softball game on Hulu Live TV. The service carries NBCSN, CNBC, and USA along with many other channels. Hulu is most known for its vast on-demand streaming library. However, you can also subscribe to Hulu’s Live TV service for $64.99 a month. That price includes Hulu on-demand, making it one of the best live TV streaming services available. The service includes the following features:
- The basic package comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. (Upgrades available)
- Watch on two screens at once. (Upgrades available)
- Comes with six customizable profiles
- Includes entire Hulu streaming library
Hulu supports Roku, Amazon Fire TV, iOS, Android and more. Check out our full review of Hulu Live TV for more details.
You can watch every Olympic Softball game on DIRECTV Stream. The service provides NBCSN, CNBC, and USA Network in its “Entertainment” channel plan for $69.99 per month. While the service doesn’t offer a free trial they do provide a full refund if you cancel within 14 days. AT&T provides the following features in all it’s channel plans:
- watch 20 streams simultaneously per subscription
- a cloud-based DVR
- channels like NBCSN, CNBC, USA, and more
- supported on AppleTV, Android TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, and more
Sling offers NBCSN and USA in it’s Blue package. Subscribers will need to sign up for Sling TV’s Blue Package for $35 per month, and then add the “News Extra” package for an additional $6 per month to also get CNBC. Sling TV provides subscribers with the following features:
- access to CNBC, NBCSN, USA and other channels on Sling TV
- Sling also offers on-demand and a cloud DVR
- You can stream up to three devices simultaneously on the Sling Blue plan.
- Supported on Windows and Mac PCs and laptops, Android and iOS devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Nexus player, Xbox One, 4th Generation Apple TV, Chromecast, and more.
- Includes a cloud DVR along with other great features.
YouTubeTV also offers NBCSN, CNBC, USA, and more with limitless storage space for recording your shows. Your library of recorded shows can be streamed anywhere. The base package costs $64.99 a month.
A subscription to YouTube TV provides:
- access to NBCSN, CNBC, USA, and over 70 other channels
- unlimited cloud DVR storage
- stream on three devices at once
- Youtube TV supports Android, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and more. The YouTube TV app isn’t available on Roku. However, users can use YouTube TV through the YouTube app on Roku devices.
- Includes Youtube TV on-demand
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