Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony: When and how to watch
Here are the best ways to watch the Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony live and free in Australia, including starting times.
After a record medal haul for Australia, the 2021 Tokyo Olympics have drawn to a close. (Has it really been two weeks already?)
If you're planning to watch the Closing Ceremony live in Australia, you have several options. Here's what you need to know.
When is the Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony?
The Closing Ceremony is scheduled to kick off on Sunday, 8 August at 9pm AEST. (8pm in Tokyo.)
Where is the Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony?
The closing ceremony will take place at the Japan National Stadium in Tokyo.
What channel is the Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony on?
Seven Network has the rights to this year's Olympic Games. If you're planning to watch the Opening Ceremony live on free-to-air TV, this means you will need to tune into Channel 7. It will also be showing on 7Mate.
How to watch the Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony online
You will be able to watch the entire Closing Ceremony on your phone, laptop or smart TV by logging into the 7plus app. (Presumably you have already created an account to watch the Olympics, but if not you can find step-by-step instructions in our Tokyo Olympics streaming guide.)
If you happen to be an Optus 5G Home customer you can also watch the ceremony through your Fetch Mighty set-top box.
The 7plus app is also available on PlayStation 4 video game console. For our money, this is the best way to watch the event. The stream is very good quality and there seems to be fewer advert interruptions.
Can you watch the Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony in 4K?
Unfortunately, the Closing Ceremony is only being broadcast in high definition (HD), just like the rest of the Olympics Games. 4K is apparently beyond the powers of Seven Network. (Originally, Optus was going to stream the Games to its 5G customers in 4K but those plans fell through at the last minute.)
What will we see at the Opening Ceremony?
The theme of the closing ceremony is Worlds We Share. There will be another Parade of Nations and a traditional passing of the torch the next Olympic host nation. After the various festivities are performed, the Olympic flame will be ceremoniously snuffed out until the next Summer Olympics: Paris in 2024.
How will COVID-19 affect the Closing Ceremony?
Much like the Opening Ceremony, the 2020 Olympics Closing Ceremony has been designed around COVID-19 restrictions. This means you probably won't see large crowds performing next to each other. Once again, the live audience will encompass a tiny fraction of the stadium. The general public will not be permitted to attend and some of the performances have been pre-recorded.