NBCUniversal plans to broadcast more than 7,000 hours of action from Tokyo 2020 on its various platforms ©NBCU

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has announced that it plans to broadcast more than 7,000 hours of content on several channels during the rearranged Olympic Games in Tokyo - its most ever.

The Comcast-owned broadcaster plans to stream over 5,000 hours of content on NBCOlympics, while cable sports network NBCSN will show more than 440 hours of programming, with USA Network offering over 380 hours.

In addition, the Olympic Channel will show Team USA competitions, including wrestling and tennis.

The Golf Channel will air golf events, and Telemundo Deportes will offer competitions in the Spanish language.

During its primetime programming hours, the CNBC network, which has aired every Olympic Games since Sydney 2000, will show more than 100 hours of competitions during its primetime programming hours, including diving, beach volleyball, rowing, water polo and rugby sevens.

In addition, NBCU plans to move its Today and NBC Nightly News to Tokyo as part of its coverage for the event due to open on July 23 and conclude on August 8.

Coverage will include primetime broadcasts of the men and women’s basketball finals on August 6 and 7, respectively.

It will be the first time that the women’s final will be seen entirely in primetime on the broadcast network since Atlanta 1996.

NBC also plans to air events during daytime hours.

Mike Tirico will anchor NBC's primetime coverage of Tokyo 2020 ©NBC Sports
Mike Tirico will anchor NBC's primetime coverage of Tokyo 2020 ©NBC Sports

Mike Tirico, who has worked for NBC Sports since 2016, will anchor the network’s primetime work.

"We are going to deliver the most comprehensive - and accessible - coverage for any sports event in history," said Molly Solomon, executive producer and President of NBC Olympics Production.

"The depth and breadth of our broadcasts will be unprecedented, showcasing once-in-a-generation athletes and storylines that will capture the incredible uniqueness of these Games and our times."

NBC’s current rights deal with the International Olympic Committee runs until 2032 and is worth a whopping $7.75 billion (£5.5 billion/€6.4 billion).

According to the network, its coverage of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro attracted an average of 27.5 million viewers across all NBC platforms, and delivered 3.3 billion minutes of streaming video.

The 2012 Olympics in London drew roughly 31 million viewers, while Beijing 2008 averaged 27 million viewers.

NBCU made approximately $250 million (£177 million/€206 million) in profit at Rio 2016.

The company was poised to take in more than $1.2 billion (£850 million/€991 million) in advertising for Tokyo 2020 before the Games were postponed.