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Team USA vs Iran men's basketball live stream: Olympics channels, start time and how to watch online

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Team USA vs Iran channel, start time

When: Team USA vs Iran is airing live at 12:40 a.m. ET early Wednesday (July 28) morning, and on tape-delay at 3 p.m. ET
• U.S. — Watch live on Peacock or on tape-delay on NBC via Sling or Fubo.TV
• U.K. — Watch on Discovery Plus
• Watch anywhere — Try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

Staying up for the Team USA vs Iran live stream? Both sides enter this July 28 game with a ton of tension, and that's without the coffee it might require for those back in the U.S. to stay up for the next Team USA basketball live stream of the Tokyo Olympics

Team USA just had its first Olympic loss since ... 2004. You know, back when iPods were all the rage. And so, in the aftermath of that loss to France, the mens team is going up against Iran, which also lost its last game (to the Czech Republic). 

Nobody's doubting Team USA's overall talent for this game, as they're still seen as more or less superior to their opponents. That said, the question is if they can gel and become cohesive to right the track, since they don't want to be the first U.S. team to not win the gold since the 2004 Olympics.

The big dilemma for those at home is whether we want to watch this game live (which is more likely for those on the west coast who can tune in at 9:40 p.m PT) or wait for the rebroadcast Wednesday afternoon. That's because — surprise surprise — time zones mean that games played in Tokyo may not be convenient for those in other countries. 

Oh, and you're also going to need to pay for Peacock if you want to watch live.

How to watch Team USA vs Iran live streams from anywhere in the world

The Olympics is a global event and can be viewed in almost every country on Earth. However, if you're not in your home country and can't watch the Team USA vs Iran live streams with your usual services — or you want to watch in your native language — you're not out of luck. 

With a virtual private network, or VPN, you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town (or somewhere that blackouts won't hit), and access the same streaming services you already paid for. They're totally legal, inexpensive and easy to use. 

Not sure which VPN is right for you? We've tested many different services and our pick for the best VPN overall is ExpressVPN. It offers superb speeds and excellent customer service. But you've got other VPN options as well.

We think speed, security and simplicity make ExpressVPN second to none. During our tests, we saw fast connection times, and we're impressed by the service's ability to access more than 3,000 services spread out across 160 locations in 94 countries. View Deal

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to your website or streaming service of choice and tune in.

How to watch Team USA vs Iran live streams in the US

How to watch Team USA vs Iran live streams in the US — US flag

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Unless you have a cable account and can watch on NBCOlympics.com, you'll need NBC's streaming service Peacock to see the Team USA vs Iran live stream. 

For the tape-delayed streams, you'll want NBC, which is included in the $35 per month Sling TV Blue package. The Sports Extra package ($11 per month extra) gets you the Olympic channel. Sling is one of the best streaming services alongside our other recommendation for Olympics viewing: Fubo TV, which has 100-plus channels (many more than Sling), including all of the above networks. 

A must for live Team USA men's games

In addition to the Olympics live streams, Peacock also has huge library of licensed content drawn from various brands. That includes shows like 30 Rock, The Voice, Battlestar Galactica, Law & Order: SVU and This Is Us.View Deal

Cheaper Live TV

Sling TV: You can get NBC in the Sling Blue package, which is $35/month. The 30-plus channels in the lineup include AMC, CNN, Food Network, AMC, Comedy Central, HGTV and many more. Right now, Sling is offering $10 off the first month for new subscribers.View Deal

Fubo TV: If you love sports, you probably want to check out Fubo TV. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front. Fubo's dozens of channels include local networks like ABC and ESPN. You can also add on NBA TV. Fubo doesn't have TNT.View Deal

How to watch Team USA vs Iran live streams in the UK

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The BBC iPlayer has been the go-to source for some Olympics coverage for those in the U.K., but they aren't listing the Team USA vs Iran live stream, which starts at 5:40 a.m. BST. 

However, it will definitely be available on the new service Discovery Plus, which has the rights to full coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, breaking the BBC's previous monopoly. This year, the BBC is limited to no more than two live events at one time, whereas every single sport and every single event is available on Discovery+ or via the Eurosport channel.

Discovery is currently offering a three-day free trial of the service, with full subscriptions available for £6.99/month or £29.99/year after that. Plus, the service is available to stream through a multitude of devices include Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV and apps for iOS and Android.

Americans abroad could just use the service of their choice, provided they log in via a VPN such as ExpressVPN.

How to watch Team USA vs Iran live streams in Canada

Team USA vs Iran live streams in Canada

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The Olympics continue to confuse. 

TSN may be your best bet, as its schedule lists Olympic coverage from Midnight on, while Sportsnet's coverage doesn't list Basketball as one of the sports it will cover.

Again, Americans visiting their friends in the great white north could just use Peacock, provided they log in via a VPN such as ExpressVPN.

How to watch Team USA vs Iran live streams in Australia

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Down Under, Aussies can watch the Team USA vs Iran for free on the network’s 7Plus streaming service — which has practically everything in the Olympics. Team USA vs Iran live streams should begin around 2:40 p.m. AEST. 

Currently out of the country? Use ExpressVPN to access your paid-for services.

Henry T. Casey

Henry is an editor writer at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and Apple. Prior to joining Tom's Guide — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and looking for the headphone adapter that he unplugged from his iPhone.