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Team USA vs. Italy volleyball live stream: Tokyo Olympics channels, start time and more

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The Team USA vs. Italy volleyball live stream will, hopefully, be unlike the USA vs ROC match that took place Friday. It's time for the next big match for the American side, and we bet they're concerned about the health of their biggest star, as they lost her alongside their first defeat in the Tokyo Olympics.

Team USA vs Italy start time and channels

Time: Team USA vs Italy will live stream at 10:05 p.m. ET/ 7:05 p.m. PT today (Aug. 1), and rebroadcasting via tape delay at 9 p.m. ET on Monday.
• U.S. — Watch live on NBCOlympics.com, and later on NBCSN via Sling or Fubo.TV
• U.K. — Watch on Discovery+
• Watch anywhere — Try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

Yes, the 25-20, 25-12, 25-19 loss was far from ideal. But to lose Thompson, the team's leading point-scorer, is possibly even bigger. The superstar apparently rolled her ankle when landing on it hard in the second frame. She was evaluated courtside during the frame, and left thereafter. 

Hopefully, she'll be back in action by the quarterfinals game, which Team USA qualified for in a win over Turkey. Thompson's value to the team cannot be understated, especially after her 34-point game in a win over China.

Team USA has yet to win gold in volleyball at the Olympics, during the entire 57-year history of the event at the Games.

The Team USA Women's Volleyball team is ranked No. 1 in the world, so their undefeated streak going into the game against ROC wasn't a huge surprise. 

Of the services you will want for these games, Peacock will help you see highlights at night, while Sling TV and Fubo TV can help you catch games on tape-delay. Your login from the latter will help you watch the games live.

How to watch Team USA vs. Italy 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 Team USA vs. Italy 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. 

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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. Italy live in the US

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This one's going to be easy to watch live, at least in terms of the hour of play. The Team USA vs Italy live stream airs at 10:05 p.m. ET today (Sunday, August 1). Next, find your streaming/cable login, because NBCOlympics.com — the only place to watch this match live — requires one. NBCSN will have the 9 p.m. ET rebroadcast on Monday night.

Of course, the nightly coverage on Peacock will likely include updates as well. 

NBCSN is part of the $35 per month Sling TV Blue package, and Olympics-watchers will want the Blue package, which also has NBC. The Olympic Channel is also available as a $11 per month add-on. 

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. 

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, USA and NBCSN in the Sling Blue package, which is $35/month (the first month is just $10 right now) — plus the Olympic Channel in the Sports Extra package ($11 per month extra).View Deal

Fubo TV has NBC, USA, NBCSN and the Olympic Channel all its base $65 per month package. 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. View Deal

How to watch Team USA vs. Italy live in the UK

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To watch every event live, you'll want to subscribe to Discovery Plus, which is offering coverage of every event at Tokyo 2020; all of the Olympics volleyball games (including Team USA vs. Italy) will likely be on the service. 

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.

The BBC iPlayer has been the go-to source for all Olympics coverage for those in the U.K., but things have changed.

The BBC won't have the monopoly on Olympics coverage in the U.K., with the IOC having sold the main European rights to the Discovery network. As a result, the BBC's coverage, though still good, is limited to no more than two live events at one time. 

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. Italy live in Canada

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It looks like the Team USA vs. Italy live stream may be on Sportsnet's SN1 or Sportsnet channels, as a block of "Scheduled events" that includes "Beach Volleyball, Volleyball & Basketball" is set for 8 p.m. on on Sunday night. 

It could also be on TSN — either TSN1, TSN2 or TSN5, that is — as there's olympic coverage during those hours as well.

CBC is also sharing coverage of the Olympics, so you may need to channel surf if you can't find it. TLN is also showing off some of the Olympic Games, though judging by the schedule they will be on tape-delay. 

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

How to watch Team USA vs. Italy live in Australia

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Down Under, Aussies can watch the Team USA vs. Italy live stream for free on the 7Plus network's streaming service — which has practically everything in the Olympics. Just add 14 hours to the Eastern times listed below to figure out when games start in 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.