How to Watch Live and On-demand Coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games

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The Winter Olympics are a wonderful time where countries from around the world come together to celebrate global friendship and cooperation through sportsmanship and athletics. What’s less than wonderful, however, is the fact that if you want complete Olympic coverage, you have to go through a cable provider to get it… that is, until now.

Watching the Winter Olympics is surprisingly easy and much more simple than you think. Today we’re going to take a look at the Winter Olympics and show you how you can watch it without cable. Let’s dive in!

Watching with a TV Antenna

Watching the Olympics Without CableThe first and easiest way to get Olympic coverage is to purchase an over-the-air antenna. With that OTA antenna, you’ll be able to pick up the official US broadcaster for the Winter Olympics, NBC. NBC will give you approximately 176 hours of Olympic coverage; including daytime, primetime, and late night recaps.

Daytime coverage will run from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET during the weekday and from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM on the weekend. Daytime coverage includes the following sports: speed skating, ski jumping, cross-country skiing, biathlon, and luge.

Primetime coverage begins at 8:00 PM ET and runs until 11:30 PM. Primetime coverage includes Alpine skiing, figure skating, snowboarding, freestyle skiing and short track speed skating. Late-night coverage will begin around 12:00 AM and mostly consists of replays from the previous day.

If you live close to the Canadian border, you should be able to pick up the Olympic broadcasts from the CBC. If you want to stream the Winter Olympics, however, you have to keep reading!

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The remainder of Olympic coverage will air on three cable networks: NBCSN, CNBC, and the USA Network. NBCSN will have the most coverage with 369 hours, followed by CNBC with 46 hours and the USA with 40 hours.

You can also go to or download the NBC sports apps (available on Android, iOS, and most dedicated streaming devices) to stream every Olympic event.

To actually access the content you will need to log in to a Streaming Services account. Although it sounds eerily similar to cable television; live television streaming services are month-to-month, are low cost, and typically have free trial periods you can take advantage of.

Since there are countless streaming services on the market today,  it can be a little difficult to choose which one to go with. To make that decision easier, here’s a quick rundown of the services to consider and what plan you’ll need:

It’s worth noting that all of these streaming services will grant you streaming access to the NBC Sports app, so regardless of what you choose you’ll be able to get complete coverage of the Olympics. If you don’t want to pay a dime, and you haven’t used up all your free trials, you should be able to string together several free trials from the above services to watch the entire Winter Olympics for free!

Olympic Channel on Youtube

Watch Olympics OnlineTo get your quick fix, don’t forget about the juggernaut Youtube. Almost hourly a new highlights video is uploaded and so cord-cutters never need to miss the action.

Stream Olympic Coverage with a VPN

If you don’t want to spend too much money, and you’ve run out of free trials, you could be tempted to stream the Olympics for free through either the BUK or CBC. If you live in the United States, that could prove difficult as the content is geo-locked, so unless you’re in Canada or England you can’t stream.

Because this method is technically illegal and can open your computer up to nasty viruses, we cannot advise this option. Alternatively, we suggest going the free trial route. No risk, and no funds needed – just make sure you cancel before the trial ends.

Sound off! Which Olympic event are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!

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