How to Watch the Winter Olympics: Live Stream Beijing 2022 Games Online Free

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Winter-Olympics-Beijing-2022 - Credit: NBCUniversal
Winter-Olympics-Beijing-2022 - Credit: NBCUniversal

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Light that torch! After the uncertainly of whether the games would still be on due to the rise of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the Beijing Winter Olympics officially kicked off with the Opening Ceremony on February 4. The games are now into its second week, wrapping up on February 20 with the Closing Ceremony.

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Organizers announced prior to the games that international spectators would be barred from attending, and only a limited number of “selected” spectators would be allowed at all in-person, at any events in Beijing. So if you want to watch the Olympics this year, the only way you’ll be able to cheer on your favorite athletes is from home.

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This year’s Winter Olympic games have also added seven new events, from women’s monobobsled, to freestyle skiing big air (men and women), and a number of mixed team events. That brings the number of Olympics events up to 109, an all-time high, so there’s more to watch now than ever before.

NBCUniversal is once again the main broadcast partner for 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Games programming across cable, broadcast, and digital platforms, with Peacock being the official streaming home of the 2022 Olympics. Your basic-cable package like this one we like from Verizon will let you watch the Olympics on TV.

But if you’ve cut the cord and want to watch the Olympics without cable, there are other ways to catch the daily live sports, Olympics channels, highlights, and event replays so you can stream the competition for free online. Here are all the details you need to know.

When Are the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics?

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics run from Friday, February 4 to Sunday, February 20. The second week of the Olympics feature events like figure skating, speed skating and the men’s and women’s hockey finals.

Beijing is also 13 hours ahead of U.S. ET and 16 hours ahead of PT, so keep in mind that some events will be early in the morning if you want to watch live in the U.S.

How to Watch the Winter Olympics on TV

If you want to watch the Olympics on TV, you’ll either need a traditional cable package these plans from AT&T, which you can order now) or you can tune in to NBC and its affiliates through a digital antenna if you have one.

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The digital antenna above gets you access to your local NBC affiliate to watch the Winter Olympics on your TV. It supports up to 4K broadcasts too, and its 250-plus-mile range means your signal will be strong. Order the antenna through Amazon Prime and have it delivered in time to watch the Winter Olympics.

The Beijing Winter Olympics will air on TV across NBC, USA, CNBC, and the Olympic Channel, though the latter three channels will require a cable subscription like this one from Verizon Fios. If you have cable access to NBC, you can also watch livestream coverage of the Winter Olympics for free through the NBC Sports app (just sign in with their cable provider). For everyone else, here’s how to watch or stream the events online.

How to Watch the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Online

Even though games will be available to watch across multiple television channels, if you don’t have a traditional cable package, you can always get NBC, USA, and more through a number of live-TV streaming services.

1. Watch the Winter Olympics on Peacock

If you want to stream the Olympics online, you can sign up for NBCUniversal’s own streaming service, Peacock. Since the 2022 Winter Olympic Games are airing on NBC, you can stream the event live (including opening and closing ceremonies) on Peacock for free through the app, which includes viewing from a laptop, smartphone, or smart TV. With Peacock you’ll also get access to NBC’s other live events and upcoming live sports such as WWE events, and this year’s Super Bowl.

For the first time, Peacock Premium subscribers also get to livestream over 2,800+ hours of NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympic Games. There’s two tiers for Peacock Premium, including a $4.99/month ad-supported plan, and a $9.99/month ad-free plan. Both plans give you access to the complete NBC coverage of the Winter Olympic Games.

Watch the Olympics live on Peacock with a daily livestream of events, or watch everything from figure skating replays to snowboarding highlights on demand. Sort by your favorite sport or by event day to stream the Winter games online.


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2. Watch the Winter Olympics on fuboTV

Another way to stream the Olympics live online is through fuboTV. A subscription to fubo gets you more than 200 TV channels, including the NBC channel, where you can stream the Beijing Olympics live. Fubo also gets you access to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and you get hours of cloud-based DVR storage if you don’t want to wake up and watch the events live.

A subscription to fuboTV starts at $64.99 a month though the site is offering a 7-day free trial here that you can use to watch the Olympics online free.


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3. Watch the Winter Olympics on Hulu + Live TV

You may already be aware of the original series and on-demand programming from Hulu, but the streaming service’s Hulu + Live TV plan will also get you access to NBC (and more than 75 other television channels) so you can watch the Winter Olympics online. Hulu will let you watch live stream coverage of the Olympics from your TV, tablet, laptop, or other connected device.

Pricing for Hulu + Live TV starts at $69.99 a month for live TV streaming and on-demand access to all of Hulu’s programming.


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4. Watch the Winter Olympics on Sling TV

Sling TV’s Blue Plan gets you access to NBC (in select markets) along with MSNBC, USA, Bravo, and more to watch the Olympics live. Sling TV plans start at $25 per month, but right now, the streamer is offering a free trial so you can try out the service and watch the Winter Olympics.

Sling TV lets you customize which channels you want on your plan, so you get access to 30+ other cable channels in addition to streaming the Olympic Games on NBC. Sling TV’s app pairs with virtually any device to let you watch the 2022 Olympics live from your phone, computer, tablet, and more.


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How to Stream the Winter Olympics Online Free

Peacock doesn’t offer a free trial, but if Spectrum is your internet service provider, the company is now offering free Peacock subscriptions to those who want to cut the cord and stream the Winter Olympics online. You can learn more about this Peacock deal here and use it to stream the Olympics online free.

You can also watch the Winter Olympics for free by using this 7-day free trial to fuboTV. Use it to watch the second week of events at the Beijing Olympics, including figure skating, speed skating, snowboarding, hockey and curling. You can then cancel your subscription or continue on for the $64.99 monthly fee.


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Another way to watch the Olympics online free? Use this 7-day free trial to Sling, which not only gets you access to NBC, but also to Olympics coverage on NBC-affiliated stations like USA. Use the trial to watch marquee events like Olympic figure skating online for free on NBC, and other events, like luge and skiing on USA.


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