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In a matter of days, millions of people will be glued to their screens for one of the biggest sporting events: the Winter Olympics.
This year’s games will be held in Beijing, kicking off with the opening ceremony (which will feature 3,000 performers) at the National Stadium, AKA the Bird's Nest. According to Chang Yu, director general of the Beijing Organizing Committee, it’s going to be a “splendid” occasion that "features a lot of highlights." And of course, fans are eager to see how the Winter Olympics will play out, including everything from figure skating and ice hockey to freestyle skiing.
So, how can you watch the athletes? Read on for more details about how to live stream the Winter Olympics.
1. First off, when will the Winter Olympics begin?
The opening ceremony will take place on Friday, February 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Beijing (which is actually 6:30 a.m. ET). The Winter Olympics will conclude on Sunday, February 20.
2. How can I watch the Winter Olympics?
Fans can tune in to NBC, which will not only broadcast the opening ceremony at 7 a.m. ET, but it will also offer daily primetime coverage of all events. (FYI, if you’d rather not wake up at the crack of dawn to watch the ceremony, NBC will also air an enhanced presentation at 8 p.m.)
Also, USA Network and CNBC will broadcast 500 hours of coverage starting Wednesday, February 2—two days ahead of the opening ceremony. For a full breakdown of this year’s Winter Olympics schedule, you can visit the official website.
3. Is there a live stream?
Aside from the live broadcast on NBC, fans can get Olympics coverage on NBCOlympics.com and through the NBC Sports app, which will live stream 2,100+ hours from Beijing. Even better, fans can also watch through NBC’s streaming service, Peacock.
Per Peacock’s official press release, fans can live stream all 2,800+ hours of NBCUniversal’s coverage of the XXIV Olympic Winter Games through a premium membership ($5 a month with ads, $10 a month without). Fans also get access to the opening and closing ceremonies, NBC’s nightly primetime show, medal ceremonies, full replays and highlight clips.
Starting February 5, the Olympic Spotlight Channel will also air four exclusive Olympics shows, including athlete interviews and expert analysis. They include: The Olympics Show (8 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET); Olympic Ice (10 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET); Winter Gold (11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET); and Top Highlights (8 p.m. to 8 a.m. ET).
4. What if I don’t have cable (or Peacock)?
You may not get to stream all 2,800+ hours of coverage, but there are plenty of other streaming services that offer some access to the Winter Olympics. See below for the full list of options.
Hulu (with Live TV): The streaming service offers a wide variety of channels through the Live TV option—including NBC, which means you’ll be able to broadcast the events live.
Roku: If you recall, Roku partnered with NBCUniversal to create an immersive Olympic experience for streamers on the platform. Users can access in-depth coverage of the Winter Olympic Games via the NBC Sports or Peacock channels on all Roku devices. (FYI, a valid subscription is required for NBC Sports.)
YouTube TV: If you’ve signed up for the TV package, YouTube will offer some coverage of the sporting events through their Olympic Channel.
Sling TV: If you have the Sling Blue package with Sports Extra, you’ll have access to the Olympic Channel, which includes live events and year-round coverage of sports from around the globe. Still, the service has limited coverage rights to stream the Olympics, so you may not get to see everything that’s going down.
FuboTV: This sports streaming service also has limited coverage rights with NBC, but it includes the Olympic Channel as part of their package.
Amazon Fire TV: Fire TV customers will have access to a landing page and guide that breaks down all the ways to watch the 2022 Olympic Games via Fire TV. However, users will need to sign in with a valid subscription to at least one of the following platforms: NBC Sports, Peacock, SLING TV, YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV.