The 2018 Winter Games are less than a week away. While the Opening Ceremonies kick off on Feb. 9 in South Korea’s PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, NBC starts its prime-time figure skating coverage the night before on February 8th.
Every moment of the 2018 Winther Olympics will be aired on an NBC owned network. This guide will cover the networks you will need to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics without a cable TV subscription.
What Channels are The Olympics On
With NBC owning the U.S. TV rights, the 2018 Winter games will air on a combination of NBC, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), CNBC, and the USA Network. Here is what to expect from each channel.
NBC will air 176 hours of Olympic coverage throughout the games. Broadcast NBC primetime coverage will focus on live coverage of alpine skiing, figure skating, and snowboard/freestyle skiing. Daytime coverage will start at 3 pm ET, and after primetime live coverage will air across all time zones after the local NBC news broadcast.
NBCSN will air 369 hours of events. This will include live primetime coverage and 10 days of 24-hour programming. Gold medal finals of bobsled, hockey, snowboarding, short track and luge will air on NBCSN.
CNBC will provide 46 hours of coverage featuring curling, while USA Network will include 40.5 hours of Olympic coverage featuring curling and hockey.
How to Watch The Olympics without Cable
Every moment of the nearly 2000 hours of the 2018 Winter Olympics will be available for you to watch on the NBC Sports App and NBCOlympics.com. However, both will require a pay-TV provider login. Luckily, the following live TV streaming services authentication credentials will work:
Simply log in to NBCOlympics.com or download the NBC Sports App and use the login credentials for your provider when prompted. The NBC Sports App is supported on the following devices:
- Apple TV
- Fire TV
- iOS and Android
- Win 10, Xbox One
- 2016 Samsung Tizen Smart TV
If you are simply interested in the broadcast NBC Olympic coverage, the easiest way to do this is by using a TV antenna. It’s free! However, if you do subscribe to one of the services listed above, many carry the local NBC affiliate in quite a few markets. Check the guide on watching local channels for more information.
Watch the 2018 Winter Olympics Free!
Sling TV Blue package is $25 dollars per month and is likely your cheapest option. However, each of these services offers a 1-week free trial or longer. This will enable you to watch all the Olympic coverage for free. The Winter Olympics lasts for 18-days. Simply take advantage of free trials from three services and that will allow you to watch every moment of the Olympics free of charge!
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