The Olympics are always riveting, but the stakes seem much higher for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
North Korea, of course, has been ramping up its ballistic missile program, prompting concern about an attack in South Korea and around the globe. Ahead of the games, however, North and South Korea reached a detente of sorts that will allow North Korean athletes to compete in PyeongChang.
There will be 19 days of competition, with events taking place all day long, and some starting even before the Feb. 9 opening ceremony. That’s thousands of hours of TV; depending on where you live, you could be up in the middle of the night glued to bobsledding, skiing, or skating.
Wherever you are, though, there are several options for watching online, for cord cutters and the cable TV faithful alike.
NBC is the official network of the games, so it will air everything on TV, of course. But for those moments when you’re out and about (or pretending to work), NBC will offer livestreams, replays, highlights, and the Leslie Jones enthusiasm we all need on NBCOlympics.com.
NBC paid more than $4 billion for the rights to the games through 2020, so it’s not giving this away for free. You’ll need a pay TV login or one of the services mentioned below to watch everything on the web; scan the livestream schedule ahead of time so you don’t miss a thing.
2NBC Sports App
NBC’s official app will have every event, both live and on-demand, as well as highlights. Get it iOS, Android, and Windows devices; streaming-media players Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire; the Xbox; and Samsung smart TVs. Again, you’ll need a pay TV login to watch.
3NBC Sports VR
Intel partnered with NBC to provide some content in VR, which you can check out via NBC Sports VR app. You’ll feel like you’re in PyeongChang. Almost.
4Sling TVSling Blue customers can watch the Olympics on computers, mobile devices, set-top boxes, and gaming consoles. Those who live in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Washington D.C., Miami/Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, and Hartford/New Haven have access to all live NBC coverage. Hundreds of hours of events will also be split across CNBC, NBCSN, and USA and will be available to all Sling Blue customers, regardless of market.
5Hulu With Live TVHulu With Live TV subscribers get all of NBC’s coverage included with the $39.99-per-month service. If you already have the service, you can watch on streaming media players, game consoles, and mobile devices. If you don’t there’s a one-week free trial to see if the service is right for you (or to check out the opening ceremony and a few match-ups before you cancel).