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Light that torch! After uncertainty over whether the games would go ahead due to the rise of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the Beijing Winter Olympics will officially begin with the opening ceremony on February 4. The games, which will run until February 20, might look a little different this year, but will still be a place to showcase the talents of top athletes from around the world.
The organizers announced that international spectators would be forbidden to attend, and only a limited number of “selected” spectators will be allowed in person, at all events in Beijing. So if you want to watch the Olympics this year, the only way to cheer on your favorite athletes is from home (though you can still order official Winter Olympics merchandise and gear online).
This year’s Winter Olympics also added seven new events, from women’s monobobsleigh to big air freestyle skiing (men’s and women’s) and a number of mixed team events. This brings the number of Olympic events to 109, an all-time high, so there’s more to watch now than ever before.
NBCUniversal is once again the premier broadcast partner for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics programming across cable, broadcast and digital platforms, with Peacock serving as the official streaming site for the 2022 Olympics. basic like this one we love 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 watch 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 will the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics take place?
The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics take place from Friday February 4 to Sunday February 20. That being said, certain events like curling, ice hockey and freestyle skiing will all be the stars before the opening ceremonies, with some curling events starting as early as February 2.
Beijing is also 13 hours ahead of US ET and 16 hours ahead of PT, so keep in mind that some events will take place early in the morning if you want to watch live in the US.
How to watch the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics
If you want to watch the Olympics on TV, you’ll either need a traditional cable plan those AT&T planswhich you can order now) or you can tune into NBC and its affiliates through a digital antenna if you have one.
The digital antenna above gives you access to your local NBC affiliate to watch the Winter Olympics on your TV. It also supports broadcasts up to 4K, and its 250+ 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.
While the Beijing Winter Olympics will be televised on NBC, in the US, on CNBC and the Olympic Channel. If you have cable access to NBC, you can also watch the Winter Olympics live stream for free via NBC Sports App (just connect with their cable provider). For everyone else, here’s how to watch or stream the events online.
How to watch the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics online
Even though the games will be available to watch on multiple TV channels, if you don’t have a traditional cable plan, you can still get NBC, USA and more through a number of live streaming services.
1. Watch the Winter Olympics on Sling TV
Sling TV’s blue plan gives you access to NBC 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 try so you can try out the service and watch the Winter Olympics.
Sling TV lets you customize the channels you want on your plan, so you have access to over 30 other cable channels in addition to streaming the Olympics on NBC. The Sling TV app pairs with virtually any device to let you watch the 2021 Olympics live from your phone, computer, tablet, and more.
2. Watch the Winter Olympics on fuboTV
Another way to stream the Olympics live online is to fuboTV. A subscription to fubo gives you access to over 200 TV channels, including the NBC channel, where you can stream the Beijing Olympics live. Fubo also gives 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.
3. Watch the Winter Olympics on Hulu + Live TV
You may already be aware of original series and on-demand programming from Hulu, but the streaming service is Hulu + Live TV Package will also give you access to NBC (and over 60 other TV channels) so you can watch the Winter Olympics, live sports and more. Hulu will allow you to watch event coverage from your TV, tablet, laptop or other connected device.
4. Watch the Winter Olympics on Peacock
If you want to stream the Olympics online, you can sign up for NBCUniversal’s streaming service, peacock. Since the 2022 Winter Olympics airs on NBC, you can stream the event live (including the 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 other NBC live events and upcoming live sports such as WWE events and this year’s Super Bowl.
For the first time, Peacock Premium subscribers can also stream live over 2,800 hours of NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics. There are two tiers for Peacock Premium, including an ad-supported plan at $4.99/month and an ad-free plan at $9.99/month. Both plans give you access to full NBC coverage of the Winter Olympics.
How to stream the Winter Olympics for free online
If Spectrum is your internet service provider, the company is now offering free Peacock subscriptions for those who want to cut the cord and stream the Winter Olympics online. You can read more about it Peacock offer here.
For a mix of live coverage, on-demand content, clips, highlights, and replays all in one place, Hulu also offers a 7 day free trial so you can watch the Olympics. Test it out and get instant access to NBC to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics without cable.
The Beijing Winter Olympics are also available to watch online for free with Peacock Premium’s 7 day free trial. It will give you everything the platform has to offer, plus more of your favorite NBC programs and exclusive Peacock content.