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The Olympics only come around once every four years, so you don't want to miss the thrilling broadcast when it's on. But how for cord cutters, catching all of the action can be tough. How can you watch or stream the Olympics without cable?

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream the Olympics:

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$5.99 – $85.96 68 – 88 7 or 30 days

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$54.99 – $86.96 100+ 7 days

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$30 – $70 50+ 3 days

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Thankfully, you do have some options. Here's our complete guide to watching the 2020 Olympics!

What channel is the Olympics on?

We're going to come up with some great ways to watch live TV without cable. But which channels do we need?

The broadcast rights to the Olympics are held by NBCUniversal, which means that we're going to be looking for coverage on NBC-owned networks. In particular, we'll want to lock down NBCSN and NBC itself.

How to watch the Olympics online and over the air without cable

Back in the day, you needed a cable subscription to get NBC-owned channels like NBCSN, CNBC, and the rest. But that's not true anymore. Thanks to live TV streaming services, or “skinny bundles,” it's easier than ever to watch channels like these without cable.

Below, we'll list all of the ways in which you can watch the Olympics without cable. That includes the aforementioned skinny bundles as well as free over-the-air TV!

Stream the Olympics for free with Hulu

Free Trial

Hulu + Live TV is a live TV streaming service controlled by Disney. The channel selection is great, and it includes the channels that we'll need in order to watch the Olympics without cable — namely, NBC and NBCSN.

Stream the Olympics for free with fuboTV

Free Trial

fuboTV likes to bill itself as the best live TV streaming service for sports fans. That may or may not be true, but you'll certainly find plenty of sports coverage on fuboTV during the Olympics. That's because this service offers live streams of NBC and NBCSN.

Stream the Olympics with Sling TV

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As of this writing, Sling does not offer NBC. However, it does offer NBCSN and other NBC-owned stations.

AT&T TV Now

If you want to get live streams of NBC and NBCSN and watch the Olympics without cable, then you should consider AT&T TV Now. Formerly known as DirecTV Now, this is AT&T's live TV streaming service.

YouTube TV

Google's live TV streaming service offers live streams of both NBC and NBCSN, which makes it a strong choice for folks who want to catch all of the biggest moments at this year's Olympic games.

Free over-the-air TV

NBC has the rights to the Olympics this year, which means that the biggest events (including the opening and closing ceremonies) will be broadcast on NBC's flagship station. And if you live in an urban or suburban area, the odds are very good that you can get all of those broadcasts for free over the air.

More minor events will be limited to NBCSN and won't be available, but the biggest moments from the games will be available to most cord cutters over the air, so now is a great time to invest in a decent antenna and watch great content for free. Remember, OTA broadcasts can do just about everything that cable broadcasts can. Over-the-air TV is available in high definition, and you can even record OTA broadcasts using OTA DVRs.

Can I watch the Olympics on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast?

You certainly can!

You can stream the Olympics on Roku using your choice of Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV all have apps for Amazon's Fire TV platform.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV work on Apple TV.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV support Google's Android TV platform.

You can stream Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV to Chromecast via supported apps.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV also support mobile devices running iOS or Android. You can tune in on your computer using the in-browser apps offered by Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Hulu + Live TV works on PlayStation 4. Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all work well on Xbox One.

3 thoughts on “How to Watch and Stream the Olympics Without Cable

  1. Avatar Lauren Davis says:

    My advice for what it’s worth Spend $10 on HideMyAss VPN for the month and use the BBC UK coverage. No adverts and olympics every moment of every sport available live and for catch-up.

  2. Avatar Damon Easley says:

    This is bulls***. Over-the-air networks should be available with a simple HD antenna and not a cable subscription of any kind.

  3. Avatar Mark Tapscott says:

    I find, as Taylor notes, using a personal VPN (mine is PureVpn), setting a location like Vancouver, BC, and then accessing CBC.ca’s live streams and Google Casting it from my laptop to my Chromecast works quite nicely. It also avoids the “video stream not available in your region” issue you inevitably get after the ads conveniently roll. I got he guide from “VPN Sports”.

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