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The 2022 Winter Olympics are still a ways off, but we're already excited about what's on the schedule in Beijing! After an incredible 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the winter games are sticking with the far East. That means that catching events live might mean staying up very late or getting up very early, but don't worry: Some of the biggest events will be re-broadcast in prime time here in the United States. Just make sure you don't see any spoilers!
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream the Winter Olympics:
Of course, if you're going to catch the Winter Olympics on TV as a cord cutter, then you're going to have to figure out how to watch the Winter Olympics without cable. In this guide, we'll show you how to unlock legal Winter Olympics live streams on your favorite streaming devices – and even how to watch the Winter Olympics for free.
NBC owns the rights to TV broadcasts of the Olympics. For the most part, that means that events will air on NBC's sports network, NBCSN. But the biggest moments of the games will be bumped up to NBC itself. NBC-owned networks USA Network and CNBC featured Olympics action in 2018, so they're a safe bet to get broadcasts in 2022, too.
So how can you watch the Winter Olympics without cable? Well, that's the same as asking how to get NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, and CNBC without cable.
NBC is the easiest of these networks to get, because it's available over the air in many areas. We'll talk a bit more about that later on, but the first handful of entries on our list of ways to watch the Winter Olympics without cable will cover all of the channels we need. That's pretty impressive, so let's examine these services a bit more closely.
The services in question are all live TV streaming services, sometimes called “skinny bundles.” They're out to beat cable at its own game, offering lower prices and expansive platform support while still delivering the one thing cable's good for: live network television.
These services offer-slimmed-down bundles of your favorite channels. The ones on our list below will give you access to NBC's best networks, including NBC – with one catch. Not every one of NBC's many, many local affiliates has signed deals with each live TV streaming services, so that means that an NBC live stream is available only in select markets through each of the live TV streaming services we'll cover here. In the case of NBCSN and the other channels, though, coverage is universal.
Let's move on now to the list, which will start with the aforementioned live TV streaming services before moving on to free over-the-air TV and an Olympics-specific website that will help you secure a Winter Olympics live stream. Here's how to watch the Winter Olympics without cable.
Stream the Winter Olympics for free with Hulu
Hulu + Live TV is the live TV streaming service from Hulu, a company that is already established as a streaming giant thanks to its respected streaming video on demand (SVOD) service. Hulu's base bundle includes access to live streams of NBC, NBC Sports, and other NBC-owned channels. It's a great way to watch the games, and it offers a free trial!
Stream the Winter Olympics for free with fuboTV
fuboTV is a skinny bundle built with sports fans in mind, so it makes sense that the service offers great live Winter Olympics coverage. fuboTV's bundle includes NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, and USA Network, among other channels.
Stream the Winter Olympics with Sling TV
Sling TV is designed to keep your skinny bundle solution cost-effective. The idea is that you create your own skinny bundle: you start with one (or both) of Sling's two base packages, and then you add “Extras,” which are mini-bundles of similar channels grouped by genre. This makes it easy to grab channels like NBCSN on the cheap. The only bad news is that, as of this writing, Sling TV doesn't have NBC itself.
AT&T TV Now was formerly known as DirecTV Now. The name has changed, but the service remains one of our favorite ways to watch live TV without cable. Among the channels available through AT&T TV Now are those that you'll need in order to watch the Winter Olympics.
Google's live TV streaming service is another great way to catch the Olympics on TV without cable. YouTube TV's bundle of channels includes NBC, NBCSN, and more.
NBC's flagship network is a broadcast TV network. That means that NBC's local affiliates all over the country broadcast the network over the air – for free. Yes, it's still possible to watch the Winter Olympics for free in the same way past generations did. All you'll need is a modern antenna with enough range to pick up your nearest NBC affiliate. This is a great way to watch the Winter Olympics without cable if you care most about the big events, including the opening and closing ceremonies. But keep in mind that it's not a way to watch the stuff on NBCSN, CNBC, or USA Network – for that, you'll have to watch the Winter Olympics online using one of the other methods on this list.
If you subscribe to one of the live TV streaming services on this list, you'll be able to watch the Winter Olympics without cable on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast. Let's break down the platform support details a little further, shall we?
Let's say you're a Roku user. In that case, you could use the following services to stream the Winter Olympics without cable: Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.
More of a Fire TV person? No problem. Just check out Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, or YouTube TV.
Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV all work on Apple TV.
Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV have apps for Android TV.
You can use Chromecast via supported apps from 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 work on mobile devices (including iOS and Android devices), and each will also work on your Mac or PC.
Even video game systems are good options: Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV work well on Xbox One. Hulu + Live TV also works on PlayStation 4.
Get a VPN. Watch CBC. It will be Canada-centric but you’ll get most of the events.
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