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The 2022 Winter Olympics are coming up fast. While the 2020 Games were delayed a year because of the then-new coronavirus pandemic, there’s no sign that organizers in Beijing are even thinking of delaying things, though they are taking a ton of precautions, including mandatory daily COVID tests for athletes. Catching events live may mean staying up pretty late or getting up very early, but some of the biggest and best events will be rebroadcast in primetime in the United States. Just make sure to steer clear of news and social media sites if you want to avoid spoilers, though.
If you’re going to catch the Winter Olympics 2022 in Beijing on TV as a cord-cutter, then you’ll 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 livestreams on your favorite streaming devices — and even how to watch the Winter Olympics for free.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream the Winter Olympics 2022:
Want to know when the Winter Olympics 2022 starts and details about the sporting events? Look no further! Here's everything you need to know:
While the official Opening Ceremony beginning the games doesn't start until February 4th at 6:30 a.m. ET (rebroadcasted at 8 p.m. ET during primetime), some sports will have already started on February 2nd and 3rd, including curling, ice hockey, freestyle skiing (moguls), and figure skating. There are more than 100 events being contested at the 2022 Winter Olympics, so we can’t list them all. That said, here's a table with the schedule of events for each day throughout the games:
NBC owns the broadcast rights to the Olympics, and the biggest moments of the games will air on NBC itself. NBC-owned networks USA Network and CNBC will also be broadcasting much of the action straight from Beijing. Check out these prominent livestreaming services that carry NBC, USA Network, CNBC, or the Olympic Channel to catch every moment of the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Stream Winter Olympics 2022 With DIRECTV Stream
Our pick for one of the best ways to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics is DIRECTV STREAM, as it comes with all the NBC Network channels. Even after the games are over, you will have unprecedented access to numerous channels that will more than fulfill that cable subscription-sized hole in your life. Check out our review of DIRECTV STREAM for yourself to see what they have to offer.
Stream Winter Olympics 2022 With Hulu
Hulu + Live TV is the live TV streaming service from Hulu. Hulu’s base bundle includes access to livestreams of NBC, USA, and other NBC-owned channels. It’s a great way to watch ice skating, curling, and all your favorite Winter Olympics sports. Best of all, it comes with a free trial.
Stream Winter Olympics 2022 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, CNBC, and USA Network, among other NBC channels.
Stream Winter Olympics 2022 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 add “extras,” which are mini-bundles of channels grouped by genre. With Sling TV you can get access to NBC, USA, CNBC, and the Olympic Channel.
Google’s live TV streaming service is another great way to catch the Olympics on TV without cable. The YouTube TV channel bundle includes NBC, USA, CNBC, and the Olympic Channel. We were impressed by this service when we tested it for our YouTube TV review.
Peacock, NBC's streaming service, will be for the first time the home of the Olympics for viewers. Download this app to your favorite device to watch all the snowboarding and skiing until your heart's content. Before you go that route, we recommend reading our review of Peacock, so you know what we found.
The NBC Sports app is a great way to keep up with the 2022 Winter Olympics and view some of the most prominent events. Whether you have an Apple or Android device, Xbox or Roku, you have access to this app and all the Olympics events that come with it.
Don't have one of the other streaming services? No problem! You can catch live events and highlights from your favorite winter sports on the NBC Olympics website. You can even find interviews here with some of the most prominent athletes of the games.
NBC is a broadcast TV network, meaning NBC’s local affiliates all over the country broadcast the network over the air for free. Yes, it’s still possible to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics for free the same way past generations did, and all you’ll need is a modern antenna with enough range to pick up your nearest NBC affiliate. This method 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.
Knowing where to watch the Winter Olympics is only half of the battle. You'll also want to know if you can catch them on your favorite device, whether it's on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast. Check out the following table to be sure your device has the support you need to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics:
Passing on cable TV doesn’t mean you have to pass on all the action and energy of the Winter Olympics. But the Winter Olympics are on a very fixed schedule: once the torch is extinguished on February 20th, that’s all she wrote, at least until the 2026 Winter Games in Italy.
Fortunately, there are plenty of other exciting sporting events to watch. One of our favorites is March Madness, which happens (as you might have guessed) in March of every year. This tournament is full of upsets and viral moments. We’ve got the scoop on how to watch all the games in our guide to watching March Madness without cable.
Can't wait for the next Olympics? Make sure to check back soon for all the details related to the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics when the time comes. From everything to how to watch to what events are happening, you can find them here.
Get a VPN. Watch CBC. It will be Canada-centric but you’ll get most of the events.
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