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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! Catching events live may mean staying up very late or getting up very early, but some of the biggest events will be rebroadcast in prime time 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:
If you’re going to catch the Winter Olympics 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.
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 featured Olympics action in 2018, so they’re a safe bet to get broadcasts in 2022 too. NBCSN — long a mainstay of NBC’s sports coverage — is scheduled to cease operations by the end of 2021, so it will be gone by the time the 2022 Winter Olympics roll around. We’ll keep an eye out for USA Network instead, since some NBC Sports coverage will air there — including, presumably, the Winter Olympics.
Fortunately, plenty of skinny bundles include NBC and its affiliated networks. Let’s take a look at the ones that’ll let you watch the Winter Olympics without cable.
Stream the Winter Olympics with DIRECTV Stream
Its name has changed a few times, but DIRECTV Stream remains one of our favorite ways to watch live TV without cable. DIRECTV Stream includes the channels you need to watch the Winter Olympics: NBC (in most markets), USA, and the rest of the NBC family of channels.
Stream the Winter Olympics 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 the games, and it offers a free trial.
Stream the Winter Olympics 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 and USA Network, among other NBC 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 add “extras,” which are mini-bundles of channels grouped by genre. Sling TV’s NBC coverage is a little weak — many markets are missing the channel — but it has a USA livestream.
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, and more. We were impressed by this service when we tested it for our YouTube TV review.
NBC’s flagship channel is a broadcast TV network, which means 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 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 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. It’s not, however, a way to watch the stuff on other NBC channels, such as USA Network. For that, you’ll have to use 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.
Video game systems are also good options: Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV work well on Xbox One, and Hulu + Live TV also works on PlayStation 4.
Passing on cable TV doesn’t mean you have to pass on all the action and energy of the Winter Olympics. If you choose a skinny bundle that carries the right networks — or catch some broadcasts over the air — you can still keep up with the events.
Get a VPN. Watch CBC. It will be Canada-centric but you’ll get most of the events.
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