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Don’t Have Cable? Here’s How To Watch The Winter Olympics For Free

The Money Manual
February 13, 2018
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The Olympics kicked off with the opening ceremonies on Feb 8th and will run through Feb 25th. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch it for free and stream it live even if you aren’t paying for cable.

Take into account the time change

The 2018 Winter Olympics are coming to you live from PyeongChang, South Korea, so if you are wanting to watch events live, then you might be up in the middle of the night if you’re in the U.S.

But whether you’re watching it live or watching replays, let’s take a look at how you can get coverage of all of your favorite events, without paying a dime.

Your local NBC channel

NBC has the broadcasting rights and events will be televised live as well as in taped, edited segments on NBC channels across the country. Here is a complete TV listing. If you have a digital antenna or basic TV package you will be able to tune in to NBC for free.

NBC will likely be playing mainly event highlights and pre-taped interviews, so tuning into other channels for live coverage might be your best bet.

But let’s say you don’t have those extra channels. This is where we can save you from paying extra money… 

Did you know that most of the live-streaming TV services all offer 7-day free trial periods? The key to getting coverage all month is to select a few services and spread out your trial periods. Pair this with the free streaming time on NBCOlympics.com and you’ll be more than covered. Here’s how to do it.

Live Stream

To live stream the Olympics or stream events on demand, go to NBCOlympics.com or the NBC Sports mobile app. In the past, NBC has allowed viewers to stream events for a certain period of time without requiring you to log in with an account. This year it you can access this for 30 minutes for free.

If you want more than 30 minutes and you’re not paying for a TV package, your best bet is to sign up for a live-streaming TV service that includes NBC such as DirectTV Now, Hulu Live, Sling TV and YouTube TV.

Fubo TV is another option that doesn’t come with ESPN, but does have Olympic coverage on NBCSN and USA.

All of these options offer 7-day free trial periods. To watch it for more than 7 days, try out a couple different services in different 7-day trial periods. You will be covered through the end of the month! Just don’t forget to cancel your free trial before it automatically charges your credit card next month.

Use a VPN if you’re out of the country

When it comes to streaming content in other countries, it’s best to use a VPN service that offers a fast and reliable connection for consistent streaming (without having to buffer a hundred times an hour). Here are a few we recommend:

NordVPN offers a free 3-day trial, and TunnelBear is free. BufferedVPN is best for PCs.

In the country or out, don’t miss out on cheering for the 2,925 athletes that are competing for the gold (244 from the U.S.) on more than 2.400+ hours of game coverage this month!

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