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The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are underway. The 23rd edition of the Olympic Winter Games gathers the best athletes for an exciting month of winter sports and the best athletes in the world!
Are you excited for this year’s Winter Olympics but lacking a way to watch online? I’ll cover how you can watch the likes of Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn from anywhere in the world!
How to Watch the 2018 Winter Olympics Online
Watching the Winter Olympics 2018 Online couldn’t be easier – simply follow the steps below to get all the action from PyeongChang!
- Decide & sign up for one of the viewing options below.
- Choose from our best VPN services list, or sign straight up to my personal favorite, ExpressVPN.
- Download and install the VPN on the device you want to watch the Winter Olympics on.
- Connect to a VPN server in a country where the stream will be available: the US for Sling TV/fuboTV/NBC Sports, the UK for BBC, or anywhere in Europe for Eurosport.
- Go to the streaming option you’ve selected and start streaming the Winter Olympics.
- That’s it! Make sure you keep the VPN connected while streaming to avoid any buffering issues.
The best VPNs for Watching the Winter Olympics
Use any one of the VPNs to unblock all Winter Olympics action today!
- ExpressVPN – Perfect for HD streaming and super-fast US servers make it great for Sling TV
- VyprVPN – Stealth technology makes it a great choice for getting into BBC iPlayer
- NordVPN – Huge server network across Europe makes it the best choice for EuroSport
Watching the Winter Olympics Online: Streaming Options
There are a number of streaming options available for those who want to watch The Winter Olympics 2018 online. Below we take a look at the services showing all the action from PyeongChang – all you have to do is decide which best suits you needs.
Sling TV or fuboTV – Live stream American Coverage
Sling TV is a popular cord-cutting service that gives access to NBC Sports with its basic “Sling Orange” package. With NBC Sports holding broadcasting rights for the Winter Olympics in the US, Sling TV is an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss a second of the action.
FuboTV is another option for those looking to access NBC Sports without a cable TV subscription. Although primarily a soccer streaming service, the ability to log in to NBC Sports using a fuboTV account is perfect for avoiding those pricey cable subscriptions.
Both Sling TV and fuboTV offer a seven-day free trial which lets you stream the Winter Olympics for free! These streaming services also enjoy awesome compatibility with a number of devices and platforms, including Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast, Android, and iOS.
Unfortunately, the one issue with Sling TV and fuboTV is that geo-blocking means the streaming service is only available to US residents. Keep reading to see how you can unblock Sling TV from outside the US!
Eurosport – Live stream European Coverage
Eurosport has the rights for the Winter Olympics through Discovery Communications (parent company) and will be broadcasting the event from 2018-2024. Those living in Europe can purchase a monthly pass to Eurosport for €4.99, or pay €29.99 for an annual subscription.
Unfortunately, Eurosport is similar to Sling TV and fubo TV in the sense that the service is geo-restricted to European viewers only. This means that anyone outside of Europe will need a VPN to unblock Eurosport and stream the Winter Olympics. Follow my step-by-step instructions below to unblock Eurosport from anywhere in the world!
YouTube TV is a new streaming service that is a great option for watching the Winter Olympics online. Available in major US cities like Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, and Los Angeles, YouTube TV allows you to pay a flat rate to stream live TV, with NBC Sports and live Olympic coverage included! New users also have a seven day free trial of YouTube TV to try out the service before purchasing. You only need a Google account (and relevant payment details) to sign up!
The one issue that most people will have with YouTube TV is that is currently only available in a handful of US cities. If you are outside of these select cities you can use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to unblock YouTube TV!
How to Live Stream the Winter Olympics for Free
BBC iPlayer – UK Coverage
The BBC will have full broadcasting rights for the 2018 Winter Olympics in the UK. This is great news, as a big chunk of the Winter Olympics (covering mainly British athletes) will be broadcast for free on BBC iPlayer.
As you probably guessed, BBC iPlayer is blocked from outside the UK, meaning people in other countries wanting to tune in will have to use a VPN to access BBC iPlayer. Follow my directions below to see how you can unblock BBC iPlayer and watch the 2018 Winter Olympics for free!
TVPlayer.com – A variety of Coverage
TVPlayer.com is a 100% legal and free online streaming service.
Based in the UK, this service offers hundreds of channels – some of which will be showing coverage of Winter Olympic events. The only downside is that only certain channels are offered for free, so access to certain events will be limited.
Winter Olympics 2018: Other Broadcasting Options
A number of other TV broadcasters around the world will also be covering the 2018 Winter Olympics. The biggest of these channels are SBS (South Korea), France Télévisions (France), and bein Sports (Middle East, North Africa).
Check out the full list of Winter Olympics 2018 TV broadcasters to see who is covering the event in your country.
2018 Winter Olympics: Event Information
When are the 2018 Winter Olympics?
The opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics begins at 8:00 AM EST on Friday, February 9th. You can watch the Winter Olympics ceremony online. The following two weeks will feature exciting competitions in figure skating, hockey, skiing, and more!
Check out the preliminary schedule of the 2018 Winter Olympics!
Where Are the Winter Olympics?
South Korea will be the host after Pyeongchang beat out Munich and Annecy for the rights to the Games back in 2011. This will be South Korea’s second time hosting after the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul.
Pyeongchang itself is one of the northernmost regions of South Korea, known for it’s mountainous geography and long, snowy winters. Perfect for the Winter Games!
Winter Olympics 2018: News
The hot topic regarding the 2018 Winter Games is the banishment of the Russian Olympic Committee after a lengthy investigation found that doping among Russian athletes went unchecked and was even encouraged. While some Russian athletes will be competing under a neutral flag, the banishment of a country the size of Russia will definitely have an effect on the Games.
The other big news with this year’s Winter Games are the security concerns amid rising regional tension due to North Korea’s nuclear tests and missile launches. While Austria, France, Germany and even the US have reportedly considered skipping the games, all countries now look set to attend.
2018 Winter Olympics: Schedule for Feb. 16-19 (All times EST)
Friday, February 16
- Men’s Curling (U.S. vs. Sweden) 12:00 AM
- Men’s Cross Country (15km gold medal final) 1:00 AM
- Luge (team relay gold medal final) 1:05 AM
- Men’s biathlon (20km gold medal final) 1:05 AM
- Men’s Ice Hockey (Finland vs. Norway) 7:00 AM
- Women’s Speed Skating (5,000m Gold medal final) 10:45 AM
- Medal Ceremonies 1:15 PM
- Men’s Cross Country (15km gold medal final) 3:00 PM
- Figure Skating (Men’s gold medal final) 8:00 PM
- Men’s Ice Hockey: Canada vs. Czech Republic 10:10 PM
Saturday, February 17
- Women’s Freestyle Skiing (slopestyle gold medal final) 12:35 AM
- Women’s Curling (U.S. vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia) 12:30 AM
- Men’s Curling (Canada vs. Sweden) 5:00 AM
- Men’s Ice Hockey (USA vs. Olympic Athletes of Russia) 7:10 AM
- Women’s Biathlon (12.5km Mass Start Gold medal final) 11:30 AM
- Short Track (men’s 1000m and women’s 15000 gold medal finals) 12:30 PM
- Women’s Skeleton (gold medal final runs) 1:30 PM
- Men’s Ski Jumping (individual large hill gold medal final) 2:30 PM
- Women’s Cross Country (4x5km Relay Gold medal final) 3:00 PM
- Women’s Curling (U.S. vs. Canada) 5:00 PM
- Women’s Skeleton (gold medal final runs) 8:00 PM
- Men’s Ski Jumping (individual large hill gold medal final) 8:00 PM
- Men’s Freestyle Skiing (slopestyle gold medal final) 11:30 PM
Sunday, February 18
- Men’s Curling (U.S. vs. Japan) 12:30 AM
- Men’s Ice Hockey (Czech Republic vs. Switzerland) 2:40 AM
- Men’s Freestyle Skiing (Aerials gold medal final) 10:15 AM
- Men’s Biathlon (15km mass start gold medal final) 12:00 PM
- Men’s Freestyle Skiing (aerials gold medal final) 3:00 PM
- Men’s Curling (U.S. vs. Norway) 4:00 PM
- Women’s Speed Skating (500m gold medal final) 7:00 PM
- Men’s Freestyle Skiing (aerials gold medal final) 10:15 PM
- Women’s Ice Hockey (semifinal) 11:00 PM
These are just some of the many events that will be on display in Pyeongchang for the opening weekend. Check out the official schedule of the 2018 Winter Olympics to see when your favorite athletes and sports are on!
Winter Olympics Medal Count- Updated on February 15
Total Winter Olympic Medals
- Norway- 16 (5 Gold)
- Germany- 16 (8 Gold)
- Netherlands- 11 (5 Gold)
- Canada- 11 (3 Gold)
- USA- 8 (5 Gold)
- Japan- 7 (0 Gold)
- France- 6 (3 Gold)
- Sweden- 5 (3 Gold)
What country is your pick to win the most medals at the 24th Olympic Winter Games? Does the US continue dominating the medal count or will a new challenger appear? Share your thoughts in the comments below!