You can watch the Winter Olympics online -- but it might cost you

Getty ImagesNBC is the exclusive broadcaster of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea
  • The 2018 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony is on Friday at 6 a.m. ET (live) and 8 p.m. ET (taped)
  • NBC is the official broadcaster of the Olympics and is airing coverage on all of its networks.
  • If you don’t have cable, standalone streaming TV services are your best bet, like YouTube TV. They cost from $US30-40 a month.

The 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea kicks off on Friday at 6 a.m. ET (live) and 8 p.m. (taped) – and here’s how to get in on the action, whether or not you have cable (or a TV).

If you have cable

All of NBC’s networks will feature coverage from the Olympics. These include NBC, USA, CNBC, and NBC Sports Network.

If you have a cable provider login, you can stream every event – even the ones that aren’t televised – on NBC Olympics.com and the NBC Sports mobile app.

The NBC Sports app is also available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox, and Windows 10.

If you’re a cord cutter

If you already subscribe to a standalone streaming service – or if you’re willing to pay for an account – your best bet will be Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, and the online sports streaming service, fuboTV.

With any of these, you’ll get a live stream of NBC’s coverage for around $US30-40 a month, depending on the package you select. Several of them offer free trials, too.

BBC will also stream the games online for free, but it only works if you live in the UK. Similarly, the CBC will be broadcasting much of the Olympics from its own website, but you’ll need to be in Canada for that to work. Canadians can also catch live streams of the Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony, and five additional events directly on Twitter.

Finally, Snapchat will be airing live footage from the Olympics, straight from its app. And NBC will be putting clips out for free across its Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. So if nothing else, you’ll at least be able to see some of the best parts.

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