There’s no better way to celebrate the joy and sympathize with the heartbreak of athletes who represent our country than watching the Olympic competitions with friends and family. The Winter Olympics bring us together as a country to cheer on Team USA.
The Winter Olympics only happens every four years. Here’s a quick guide to everything you need to know so you don’t miss a thing.
Winter Games run from February 8-25
Competition starts on Thursday, February 8 with the first rounds of curling and ski jumping. The Opening Ceremony is Friday, February 9. South Korea is 14 hours ahead of New York, so you can watch it live at 6 a.m. or in primetime coverage on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern. Closing ceremonies will be Sunday, February 25.
The 2018 Winter Games consist of competition in seven sports, broken into 15 varied disciplines. Athletes compete in biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating and skiing for the chance to take home one of 102 medals.
NBC is airing live virtual-reality coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The interactive, 360-degree viewing experience will be available on a variety of devices and platforms. This is the first time that VR programming has been available live during Olympic coverage. The virtual-reality content is available to authenticated users on a wide range of devices and platforms including Samsung, Google, Windows, and Android and iOS devices through the NBC Sports VR app.
23rd Winter Olympics from PyeongChang, South Korea
PyeongChang, South Korea is the host city for the 23rd Winter Games. Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics in 1988, so this is the country’s second time to host. After South Korea, the Winter Games move to Beijing in 2022.
Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be held at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium. It is a temporary open-air structure built for solely for the ceremonies, at the cost of $58 million. Spectators anticipate extremely cold temperatures and bitter winds. Forecasts have predicted a “feels like” temperature as low as 7 degrees Fahrenheit during the scheduled ceremonies.
Soohorang, the white tiger, is the official mascot of the games. It is a beloved figure from Korean folk tales that represents trust, strength, and protection.
Katie Couric is returning to join Mike Tirico in hosting the Opening Ceremonies February 9th at 6 a.m. ET.
“During my years at NBC, I loved covering the Olympics and showcasing the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of athletes from around the world,” Couric said in a statement. “The Opening Ceremony will be a chance for South Korea to share its culture and customs and for the international community to celebrate this unparalleled display of athletic achievement and sportsmanship. There’s nothing quite like it.”
How You Can Watch the Olympics OTA
If the only TV service you have is OTA, you can watch NBC’s primetime coverage on your local affiliate channel with a quality antenna. Access to all other live and streaming coverage of the Winter Olympics is restricted to those who provide a pay TV username/password authentication. NBC has said that a temporary pass for 30 minutes of coverage will be provided prior to authentication on a user’s first visit, and 5 minutes each subsequent day.
Additional broadcast coverage is available for those with subscriber credentials is available via NBC Sports, CNBC and USA Network channels.
Live Stream 1,800 Hours of Coverage
NBCOlympics.com will be the online Olympic hub for all news and results, detailed television and competition schedules, medal counts, dedicated sections on each of the 15 Olympic winter sports, and Team USA and international athlete bios, including original video profiles of select athletes.
Every second of competition will be streamed online on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. The app is available for download on iOS and Android and streaming devices like the Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast, but login credentials are required to view the content.
The newly launched Olympic Channel plans to carry 20 hours of Olympics coverage daily, which can be viewed after authentication via the website or on the free app.
The NBC Sports Scores app will supplement the live streaming content on the NBC Sports app; it will provide real-time results across all 15 sports including medal standings, background information on athletes and video highlights of the competition.
50 hours of Virtual Reality Coverage
NBC is airing live virtual-reality coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, alpine skiing, curling, snowboarding, skeleton, figure skating, short track, ski jumping, ice hockey, big air and more. The interactive, 360-degree viewing experience will be available on a variety of devices and platforms through the NBC Sports VR app.
Watch the Olympics On Demand
In addition to live streaming, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will offer extensive video-on-demand coverage, including athlete profiles and features, full-event replays and short-form highlights. Virtual reality coverage will also be made available on demand.
Popular Events Coverage on Digital-Only Programs
NBC Olympics is also covering competition with three digital-only programs. The first one is Gold Zone, which provides a condensed review daily from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com. The digital-exclusive version of Olympic Ice will review competition and cover figure skating news and highlights daily.
Olympic ice hockey is a cornerstone event at any Winter Games. For USA Hockey, 2018 is a game changer. For the first time in 24 years, the team will be without NHL players. Off the Post, a live hockey studio show following each day’s final game will provide a full review of the men’s and women’s tournaments, with highlights, interviews, analysis, previews, and more. NBC will show all U.S. hockey games live and on tape delay across NBC Universal’s family of networks.
What’s On in Your Area
With all of the available coverage for the Winter Olympics, it would be easy to get overwhelmed. Use our handy TV Guide to see what Winter Games coverage you could be watching on your local NBC affiliate for free with the use of a quality TV antenna.
Sporting Events & Schedule
Don’t Miss a Single Second
Don’t miss out on cheering for Team USA at the 23rd Winter Games for a single second. Starting February 8th, you can watch the most coverage of practices, athletes, and competitions in Olympic history. You’ll find every minute of snowy, icy competition in the mix of broadcast, live-stream, on-demand, and virtual reality coverage.
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