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Watch Winter Olympics 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games are being held in South Korea for the first time in three decades and have officially begun. The opening ceremony kicked off at 8:00 p.m. local time in Pyeongchang, which equates to 6:00 a.m. EST.  For the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, NBC and its cable networks will cover popular sports such as figure skating and skiing. Because of the 14-hour time difference, not every Olympic event will be broadcast live. For that, you need to watch an online stream.

Watching The 2018 Winter Olympics

More than 1,800 hours of online coverage of the games in Pyeongchang begins Wednesday evening in the U.S. with preliminary curling matches. Friday’s opening ceremony will be shown live online starting at 6 a.m. ET, and on NBC’s prime-time broadcast on a delayed basis at 8 p.m. NBC also plans live streaming of the closing ceremony on Feb. 25.

Watching the Olympic Games: TV coverage

In addition to NBC’s over-the-air network, the sports network NBCSN will be the main overflow channel, carrying events such as biathlon, bobsled and luge. Coverage on CNBC and USA Network will be limited to curling and ice hockey. The Olympic Channel will have medal ceremonies, news and highlights, but not event coverage. All four of these cable channels will also be streamed online.

Much of the online coverage will come from the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Broadcasting Services. That means the spotlight will be on all athletes, not just Americans. In addition to live events, you can get streams of some training and practice runs. NBC also plans digital-only shows, including a daily two-hour wrap-up starting at noon ET (2 a.m. the next morning in Pyeongchang).

Some cable companies plan special features. Comcast, which owns NBC, will include online coverage on its TV set-top boxes and TV coverage on its mobile apps to offer viewers one-stop access to the Olympics. Comcast and other cable providers will also offer the opening ceremony and other events in sharper 4K resolution, though with a day’s delay.

Watch the Olympics without cable on digital streaming devices

If you’ve already given up on traditional cable or satellite TV, you can sign up for an online streaming service such as PlayStation Vue or YouTube TV, both of which have free trial periods. To watch online for longer than 30 minutes, you’ll still need to be a paying cable or satellite subscriber. As with past Olympics, NBC is requiring proof of a subscription. The subscription requirement also applies to coverage on virtual-reality headsets.

For the most part, access to an online TV service — one that streams many of the channels you’d get from a cable subscription — will also let you use the NBC apps for streaming and VR.

Google’s YouTube TV has the lowest price for all five Olympic TV channels, at $35 a month. Google says the service is available in more than 80 U.S. markets, covering more than 80 percent of households, though a local NBC station isn’t available everywhere.

In excluded markets, you could check out a rival streaming service. What works best will depend on your needs:

Olympics 2018

The Winter Olympics 2018 in Pyeongchang continue with a slew of exciting events to watch on Monday night and into Tuesday morning. Fans can tune in on Monday evening at primetime to catch finals in women’s snowboarding and speedskating, as well as a slew of qualifiers. Tuesday’s competitions will begin right at midnight and feature qualifiers for men’s snowboarding and alpine skiing, as well as the bronze medal match in mixed curling. The action continues throughout the day with numerous gold medals on the line in various luge, cross-country skiing, speed skating, curling and snowboarding events.

Whether you are staying up late, getting up early or watching live events and re-airs during primetime, you won’t want to miss a minute of the Winter Games. There are a variety of options to catch the competition, including television—three channels will be airing events throughout the day—and streaming, where you can see everything as it unfolds live via the NBC’s app and website. Coverage is practically 24/7 until the Games end, although a decent chunk of it during waking hours in the USA will be re-airs due to a 14-hour time difference between where the contests are being held in South Korea and the Eastern time zone of the United States.

To make the Pyeongchang Games even more interesting, fans may want to consider having a stake on the outcome of an event or two. It’s never fun to make a losing bet, however, which is why Jon Price of Sportsinformationtraders.com has been asked to provide his take on the day’s top event. Before getting to the pro handicapper’s prediction, take a peek at the complete viewing schedule and guide to all of Monday night and Tuesday’s excitement for the 2018 Winter Olympics:

You were going to have your pick from women’s alpine skiing — the giant slalom gold medal final — to men’s speed skating 5,000-meter gold medal final at the same time.

Unfortunately, high winds forced the rescheduling of women’s giant slalom to Thursday.

U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin is the name to know in slalom. (Don’t worry, we’ll remind you on Thursday.) She finished fifth in giant slalom in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, but won the event at the 2017 World Championships. (She finished second in the overall giant slalom World Cup in 2017, covering dozens of races.) You’ll be hearing a lot about Shiffrin at these Games. She won the overall alpine skiing World Cup in 2017 and will be aiming for three golds in Pyeongchang, which would be a first for a U.S. skier. Shiffrin is considered a favorite in the giant slalom, slalom and downhill events, and may compete in the Alpine combined (one downhill run, one slalom run) and super-G events, as well. The best bet is women’s snowboarding halfpipe qualifying. (More on that down below.) All will be NBC at midnight.