How to watch the Olympics online for free

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If you don’t have cable, you can still catch the greatest moments of the Winter Olympics for free. Finding an outlet that covers the 2022 Winter Olympics from Beijing, China is easier than last year’s Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

This year, NBC has the rights to broadcast the Olympics, and you can see many major events on regular television using an antenna. NBC also owns the Peacock streaming service. You can watch your favorite olympic games for free on Peacock app without having cable.

Not having cable TV shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the Winter Olympics. All you need is a device, an internet connection, and access to a streaming service. Check out the following five streaming apps and find out how to stream the Olympics for free.

Where can you watch the Olympic Games for free?

If you’ve cut the cable cord, here are five options to stream the Winter Olympics for free. Peacock even offers some live events and replays for free. Limited-time free trials are included with most streaming subscription services.

If you don’t intend to pay for a subscription, be sure to cancel before the trial period ends to avoid being charged. A limited-time free trial is a smart way to see the Olympics you want for free, especially if your favorite Olympian is knocked out before the final day of the games.

Don’t worry, these services will usually email you before your free trial ends.

Best Streaming Apps to Watch the Olympics at a Glance

Here are some apps where you can stream the Winter Olympics for free, including the duration of the free trial and the cost of a monthly subscription, should you decide to continue the service.

Streaming app Monthly subscription cost Free try
Apple TV Plus $4.99 (with Apple account) 7 days
Fubo TV From $64.99 7 days
Hulu Plus Live TV $69.99 7 days
Peacock TV From $4.99
YouTube Television From $54.99 14 days

AppleTV

Starting at just $4.99 per month, with your Apple TV subscription, you can stream all Olympic events live and on demand. If you also have cable, you can download the NBC Sports app on your Apple TV device, log into the app with your cable subscription credentials, and unlock Winter Olympics events for free.

Fubu TV

Are you a fan of ice skating and ice hockey? You can indulge in watching these Olympic events and more on FubuTV’s streaming service. Simply turn on your TV or other device and download the free NBCUniversal app to watch your favorite athletes compete on the ice. For just $64.99 a month, you can watch the Olympics and other sporting events live on FubuTV for about half the cost of similar cable TV packages.

Hulu Plus Live TV

Hulu Plus Live TV offers live and on-demand video streaming of the Winter Olympics on the NBCUniversal app. If you don’t have time to watch a live event, Hulu lets you save your favorite Olympic events to the Cloud DVR storage included with your subscription. Then you can watch the event when you’re ready.

Some Hulu Plus Live TV shows are subject to device restrictions, blackouts, and regional availability. Be sure to check Hulu’s terms before signing up for a paid subscription.

Peacock TV

You won’t be able to watch Olympic events live on Peacock’s free plan, but for just $4.99 a month you can subscribe to Peacock Premium and unlock all of their content, including the Olympics. The Premium plan contains ads, but you can upgrade to Peacock Premium Plus to view live programming without ads. Peacock Premium Plus costs $9.99 per month.

YouTube Television

YouTube TV not only broadcasts the Olympics live, but also in 4K. The streaming service offers over 85 channels for around $65 per month and is available across the United States. Currently, there is a limited time offer for new users to start a subscription at $54.99 per month for the first three months.

With YouTube TV, you can watch the Olympic Games without an annual contract and without hidden costs. Compared to other streaming services that offer seven-day free trials, YouTube TV’s free trial lasts for an entire 14 days.

Good to know

You can watch the Olympics for free even without a streaming service or cable subscription. You can follow the Olympic Games by regularly watching YouTube and other social media platforms, such as Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok and Twitter.

Go to the NBC Sports page on these apps to watch highlights and clips, sometimes immediately after the event airs live on TV.

You don’t need cable or pay for a streaming subscription to know how to watch the Olympics for free. You can still enjoy the best highlights and compelling performances from the Winter Olympics. Enjoy one of the free streaming services soon as the games end on February 20.

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About the Author

Kathy Evans is a freelance personal finance writer and entrepreneur with a background in technical writing and instructional systems design. She has a master’s degree in technical writing and information design and is currently a PhD student in instructional technology at Towson University. Through her experience working in the federal government as well as the commercial and nonprofit industries, she has focused her freelance writing on finance, investing, and economics content with a specialization in budget coaching.

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