How to Watch the 2018 Winter Olympics Live Instead of on NBC’s Tape Delay

You have the option to watch every Olympic event live, regardless of what time they take place

2018 Winter Olympics
2018 WINTER OLYMPICS — Pictured: "PeyongChang 2018" Logo — (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

Hey, look, the Olympics are back — the 2018 Winter Olympics kicked off on Thursday in PyeongChang, South Korea. And since the time difference between South Korea and the U.S. is substantial (8 hours on the West Cast and 11 on the East Coast), that means very few events will be broadcast live on TV.

That won’t stop the media from reporting on results well before you can see them on NBC, however. And in the age of the internet, it can be tough to avoid spoilers without going on a social media blackout until the Olympics are over.

The good news, though, is that NBC will have every Olympic event available as a live stream on and the NBC Sports app. The NBC Sports app is available on pretty much everything, including phones, tablets and streaming boxes like the Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. You will, however, need a valid TV provider login in order to watch the streams. On you get a free 30 minutes, but on the NBC Sports app you won’t be able to launch any of the streams at all without logging in.

In addition to the live streams, every event will be available to watch on demand after they’ve taken place, though the same TV provider requirement does apply to the on demand feeds.

To see a day-by-day rundown of what’s going on and when, you can check NBC’s livestream schedule right here. Be aware that the schedule doesn’t differentiate between live broadcasts and delayed presentations, but as a rule of thumb if something is on in primetime here it’s probably not live.

In addition to the sporting events, the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 9 will also be available live at 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT on a stream, though there won’t be any commentary provided on the live feed. NBC’s fully featured delayed presentation will be at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT that same day.