The 2018 Winter Olympics (What You Need To Know and How To Watch)

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Updated 02/16/2018

When: February 9th – February 25th

Where: PyeongChang, South Korea

Channels: NBC, CNBC, NBCSN, USA

Available Streams: DirecTV Now | Sling TV | Hulu With Live TV | YouTube TV

Hype is already building around the 2018 Winter Olympics Games which are being held this year in PyeongChang, South Korea. This is the second time that South Korea will host an Olympic Games. The Summer Olympics were held in Seoul, South Korea in 1988. With a multitude of different sports and over 100 medal events, the games are sure to bring in thousands of viewers.

Starting on the 9th of February at 8 p.m. (Korean Standard Time – 6 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) and ending on the 25th. Keep in mind that South Korea is 14 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. The games are definitely a good way to beat the winter doldrums!

There will be thousands of hours of TV coverage so you’d better have a good way to watch. Here are some details about the games as well as some ways to watch without cable.


Details About The Olympics

Every Olympic season comes with changes. There are changes to location, mascot, events, the look of the medals, as well as many other details. Here are some of the facts about the 2018 Winter Olympics.

When Is The Opening Ceremony?

Every Olympics are kicked off with a spectacular opening ceremony and the PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be no exception. The Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday February 9th at 8 p.m. (Korean Time) at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

PyeongChang Olympic Stadium was built specifically for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Olympics and Paralympics. It holds 35,000 people.

When Is The Closing Ceremony?

The closing ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympics will take place on Sunday, February 25th.

Who Is The Official Mascot of the 2018 Winter Olympics?

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There are two official mascots. Soohorang the white tiger is the official mascot of the 2018 Winter Olympics, and Bandabi the Asiatic black bear is the official mascot of the 2018 Winter Paralympics. The mascots were chosen by the International Olympic Committee in 2016. In Korean mythology the white tiger represents trust, strength, and protection. The Asiatic black bear is symbolic of strong will and courage.

What Do The Medals Look Like?

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Pictured above are some of the most sought after awards that an athlete can possibly earn. Olympic gold is one of the highest honors one can receive. These are the medals that the winners will be biting into when they are on the podium.

The medals were designed by the industrial designer named Lee Suk-woo. The front shows the Olympic rings on a background of engraved diagonal lines. The reverse side features the  discipline, event as well as the PyeongChang 2018 emblem. The official title of the PyeongChang 2018 Games is written along the edge of the medals in raised, Korean Hangul lettering.

The ribbon is made from the traditional Gapsa textile of Korea.

The Alpensia Resort

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The outdoor sports of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will be taking place at The Alpensia Resort.

Here’s a list of the Alpensia Resort venues and the events that will take place at those venues:

  • Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium – Ski jumping, Nordic combined
  • Alpensia Biathlon Centre – Biathlon
  • Alpensia Nordic Centre – Cross-country skiing, Nordic combined
  • Alpensia Sliding Centre – Luge, bobsleigh and skeleton

The Alpensia will also house an Olympic Village. Not far from Alpensia is the Yongpyong Ski Resort which will be the venue for alpine skiing technical events like the slalom and the giant slalom.

The speed events of downhill skiing will be at Jeongseon Alpine Centre which is currently being built.

Which Sports Are Included In The 2018 Winter Olympics?

New Events

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Four events will make their debuts during the PyeongChang Games.

  • Mass Start Speed Skating
  • Big Air Snowboarding
  • Alpine Skiing National Team Event
  • Mixed Doubles Curling

The snowboard parallel slalom was dropped from the line-up.

How To Watch The 2018 Winter Olympics

If you’re unable to travel all the way to Korea there are other online methods available to you so that you watch the events and festivities. Here’s how you can watch the Winter Olympic Games, 2018, PyeongChang without a cable subscription. These sources are trusted and will be streaming live in amazing quality, so sit back, relax and cheer your home team on!

NBC

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The Olympic Games will be broadcast on NBC. There has been news that NBC will be streaming over 1800 hours of the Winter Olympics events LIVE. This is amazing news for enthusiasts and fans. You can catch the events live on the web at www.nbcolympics.com and. Access is also available through the dedicated sports app, NBC Sports available on all devices including Smart TVs.

Additionally, there will be coverage on CNBC, NBCSN, and USA Network.

CNBC

CNBC will air 46 hours of coverage. The main feature of theses broadcasts will be late curling.

USA Network

You can watch 40.5 hours of hockey and curling coverage throughout the Games on USA Network. Most Olympic coverage on USA Network will be shown live.

Services That Offer The Channels You Need

Now that you know the channels to watch, here’s a rundown of the services that offer those channels.

Over-The-Air Antenna

Since NBC is a major network channel you can watch using an Over-The-Air Antenna. A quality antenna can be a very good investment for anyone looking to cut the cord. With an HD Digital Antenna you can get a clear, crisp picture and access to major TV networks. Among other networks, you get access to NBC.


DirecTV Now

DirecTV now offers all of the channels that you need in their base package, called “Live A Little”. Along with NBC, CNBC, NBCSN, USA Network you get roughly 60 other channels for $35/month. The offer a FREE TRIAL if you want to try it out.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is gaining traction as a live streaming service. Their service offers NBC, CNBC, NBC Sports, USA Network, and The Olympic Channel for $35/month which includes over 50 channels and limitless Cloud DVR. They offer a free trial.

Hulu With Live TV

Hulu With Live TV includes NBC, CNBC, NBCSN, USA Network. You get over 55 live channels AND access to the full Hulu on-demand library. You can record up to 50 hours of live TV with Hulu’s cloud DVR. You’ll be able to catch all of your favorite events.

Sling TV

You can watch the 2018 Winter Olympics on Sling TV either through their free 7-day trial or subscription. You can access NBC, USA Network, both of which stream the games. Simply subscribe to a one-month Sling Blue package for $25 that lets you stream over 40 channels such as NBC. An added advantage comes as Sling TV offers discounts with the three months prepaid option.

There will be over 40 hours of coverage on CNBC is a part of the News Extra add-on for $5/month. The coverage on CNBC will heavily feature curling, which definitely makes it worth the money.

PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue is a great way to watch the Olympics, especially if you’re a gamer. The most affordable “Access” package includes most of the channels that you need at $39.99/month. Additionally, if you want to upgrade, CNBC, NBCSN, and USA Network are all available in every PlayStation Vue package.

Between games of Grand Theft Auto, you can tune in to the Winter Olympics.

Conclusion

While the East Coast is currently going through a bit of a deep freeze of its own, the Winter Olympics tend to excite people the world over and this year’s event looks to be extremely promising. As a two-time Olympic host, South Korea is sure to make sure that these games are well remembered.

CutTheCord will be providing information about individual events to provide a better understanding of the games. Stay Tuned.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. This article failed to mention that you can also access the games on PlayStation Vue, which is one of the top three OTT services. CNBC, NBCSN, and USA Network are available on all four of Vue’s channel line-ups, with the lowest tier starting at $39.99 per month.

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