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How To Watch the 2022 Winter Olympics Without Cable

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If you’re hoping to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics without cable, I have some good news for you: There will be options!

The next iteration of the Olympic Games will begin in Beijing, China, on February 2, 2022, and last until February 20, 2022. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for February 4.

NBCUniversal is the exclusive broadcast rights holder for the Olympics in the United States, so your path to streaming the Games is through access to its channels and streaming services.

Between disruptions to the Games caused by COVID-19, the time difference between Tokyo and the United States and NBC’s programming choices, streaming the 2020 summer games was tough for Olympics fans. Here’s hoping things will be easier this time around.

Team Clark has researched your options for watching Team USA, which ranked fourth in the medal count in the 2018 Winter Olympics, go for the gold in China.


NBC Announces That Winter Olympics TV Broadcasts Will Also Stream Live on Peacock

Here’s the good news NBCUniversal announced in January: For as little as a $5 investment, you can stream all of the Winter Olympic content that your heart desires.

You’ll find the Winter Olympics coverage on the Peacock streaming service. And you’ll even have access to events that don’t make it onto traditional TV.

NBC’s Peacock

Peacock will present live streaming coverage of every event of the Winter Olympics including all the events airing on broadcast and cable television. This should give fans a comprehensive Olympics destination for all live action and catch-up on-demand viewing.

In addition to live competition streams across all 15 sports, premium tier customers will also be able to watch the opening and closing ceremonies. The programming will include NBC’s nightly primetime show, full replays of all competition available immediately upon conclusion, exclusive daily studio programming, medal ceremonies, extensive highlight clips, and more.

There is a catch, though. In order to access these streams, you have to subscribe to one of Peacock’s premium plans. The basic version of Peacock, which is free to all users, will not have the Olympics.

Here’s a quick recap of your options:

Subscription LevelMonthly CostLive Winter Olympics Content
Free$0No
Premium$4.99Yes
Ad-Free Premium$9.99Yes

It’s worth noting that some NBCUniversal customers, such as Xfinity internet subscribers, already get Peacock Premium access free of charge.


Other Streaming Options for the Winter Olympics

If you don’t have a cable or satellite subscription and you don’t want to pay specifically for Peacock, you can watch the television broadcast of the Winter Games by subscribing to a live TV streaming service.

When you’re shopping around for a streaming service to give you the most access to the Olympics, you’ll want to make sure you have a package that includes most of the NBCUniversal-owned channels.

The list of NBCUniversal channels that will air some of the Olympic events includes:

  • Your local NBC affiliate
  • USA Network
  • CNBC
  • Olympic Channel

It is worth noting that the NBC Sports Network, which aired many of the Summer Olympic events, no longer exists. This network was shuttered at the end of 2021.

Team Clark has a streaming channel tool that will help you identify the most cost-effective way to stream your favorite channels.

So you could plug the NBCUniversal channels mentioned above into the tool alongside your other “must have” favorites to find the best option for you.

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A&E
ABC
ABC News Live
ACC Network
ACC Network Extra
AccuWeather
Adult Swim
AfricaNews
AMC
American Heroes Channel
Animal Planet
aspireTV
AWE
AXS TV
BabyFirst
BabyTV
BBC America
BBC World News
beIN Sports
beIn Sports ñ
BET
BET Her
BET Jams
BET Soul
Big Ten Network
Black News Channel
Bloomberg TV
Boomerang
Bounce TV
Bravo
BYUtv
C-SPAN
C-SPAN2
Cartoon Network
CBS
CBS Sports Network
CBSN
CGTN
Charge!
Cheddar
Cinemax
Cinemax ActionMax
Cinémoi
Circle
CLEO TV
CMT
CNBC
CNBC World
CNN
CNÑ
CNN International
Comedy Central
Comedy.TV
Comet TV
Cooking Channel
Court TV
Cowboy Channel
Cozi TV
Crime & Investigation
CuriosityStream
Dabl
DECADES
Destination America
Discovery Channel
Discovery en Español
Discovery Familia
Discovery Family
Discovery Life
Disney Channel
Disney Junior
Disney XD
DIY Network
Docurama
Dove Channel
ducktv
E!
EPIX Drive-In
ESPN
ESPN College Extra
ESPN Deportes
ESPN2
ESPN3
ESPNews
ESPNU
Estrella TV
Euronews
FETV
Fight Network
FM
FMC – Family Movies Classic
Food Network
FOX
FOX Business Network
FOX College Sports
FOX Deportes
FOX News Channel
FOX Soccer Plus
FOX Sports 1
FOX Sports 2
FOX Weather
France24
Freeform
frndlyTV
fubo Sports Network
Fuse
FX
FXM
FXX
FYI
G4
GAC Family
GAC Living
Galavision
Game Show Network
Game+
GetTV
Ginx Esports TV
GOL TV
GOL TV Spanish
Golf Channel
Great American Country
Grit
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Drama
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HBO
HBO Family
HBO Latino
HBO2
HDNet Movies
Heroes & Icons
HGTV
History
History en Español
HLN
HSN
IFC
Impact Wrestling
Insight TV
INSP
Investigation Discovery
Ion
JusticeCentral.TV
LAFC
Laff
Law & Crime
Lifetime
Lifetime Movie Network
Local Now
Localish
LOGO
Longhorn Network
Magnolia Network
MAVTV
MeTV
Military History
MLB Network
MLB Network Strikezone
MotorTrend
MSNBC
MTV
MTV Classic
MTV Live
MTV2
MTVU
MyNetworkTV
NASA TV
Nat Geo Wild
National Geographic
NBA TV
NBC
NBC News Now
NBC Sports
NBC Universo
NBCLX
NBCSN
NDTV 24×7
NECN
News18
Newsmax
NewsNation
NewsNet
Newsy
Next Level Sports
NFL Network
NFL Redzone
NHL Network
Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon
NickMusic
Nicktoons
Olympic Channel
One America News Network
Outdoor Channel
Outside TV
Ovation TV
OWN – Oprah Winfrey Network
Oxygen
Pac-12 Arizona
Pac-12 Bay Area
Pac-12 Los Angeles
Pac-12 Mountain
Pac-12 Network
Pac-12 Oregon
Pac-12 Washington
Paramount Network
PBS
PBS Kids
People TV
PixL
POP
Pursuit
QVC
QVC2
Recipe.TV
Reelz
Revolt
RFD-TV
RIDE TV
RT America
Science Channel
SEC Network
SEC Network+
ShortsTV
SHOWTIME
SHOWTIME 2
SHOWTIME Extreme
Smithsonian Channel
SNY
Sony Movie Channel
Sportsman Channel
Stadium
Stadium 1
Stadium 2
Stadium 3
Start TV
STARZ
STARZ Encore
STARZ Encore Action
STARZ Encore Black
STARZ Encore Classic
STARZ Encore Family
STARZ Encore Suspense
STARZ Encore West
STARZ Encore Westerns
STARZ Kids & Family
Story Television
SundanceTV
Syfy
Tastemade
TBS
TCM
TeenNick
Telemundo
Tennis Channel
The Cowboy Channel
The CW
The Longhorn Network
The Weather Channel
TLC
TNT
Travel Channel
truTV
TUDN
TUDNxtra
TV Land
TV One
TVG
TVG2
TyC Sports
TYT Network
UniMás
Universal Kids
Univision
UPtv
USA Network
VH1
Vice
VSiN
WE tv
WeatherNation
WGN America
World Fishing Network
YouTube Originals
Z Living
Zona Futbol TUDN
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The most cost-effective way to get the necessary channels on a live TV streaming service is by purchasing the Sling TV Blue package with both the News Extra and Sports Extra add-ons. That will cost $52 per month ($35 base package + $11 for sports add-on + $6 for news add-on), but it provides many other channels than those required for Winter Olympics streaming.

You can read more about the channels this Sling Blue package would get you in Team Clark’s review of the Sling TV.

Other options include popular streaming services YouTube TV ($65 per month) or Hulu + Live TV ($70 per month).

NBCOlympics.com is an option for streaming the Winter Games online, but you’ll be asked to provide your cable or streaming service login information to access the live content. Highlights and select replays will be available free of charge.


Final Thoughts on Streaming the 2022 Winter Olympics

If you’re looking for the most cost-effective way to consume a large volume of 2022 Winter Olympics content, I believe a Peacock Premium subscription is clearly the way to go. For just $5 for the month of February, you can get access to all of NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Beijing games.

It appears that NBCUniversal has heard the complaints about problems with its 2020 Summer Olympics programming and plans to up the quality of Peacock coverage this time around.

Sling TV has the most affordable way to stream the required television channels if you want to go the live TV streaming route, but $52 per month is more than 10 times more expensive than using Peacock. You’d need a reason to want the other channels on Sling to justify that expense.

If you’re not interested in paying anything at all, you may be best served by using an antenna to catch the over-the-air broadcast from NBC each day. That’s not going to give you access to everything, but NBC typically does a pretty good job of showing the most popular events of the day. You could also use NBCOlympics.com to check the highlights you missed.

How are you planning to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics? We’d love to hear your tips and tricks in the comments below!


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This post was last modified on January 7, 2022 1:08 pm

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