For cordcutters who are hoping to sit down and enjoy the 2018 Winter Olympics, get ready to pull out your wallet. This year, NBCUniversal is expected to live-stream and broadcast a record 2,400 hours across NBC and its other channels including NBC Sports, CNBC, USA, and The Olympic Channel. However, if fans want to watch more than a half-hour of the games they’ll need a subscription to at least one OTT TV service.
NBC is live-streaming content through its apps and websites, but viewers without pay-TV credentials can only watch for free for 30 minutes the first day they visit the site or app and then 5 minutes of live video everyday thereafter. For those no longer friendly with Pay-TV, below are a few alternative options. Unfortunately, most of them require a subscription, but luckily for consumers, no contract is required for most OTT TV services making it easy to cancel after one month if they’re interested in the service for just the Olympic games. Additionally, many online TV services offer a free seven day trial.
Sling TV is one of the more affordable options on the market. For $25/mo, users get NBC, NBC Sports Network, and USA. If wanted, users can add on the Olympic Channel for $10 more and CNBC for $5 more, bringing the total to $40 for all the channels.
AT&T-owned DirecTV Now offers local NBC channels in 46 markets and includes CNBC, NBC Sports and USA channels for $35/mo. For all the channels covering the Olympics, users can expect to pay $60/mo
YouTube TV ($35/mo), Fubo TV ($45/mo), Hulu with Live TV ($40/mo), offer all of the channels except USA Network. But, like DirecTV Now, YouTube TV and Fubo TV are limited in terms of market availability.
The games will also be available on NBC’s websites and Apps, but users will need their credentials from either their pay-TV service or OTT TV service.
A few other places to watch olympic content:
NBC and Snap inked a deal that will see Snapchat broadcast live coverage from the 2018 games. The live broadcast is part of a new feature offered by Snapchat called ‘Live.’ The feature will allow NBC Sports to stream two- to six-minute long segments directly through the app. Users can also choose to be notified when certain events start.
The partnership includes what Snap calls “Context Cards,” which contain details for the events like the schedule, medals awarded, and news coverage.
The Olympic live stream will be available on the Snapchat app starting Feb. 10, while the Context Cards will be available Feb. 9.
NBC and Uber closed a deal that puts exclusive content from the Olympics in the hands of Uber customers. During the PyeongChang Games, Uber riders across the country will be able to access Olympic athlete interviews and highlights curated daily by NBC Olympics.
Once riders start their trips, riders can use their Uber app to access interviews, highlights, and content from NBC Olympics’ broadcast team. As part of the collaboration, which has been described as a first of its kind deal, NBC Olympics will produce exclusive “in-car” interviews for Uber riders.
Take a flight or cruise
Sport 24 and its sister channel, Sport 24 Extra, will feature more than 200 hours of live coverage from PyeongChang as well as original programming from The Olympic Channel.
The IMG-owned and produced channel will stream the Olympics live on more than 700 aircrafts and nearly 50 cruise liners. Participating airlines include American Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa, Etihad and Qatar Airways as well as Cunard, P&O and Carnival cruise lines.