Olympics 2018 Live Stream – The Ultimate Guideline
The 2018 winter Olympics popularly known as the Pyeongchang is expected to be the most exciting edition. The event which kicks off on 9th February running through to 25th February will be held in South Korea. This is the first time South Korea is hosting the winter Olympics after previous failed bids to host the event. According to Olympics official website, 92 countries have confirmed participation with 2925 athletes expected to participate in 102 events. This year’s edition has four new events including the alpine skiing, curling mixed doubles, and speed skating mass cart and snowboard big air. The opening ceremony will be held on 9th February at 8 pm Korean time (note that South Korea is 14 hours ahead of Newyork, 17hours ahead of LA and 9 hours ahead of London).
How to Watch the Olympics 2018 live stream
Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympic shall be the benchmark of technology in sports broadcasting. For the first time in history, fans across the globe can watch the events live, by streaming online through the websites of the official broadcasters. For US fans, NBC remains the official broadcaster of the Olympics having acquired the rights in 2014. NBC will air the 2400 hours live events in 3 hours consisting of prime-plus, daytime and prime. The fans can watch the events live by downloading the NBC app or through the official website. The app is available on android, windows, chromecast, Roku and Samsung and a range of other devices. With the app, you can catch the action on your smartphone, desktop, iPad, and a range of other devices as the app is highly compatible. According to NBC website, the live streaming on the app will only be available to pay-TV subscribers. Thus, you will be required to log in with your subscription credentials to get access to the live stream through the app.
For the cord-cutters, there is something for you as they will get a “teaser” of the live streams. This implies that for subscribers who are not authenticated, you get 30 minutes of live coverage on the app during your first visit and five minutes daily afterward. This is just a “teaser” to motivate the cord-cutters to get full authentication.
NBC coverage in VR
The VR or virtual reality coverage will also be a landmark in the winter Olympics live stream. For the first time in history, NBC will offer winter Olympics games coverage in VR. The partnership between NBC and Intel true virtual reality tech will enable fans to experience the Olympics moments from the comfort of their homes. The more than 50 hours coverage is expected to bring adrenaline, excitement and real-time experience of all the Olympics events starting from the opening ceremony on Friday 9th all through to the closing ceremony. Like the live stream on the app, VR will be available to pay-tv subscribers only. Hence, to get access, fans will log in using their pay-tv subscription credentials.
The SBS is another major online Olympics broadcaster expected to provide coverage in both North Korea and South Korea. SBS acquired the broadcasting rights to broadcast the Olympics till 2018.According to their website, the live stream will be available on their website for all the subscribers.
BeIN sports also continues to be a major online platform to catch the 2018 Olympics action. The broadcaster who is predominant in North Africa and the Middle East received the exclusive broadcasting rights from the International Olympics Committee in 2016.Unlike NBC, beIN sports will offer a live stream on the website both for pay-Tv subscribers and on the free-to-air channels.
Eurosport remains the official 2018 Olympics online broadcaster in all Europe nations except Russia. Remember, Russia was banned in 2017 from participating in the Olympics due to increasing cases of doping. The viewers across Europe can stream all the action live on Eurosport website. Like the NBC, Eurosport is expected to provide virtual reality live coverage of the Olympic Games. The app will provide coverage for events including ice hockey, alpine skiing, skeleton, snowboarding among other events. The virtual reality app will also provide on-demand videos, replays, highlights, athlete information, behind the curtain scenes, athlete preparation sessions and athlete interviews. This application set to transform Olympics experience is available on Android phones and IOS at $1.23.Other online broadcasters include BBC, FOX, CCTV and BBC iplayer among others.
Watching Olympics 2018 via VPN network
The unique feature about Olympics games is the broadcasting rights in a specific geographical location. This implies that NBC has exclusive rights in the US and you can’t stream from NBC website if you are in China. The same case applies to BBC, as you can’t stream BBC from the US. VPN providers exist for this reason. If you are outside the UK and you want to stream via BBC iplayer, you will have to access the website through a VPN configuration.
VPN works by configuring your device to a server in your desired location. This way, you can choose a server in the US and watch the NBC from China. The trick, however, is identifying the best VPN server to pick since there are many options online. Rule of thumb is to pick a paid VPN provider since most free VPN providers are unreliable, slow and can be easily detected by the website.
Kodi is also one of the best tools to watch the Olympics 2018 live stream. With the various add-on tools, you can catch the action live from any part of the world. Kodi has some of the best official Addons including iplayerWWW, Zattoo Box, Sportube and sports illustrated among others. Viewers are advised to stream the content via the listed Addons through a VPN server. Kodi VPN exists to provide security and privacy on user location while unblocking the restricted content. Thus, with Kodi, one can get the action from anywhere at any-time.
With the Olympics action days away, stay updated, cheer your favorite team and keep up with the evens of the PyeonChang 2018 Olympics using these options. Whether you are in the office or traveling, you can catch the action of every event through your range of mobile devices, laptop or desktop by watching the action online.