How to Watch the PyeongChang Olympics Opening Ceremony for Free

Mahita Gajanan
Even if you don't have cable

How to Watch the PyeongChang Olympics Opening Ceremony for Free

Even if you don't have cable

The 2018 Winter Olympics kick off on Friday, Feb. 9, in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Winter Olympic Games will start with the opening ceremony, where athletes will march into the Olympic stadium under their country’s flag as part of the Parade of Nations.

This year, North and South Korea will march in the opening ceremony under the same flag, in a somewhat controversial show of diplomacy. The opening ceremony will likely weave in parts of Korean culture, including expected performances from K-pop stars.

It’s going to be a cold night for the spectators who fill the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, which was built without a roof and does not contain a central heating system. The weather in PyeongChang could be as low as 7 degrees Fahrenheit, with wind chill, forecasters said. Organizers are handing out blankets and heating pads to those who want to watch the opening ceremony.

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Those who can’t make it to South Korea can stay warm and catch the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics on TV or online. Here’s all the ways you can watch and stream the opening ceremony live, including free options:

Watch the opening ceremony live

Dedicated Olympic fans can watch the opening ceremony live when it starts at 6 a.m. E.T. on, which will stream all the Winter Olympic Games live, or on the NBC Sports app, which is available on streaming devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Xbox. Streaming the Olympics through NBC’s website, Olympics page and sports app will require authenticating through a cable or satellite subscription.

Stream the opening ceremony for free

If an antenna does not work out, there are several streaming services that will air the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics live with the purchase of a subscription.

Platforms like YouTube TV, Sling TV Blue, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Hulu With Live TV, FuboTV and CenturyLink Stream will offer NBC as part of their subscription packages, and some have free trials for first-time users.

Watch the opening ceremony after it airs

Night owls who are not eager to wake up early can catch the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony later in the day on Feb. 9, when NBC airs a television broadcast hosted by Katie Couric and Mike Tirico. NBC will air the program at 8 p.m. E.T., which you can also watch on Cord-cutters can use an HDTV antenna to watch the opening ceremony live.

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