|Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics|
Friends, it’s that glory time again: when you find out that a number of sports you didn’t even know existed are part of the Winter Olympics.
Are you ready to pretend you know the rules of curling? Will you uphold the honor of the ski jumpers you first heard about just because they compete for your country? More importantly, do you have a cable subscription?
If the answer to that last question is no, don’t worry. You can still watch the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics with very little effort.
Easiest option: peacock
Peacock makes it easy to stream the Olympics. Credit: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
As usual, NBC owns the US broadcast rights to the Olympics. It’s been a bit of a drag in years past, because NBC likes to air delayed versions of popular events in the evenings, but it doesn’t always get the right things — like the one where people are skiing and shooting at the same time. Additional shows will be taking place on the US and CNBC cable networks this year, according to the NBC website. But if you want to see it all for less than a sandwich, you can just subscribe to Peacock.
Peacock, in case you’ve relegated it to the “Other” section of your brain’s streaming services section, is NBC’s streaming app, available in both free and paid versions. Don’t get too excited about the free version because it won’t help you watch the Olympics. You need Peacock Premium, either $5 per month or $10 per month (no ads) to view events.
The good news is that all NBC Olympics broadcasts will be available to Peacock Premium subscribers. You don’t have to worry about whether or not you have CNBC in your cable subscription. Just pay $5, watch as many Winter Olympics as you want, then cancel if you don’t want to keep it.
I can’t stress this enough: as long as Peacock’s stream doesn’t have buffering issues (always a possibility with streaming), this is by far the easiest and cheapest way to get all the Olympic coverage you could want. However, if for some reason that doesn’t work for you, there are other ways to stream the Winter Olympics.
Also very simple, but significantly more expensive: streaming from cable services
Run it if you really want to spend that kind of money on the Olympics. Credit: Collection Smith/Gado/Getty Images
You probably don’t have a cable because the cable is very expensive. Luckily, some streaming services offer channel listings similar to a cable subscription for…a little less money. Again, you should definitely consider going for Peacock. But other than that, here are some options that include at least two of the three channels you need:
Like Peacock, you can simply sign up for a month and then cancel when you no longer need it. If you’re interested in paying more than 10x what it would cost to get Peacock Premium, these options certainly exist.
Old school: antenna
Modern TV antennas don’t really look like it, but it’s fun to pretend. Credit: Jeffrey Coolidge/Getty Images
But really, who needs the internet? If TV streaming is too new for you, you can simply buy an antenna for your TV. Plug it in and you should at least be able to access your local NBC affiliate, although signal strength can vary depending on where you live. The bad news with this approach is that you don’t get the US or CNBC with an antenna. Again, it’s more expensive and less useful than Peacock, but it might work for some of you.
In summary, you only pay $5 for Peacock. It’s the easiest way to get the Olympic coverage you need a country mile away. Just throw in an Abe Lincoln and stick with it with as much ice dancing as you can take.