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How to watch the Winter Olympics online

There might not be much snow in the UK despite the cold weather but at least you can watch people compete on the white stuff, as well as other forms of frozen water, thanks to the Winter Olympics 2018. Here’s how to stream live coverage including the opening ceremony wherever you are.

The 23rd Winter Olympics take place in PyeongChang, South Korea and Team GB is 59 members strong, and hopes are high for more medals than ever. Big names in the team include Lizzy Yarnold (skeleton), Elise Christie (speed skating) and Katie Ormerod (snowboarding).

When are the Winter Olympics 2018?

The dates for the Winter Olympics games are 9 – 25 February, although in the UK coverage starts on 8 February.

When is the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony?

As with any Olympics Games, summer or winter, the opening ceremony is a spectacle not to be missed. Defending skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold will carry the Great Britain flag.

You’ll probably have to tune in from work though as the start time in the UK is 10:30am on 9 February. You can watch a live stream on the BBC Sport website from 10am and you can also watch on BBC One from 10:30am which opens up plenty of options via the iPlayer.

If you’re outside of the UK but want to watch iPlayer, you might need to use a VPN. We must advice that this is against BBC’s terms of use, though, even more so if you don’t have a TV license, so proceed with caution. You can find out more about how to watch BBC iPlayer outside of the UK here, but we recommend VPNs such as NordVPN, ExpressVPN and Hidden24 for this purpose.

How to live stream the Winter Olympics

There will be plenty of events to watch every day during the Winter Olympics so there’s no shortage of live streams to catch.

Your best option in the UK is to head to the BBC Sport website where you’ll find live streams of everything that’s happening. You can also watch on iPlayer meaning it’s free and you can watch on a wide range of devices.

If you’re hoping to catch the BBC stream from outside the UK, you’ll need to use a VPN in order to do so.

For a day-by-day guide to all the events head here or here.

If you have an Amazon Fire media streamer or tablet, you can watch the Olympics on Eurosport Player, so long as you’re an Amazon Prime member and pay the add-on subscription of £4.99 per month. There you’ll find all Olympic events live or on-demand, in addition to highlights. And if you sign up by 25 Feb, you’ll get a £5 gift card.

Of course, if you have access to Eurosport via other set-top boxes (such as Sky or YouView) you can watch the Olympics that way.

When can I watch Winter Olympics highlights?

With the time difference to South Korea it might be hard to watch a lot of the events live. Luckily you can watch Today at the Games with Claire Balding for daily highlights on BBC Two at 7pm.

Olympic updates from Alexa 

Amazon Alexa can keep you informed on the schedule, medal tallies and more. So if you have an Echo, or another device with Alexa, you can ask the following:

Schedules: “Alexa, what Olympic events are today?” or “Alexa, when is alpine skiing?”

Results: “Alexa, what happened in the Olympics today?” or for more specific results “Alexa, did Lizzy Yarnold win?”

Medals:  “Alexa, who’s leading the gold medal count?” or “Alexa, how many medals does the UK have?”

What events are in the 2018 Winter Olympics?

Here’s a list of all the events in this year’s Winter Olympic Games:

  • • Alpine Skiing
  • • Biathlon
  • • Bobsled
  • • Cross Country Skiing
  • • Curling
  • • Figure Skating
  • • Freestyle Skiing
  • • Ice Hockey
  • • Luge
  • • Nordic Combined
  • • Short Track Skating
  • • Skeleton
  • • Ski Jumping
  • • Snowboarding
  • • Speed Skating

Where are the 2020 Winter Olympics going to be held?

It’s already known that the next Winter Olympics will take place in Tokyo, Japan on 24 July until 9 August.

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