How to Watch the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics: Stream the Games Free Online
Everything you need to know about this year’s winter games, the Opening Ceremony, and how to stream the two-week event from home without cable
The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing begin on February 2, and the opening ceremony is set for February 4. NBC, USA, and the Olympics Channel will feature select live coverage and highlights throughout the Winter Games, while Peacock Premium will stream every event live.
Winter Olympics coverage kicks off with curling, alpine skiing, and women’s hockey on February 2. The first TV broadcast begins at 7 a.m. ET on the Olympic channel with mixed doubles curling. NBC will then air the first figure skating event of the games at 8 p.m. ET on February 3.
The opening ceremony will be broadcast live at 6:30 a.m. ET on February 4 on NBC, followed by a preview show at 12 p.m. ET that offers an overview of the top athletes and upcoming events. The opening ceremony will re-air on NBC at 8 p.m. ET and midnight.
The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing features 15 different sports and a total of 109 events. The Winter Games will continue through February 20, ending with the closing ceremony at 8 p.m. ET.
How to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics
Peacock Premium provides the easiest way to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics. The service costs $5 a month and will stream every event live. Replays will also be available to subscribers.
Those without Peacock Premium can still watch free highlights, select coverage, and clips from the Winter Games on Peacocktv.com or via the Peacock app. Peacock is available on iOS and Android devices, Roku, Amazon Fire, Xbox, web browsers, and select smart TVs.
NBC, USA, and the Olympics channel will also broadcast the Winter Olympics on TV, including primetime re-airs of popular events that happen at odd hours for US viewers. If you have access to these channels through your TV provider, you can also log in with your account information at NBCOlympics.com to watch live events and highlights.
Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and Fubo TV all offer packages that include NBC, USA, and the Olympics Channel. These services all start at $35 to $65 a month, though, so we recommend going with Peacock Premium for the most affordable way to stream the Olympics.
How to watch the Winter Olympics opening ceremony
The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing will broadcast its opening ceremony on NBC and Peacock Premium at 6:30 a.m. ET on February 4.
The opening ceremony includes an introduction of athletes from more than 90 countries, and the formal lighting of the Olympic torch. The ceremony will be held at Beijing’s National Stadium and will be directed by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, who also helped produce the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
NBC will follow the opening ceremony with an Olympic preview show at 12 p.m. ET, giving an overview of the competitors and the most anticipated events.
Winter Olympics schedule: key dates and times
The dates and times below are based on eastern standard time. Beijing time is 13 hours ahead of ET.
- February 2 — Olympic competition begins with curling, 7:05 a.m. ET
- February 4 — Beijing Winter Olympics opening ceremony, 6:30 a.m. ET (re-airs at 8 p.m. ET)
- February 5 — Alpine skiing: Men’s downhill final, 10 p.m. ET
- February 5 — Snowboarding: Women’s slopestyle final run, 9:24 p.m. ET
- February 6 — Figure skating: Team Women’s single skating, 10:42 p.m. ET
- February 6 — Snowboarding: Men’s slopestyle final run, 11:54 p.m. ET
- February 9 — Figure skating: Men’s single free skating, 8:37 p.m. ET
- February 9 — Snowboarding: Women’s halfpipe final run, 8:30 p.m. ET
- February 10 — Snowboarding: Men’s halfpipe final run, 8:30 p.m. ET
- February 13 — Figure skating: Ice dance free dance, 8:22 p.m. ET
- February 14 — Alpine skiing: Women’s downhill final, 10 p.m. ET
- February 14 — Snowboarding: Women’s big air final, 8:30 p.m. ET
- February 15 — Snowboarding: Men’s big air final, 12:00 a.m. ET
- February 16 — Hockey: Women’s bronze medal game, 6:30 a.m. ET
- February 16 — Hockey: Women’s gold medal game, 11:10 p.m. ET
- February 17 — Figure skating: Women’s single free skating, 5:08 a..m. E
- February 19 — Figure skating: Pair free skating, 6:08 a.m. ET
- February 19 — Hockey: Men’s bronze medal game, 8:10 a.m. ET
- February 19 — Figure skating: Exhibition gala, 11 p.m. ET
- February 19 — Hockey: Men’s gold medal game, 11:10 p.m. ET
- February 20 — Beijing Winter Olympics closing ceremony, 8 p.m. ET
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Light that torch! After the uncertainly of whether the games would still be on due to the rise of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the Beijing Winter Olympics will officially kick off with the opening ceremony on February 4. The games, which will run until February 20, might look a bit different this year, but will still be a place to showcase the talents of top athletes from around the world.
Organizers announced that international spectators would be barred from attending, and only a limited number of “selected” spectators will be allowed at all in-person, at any events in Beijing. So if you want to watch the Olympics this year, the only way you’ll be able to cheer on your favorite athletes is from home (even if you can still order official Winter Olympics merchandise and gear online).