How to Watch the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening/Closing Ceremonies

The opening ceremony parade at the 2010 Winter Olympics.By: Matt May

Here's how not to miss the opening and closing ceremonies for this year's Winter Olympics. This guide will cover every way one can either watch or stream the opening and closing ceremonies online. The opening ceremony kicks off on February 9th at 6 a.m EST, and is expected to be 2 hours long. The closing ceremony will take place on February 25th at 8 p.m. Here's how not to miss any of it.

TV Viewing Options

NBC and NBC Networks

All ceremonies will be broadcast on NBC Universal cable networks, which includes NBCSN, CNBC, and the USA Network. A detailed TV schedule can be found on NBC's olympic page. The opening ceremony may air live at 6 a.m EST, but it doesn't mean that is your only chance to watch it. Later that day at 8 p.m EST, NBC will air a "fully produced" TV broadcast of the ceremony, which will include interviews and commentary.

Live Streaming/Online Options

NBC Sports App

NBC Virtual Reality


Amazon Fire

Apple TV

Sling TV



Youtube TV

NBC Sports App can be used for streaming the ceremonies online or on mobile devices. It can only be accessed via a cable subscription. Also, the ceremonies can be live-streamed at

NBC will also be presenting 50 hours of what they call "virtual-reality coverage" for the winter games, which will be available live to viewers in the U.S. To access the live VR content, viewers will need a pay-TV subscription. Essentially it will be a 360-degree viewing option, which will include both the opening and closing ceremonies. The VR content will be available to authenticated users through the NBC Sports VR App.

For the "cable cutters" out there, ROKU, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, Hulu, and YouTube TV will be streaming the ceremonies. Each of course require a subscription.

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