Watch Winter Olympics on the Olympic Channel
Can’t get enough of that Olympics coverage? During this year’s Winter Olympics, the Olympic Channel will air 24/7 news coverage of the Pyeongchang games. It will also broadcast medal ceremony coverage live from the Pyeongchang Medal Plaza. Want to find out more about how to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics? Check out our guide to see which streaming services are best for watching the games.
Do you ever feel like enjoying the Olympics every two years is just simply too long to wait? Well, you’re not alone. The Olympic Channel revolves around everything leading up to the Olympic games. This is your chance to get to know the athletes before they take to the global stage and learn more about their journey. Watch event qualifiers, World Cup events, tons of Olympics news coverage, and behind-the-scenes action. Basically, if you want to be primed for the upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, you’ll want the Olympic Channel.
Please be aware, however, you won’t be able to watch any actual Olympic events on the Olympic Channel. Check out our upcoming guide on watching the 2018 Winter Olympics.
We’ve hunted through the options and put together a table with your best choices to watch the Olympic Channel livestream without a cable subscription.
#1 fuboTV: Your source for international sports
- Great promotional price for first two months
What we like about it: Great promotional price for the first two months
Drawbacks: Missing some essential channels like ESPN
Who it’s perfect for: Fans who love the Olympics and international sports
If you’re a big fan of the Olympics, chances are you’re a pretty big fan of international sports in general. fuboTV is a very niche streaming service that might be a perfect fit for you. Find out by taking advantage of fubo TV’s 7-day trial and watching the Olympic Channel for free.
Prices and plans for fuboTV
You won’t need to stress much when it comes to selecting a channel package—because fuboTV offers only the one.
Cutting to the chase, you get over 60 channels for $19.99 a month. Keep in mind the $19.99 a month price tag lasts only for the first two months, though. After that, it’ll be $39.99 a month going forward. We suggest taking advantage of those first two months to do a deeper dive than you could otherwise with a free trial. It’s kind of like dating your streaming service before you marry it.
Now let’s talk about what you’re getting in that fuboTV channel package. You can livestream the Olympic Channel, NBC (where you can watch the Olympics), FOX Soccer Plus, UniMás, and 60 other channels. fuboTV also has a whole slew of add-ons that offer other international channels, like ChelseaTV, TyC Sports, and RTP Internacional. You won’t find the same international sports options for the same price with any other streaming service.
Watching the Olympic Channel on fuboTV
The quality of your Olympic Channel livestream will depend pretty heavily on your internet speed. The service recommends an internet speed of at least 5 Mbps, but trust us, you’ll be much better off with something faster—especially if you’re sharing a connection with multiple streamers at a time. fuboTV doesn’t boast the same streaming quality as, say, PlayStation Vue, so you’ll need to make sure you’ve got the internet speed to compensate. If you do, you should enjoy a smooth Olympic Channel livestream.
Considering the Olympic Channel offers 24-hour live news coverage during the Olympics, you’ll definitely want to be armed with a cloud DVR system. Thankfully, fuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR built in to your subscription. Granted, you will probably fill that up pretty quickly, so if you’re a match hoarder, we recommend paying an extra $9.99 a month for 500 hours of cloud DVR storage. You can record and watch the Olympic Channel for days.
You can learn more details about fuboTV with our in-depth review.
fuboTV device compatibility
Chances are, if you have a streaming device, you’ll probably be able to stream the Olympic Channel with fuboTV.
#2 Hulu with Live TV: Olympic content with tons of on-demand options
Hulu Live TV(Limited Commercials)
- Live streaming with thousands of hours of on-demand content
What we like about it: Thousands of hours of on-demand content
Drawbacks: No upgrade options
Who it’s perfect for: Fans who love the occasional binge-watching session
You’ve probably heard of Hulu before, but the fact that it now offers a live TV streaming option may be something new. You can seamlessly switch between streaming on-demand content and watching the Olympics online. Try Hulu with Live TV with a 7-day trial and watch the Olympic Channel online for free.
Pricing and plans for Hulu with Live TV
Picking a channel package with Hulu Live TV should be pretty easy considering there’s only one. The deal nets you over 55 channels for $39.99 a month. Unfortunately, the lack of channel upgrades and add-ons lowers the overall quality of Hulu Live’s service. Take a look at the channel list and see what you think. If you like what you see, then the lack of channel upgrades might not be an issue. Rest assured, you will be able to stream the Olympic Channel online with Hulu Live. However, you won’t have access to other international channels, like the ones fuboTV offers.
Our favorite thing about Hulu with Live TV is all the on-demand content that comes with your subscription. Along with the live channels, you get access to Hulu’s huge streaming library, including amazing backlogs of great shows like Seinfeld, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and even original shows like The Handmaid’s Tale. Needless to say, you won’t run out of things to watch after the Olympics are over.
Watching the Olympic Channel with Hulu with Live TV
We have no complaints about Hulu with Live TV’s streaming quality. Sure, you get the occasional buffering moments where the picture dips or the stream pauses altogether, but you’ll likely experience that with any streaming service. If we had to get a little picky, though, we’re not fans of the interface.
Hulu Live’s interface relies on knowing what you want to watch beforehand and making recommendations, but the problem is it’s not very good at making those recommendations. Anything resembling a guide is buried in the interface, and even then you won’t get a full schedule of upcoming shows. So, if you’re a serial channel surfer, you’ll probably be frustrated with the interface. However, Hulu with Live TV is in beta, so hopefully things improve soon.
Events leading up to the Olympics are happening every day on the Olympic Channel, which is why cloud DVR is your best friend. As for Hulu Live’s cloud DVR, your subscription comes with 50 hours of storage, and you can upgrade to 200 hours of storage for an additional $14.99 a month. Of course, compared to fuboTV’s 500 hours for $9.99, the upgrade option isn’t great, which is a big reason why Hulu Live isn’t our first choice.
If you want to learn more about Hulu Live TV, check out our review.
Hulu with Live TV device compatibility
From Chromecasts to Xbox consoles, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a device to livestream the Olympic Channel.
#3 PlayStation Vue: Livestream the Olympic Channel in style
Playstation Vue(Access Package)
- Fantastic streaming quality
What we like about it: Top-quality streaming
Drawbacks: A little on the expensive side
Who it’s perfect for: Fans looking for the best streaming picture
Before we go into details, don’t think you can stream PlayStation Vue only on a PlayStation console. Most streaming devices can stream PlayStation Vue. You can try it out and watch the Olympic Channel for free with a 5-day trial.
Pricing and plans for PlayStation Vue
You’ve got some options when it comes to choosing a channel package, but the cheapest choice that includes the Olympic Channel would be the Core package for $44.99 a month. Yes, it is a tad on the expensive side, but you’re still getting a pretty decent deal considering you get over 65 channels. With this package, you can stream the Olympic Channel, and then switch over to NBC, ESPN, NBATV, or TNT for more sports action. But the fact of the matter is that you can stream the Olympic Channel for cheaper with other streaming services.
If you decide to go with PlayStation Vue, there are plenty of other options if you’re into upgrading. If you’re the type of streamer that wants as many channels as possible, you can upgrade to the Elite package for $54.99 a month with 80+ channels or the Ultra package for $74.99 with 100+ channels.
Watching the Olympic Channel on PlayStation Vue
No doubt our favorite thing about PlayStation is the consistently smooth streaming picture. Don’t ask us how it does it, (our guess would be the years of developing online gaming infrastructure), but PlayStation Vue manages to deliver the best-looking stream we’ve seen from any livestreaming service. Of course, streaming quality will always depend on your internet speed (make sure you have at least 5 Mbps), but rest assured PlayStation Vue will get the most out of your internet.
Along with a quality stream, PlayStation Vue also offers unlimited cloud DVR. You can record and watch the Olympic Channel online to your heart’s content. There is a catch, however—your recordings delete themselves after 28 days. So make sure not to be a DVR hoarder with this service, and do your best to keep up with your recordings.
Check out our PlayStation Vue review and get a better idea of what to expect when watching the Olympic Channel online.
PlayStation Vue device compatibility
One of the best things about PlayStation Vue is the fact that you can stream it on a PlayStation console. In fact, it’s the only streaming service that does. Here are the other compatible devices:
#4 DIRECTV NOW: Watch the Olympics Channel plus tons of other channels
DIRECTV NOW(Go Big)
- Channel variety for everyone to enjoy
What we like about it: Cheapest price per channel
Drawbacks: No cloud DVR, expensive
Who it’s perfect for: Fans who love flipping through channels
If you’re looking for as many channels as possible for a fair price, then DIRECTV NOW may be a great fit. You can watch the Olympic Channel for free and try out DIRECTV NOW with a 7-day trial.
Pricing and plans for DIRECTV NOW
DIRECTV NOW offers a couple of different packages, and the cheapest one that includes the Olympic Channel costs $60 a month. Ouch.
Yes, that is the most expensive option on our list, but the good news is you’re getting over 100 channels for the price. So, if you’re focused on watching the Olympic Channel and only want a few other channels, DIRECTV NOW is not for you. But if you want the Olympic Channel along with lots of other channels, than read on.
If you want even more channel variety, you can upgrade to the highest-tier package that includes over 120 channels for $70 a month. Is it expensive? Yes. But it still beats a lot of cable packages if you’re a channel fiend.
If you want our opinion, we think you’ll be more than fine with the Go Big package for $60 month. You can livestream the Olympic Channel, ESPN, and FX, as well as your local networks.
And since there are no contracts with streaming services, you could always downgrade to a cheaper package after the Winter Olympics are over.
Watching the Olympic Channel on DIRECTV NOW
DIRECTV NOW may have a few quirks in its system, but the positives outweigh the negatives for most people. So first, the general positives—assuming you have an adequate internet speed of at least 5 Mbps, your stream should consistently stay fairly smooth. The interface is also super easy to navigate and should feel familiar to anybody who use to own cable. The schedule guide does a great job laying things out and keeping you informed about what’s on.
Now let’s talk about the quirks. First of all, DIRECTV NOW doesn’t offer cloud DVR, which is very problematic when it comes to watching the Olympic Channel. Events are happening at all hours of the day, and it would make your life much easier to record things and come back to them later. You also may encounter some issues with the interface bugging out. Our solution so far has been to just reset the app, and that takes care of any weirdness.
Of course, we warn everyone to expect occasional dips and momentary fuzzy picture with every streaming service, and DIRECTV NOW is no exception. Eventually internet speeds will be universally fast, but we’re not there yet. It’s just a fact of cord-cutting life for now.
You can read more about DIRECTV NOW’s pros and cons in our in-depth review.
DIRECTV NOW device compatibility
You can stream the Olympic Channel with DIRECTV NOW on any of the popular streaming devices.
Take your pick
All the recommendations we’ve made here are good options for watching the Olympic Channel online. You’ll just need to decide what works best with your budget. Remember to take advantage of those free trials before you commit yourself to anything. They’re a great way to feel out whether the service suits your needs or not.
Likewise, remember to cancel those free trials before you end up paying for something you might not want. In the meantime, enjoy prepping for Pyeongchang with the Olympic Channel.
Please let us know in the comments below what streaming service you decided to go with. How has your experience been so far? What do you like? What do you not like? We’re always taking your feedback into account, so thanks in advance.