Are The 2018 Olympics Live On NBC? Winter Games Fans Have So Much Coverage To Look Forward To
The Winter Olympics are back again, this time in PyeongChang, South Korea. The best competitors in the world in nearly every snow-friendly sport under the sun will be competing for the gold in front of a massive international audience. While fans from all over the world will be enthusiastically tuning in to the 2018 Winter Games see if their countries come out on top, fans on the other side of the world could have trouble keeping up due to time differences. Luckily, no matter what time the events happen in South Korea, The Winter Olympics will be live on NBC, even if that means airing Snowboarding at two in the morning.
Time in South Korea is about 14 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. If it's 8:00 p.m. on a Thursday in New York City, then it's 10:00 am on Friday in South Korea. That means all of the late morning events will make for great primetime viewing, but American fans who are hoping to get full coverage of the Olympics may need to get creative with their sleep schedules. For example, Curling fans hoping to see Mixed Doubles will want to marathon the event when it airs from midnight on Thursday, Feb. 8 to 9:00 a.m. that morning on NBC Sports.
NBC's coverage of the Olympics starts on the evening of Feb. 8 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern with figure skating, but Olympics coverage isn't limited to the network. Olympic events will also be aired live on NBC Sports, CNBC, USA Network, and the Olympic Channel. NBC will be covering major events like the opening and closing ceremony, figure skating, and major qualifications and medal competitions for snowboarding, alpine skiing, speed skating, and others. When NBC isn't covering the Olympics on the main network channel, NBC Sports picks up the slack by covering just about everything else, with day-long stretches of Olympic content.
While NBC Sports covers everything from luge to skeleton, fans of two sports in particular are going to want to pay special attention to CNBC and the USA Network. The two networks will have their lineups mostly unaltered by the Olympics, but early matches of the tournament-style Curling and Hockey competitions will be airing on USA Network and CNBC, usually when there is already another sport airing on NBC Sports. Most of USA's hockey and curling matches air in the early morning, while the games shown on CNBC tend to happen closer to the afternoon and evening.
Finally, for those whose interest in the Winter Games knows no end, the Olympic Channel will be continuously airing a less-active take on the Olympics. While the Olympic Channel won't be showcasing any live sports, they will be featuring Olympic news, daily reports from PyeongChang, and victory ceremonies for fans who want to see their favorite bobsled team receive their gold medals live.
Whether you want to follow all of your country's teams or you just want to keep an eye on who the cream of the crop is when it comes to biathlon, the comprehensive Olympics TV schedule means that you'll likely never have to go more than a few hours without some kind of Olympic coverage on one of NBC's channels. In a way, watching the Olympics is worthy of a gold medal in scheduling, as following your favorite sport live could mean staying up into the late hours of the night, sneaking glimpses of the competition throughout the work day, and spending your evenings watching your team with like-minded individuals at a sports bar. Watching the Olympics is no easy feat, but NBC is making it easier by bringing as much Olympic content as then can to the United States.