Winter Olympics 2018: Opening Ceremony live stream and how to watch online for free
When is the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony and how can you live stream all the action from Pyeongchang online? Our guide reveals all, including the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony time, date, TV channel and how to watch it for free in the UK.
The Winter Olympics get underway in earnest on Friday February 9 (that’s today!) with the always spectacular Opening Ceremony. In all, there are 92 nations competing over 16 days to test their mettle in various high-octane, snowy sports, including ice hockey, snowboarding, curling, slalom skiing, speed skating, and so much more.
In 2018, the action is taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, so there’s a sizeable time difference to take into account – as well a handful of different viewing options in the UK you need to know about.
The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony will start at approximately 10:30am GMT/5:30am ET, and while that’s not overly social hours for a work day, the good news is that the BBC will be showing the occasion as it happens. Just hope your boss is in a meeting…
That means that, provided you’ve got a valid UK TV license, it’ll be free to watch a live stream of the Opening Ceremony via BBC iPlayer. The BBC will also be offering coverage of select events throughout the Games – as you’d expect given the timings, it’ll be a mix of live, catchup, and highlights. The main highlights shows will be on BBC 2 at 7pm and BB4 at 8pm – both GMT – and you can consult the BBC Sport website for full details.
If you just can’t get enough of the Winter Olympics, then Eurosport is going to be your best bud over the next couple of weeks. It’s offering the most comprehensive coverage of the 2018 Games, and will be showing every sport online via its Eurosport Player, which will feature a total of 15 channels.
You can either signup direct through the Eurosport Player website (linked below), or via Amazon Prime. You’ll need to be a Prime subscriber, but as ever, there’s a free 30-day trial on offer. Provided you’re signed up for Amazon’s membership service, you can then trial Eurosport Player for free for a week and, should you choose to keep it for the duration of the Winter Olympics, get it for the reduced price of £5.99 a month. (Its RRP is £6.99 a month, though know that Eurosport is also offering deals directly as well).
You’ll also be eligible for a £5 Amazon gift card if you sign up by February 25, meaning you can basically enjoy a premium Winter Olympics streaming experience for free!
Here are the other quick links you need to get started.
- BBC iPlayer | Web app
- BBC iPlayer | Android
- BBC iPlayer | iOS
- Eurosport Player | Watch here (subscription required)
That’s all there is to it, enjoy all the icy, snowy action!
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