The Winter Olympics 2018 is back and this year they take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
If you're a winter sports fan then you've probably been looking forward to this for a long time. Afterall it only comes around once every four years.
If you want to watch the entire event or even just some of the individual events you may be disappointed. The Winter Olympics get different coverage around the world and depending what country you're in will depend if you can get full, some or no viewing access at all.
The good news is we've put together this guide for situations like that. In this guide we're going to show you how you can watch the entire Pyeongchang Winter Olympics online from any country in the world.
What countries can I watch Pyeongchang 2018 from
There are a few select countries around the world that you can watch the Winter Olympics 2018 online for free in.
Below is a list of the most common:
If you're in one of those countries you can just click the links above to visit their live coverage websites. * NBC viewers in the USA will need a valid cable subscription to watch.
If you're not in one of those countries then don't worry, just follow the instructions below and you can still watch.
Watch Pyeongchang Winter Olympics outside of those countries
To watch the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018 online outside of one of the four countries above you'll need to get yourself an app called a VPN.
A VPN allows you to change your online location to make it appear as if you're somewhere else.
This will allow you to access any of the online streams above from the countries mentioned no matter where you actually are in the world. A VPN will cost around US$5 – $8 (approximately £4 – £6) per month and you'll only need one month.
Just follow the 5 simple steps below that show you where to get a VPN app and how to use it.
How to watch the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics:
- Visit the VPN provider NordVPN by clicking here and sign-up.
- Download the Windows or Mac app from the VPN Apps section of the NordVPN website.
- Install and run the app and login with your account details.
- On the map view click on the United Kingdom.
- You may need to click the Connect button if it hasn't automatically connected for you.
The NordVPN app will now start the connection for you which should take no longer than 10 seconds.
Once it's connected all you need to do is visit the BBC Sport website by clicking here where you'll be able to watch the majority of events both live and on catch-up.
What about alternative Live Streams
The BBC in the UK isn't the only network showing the Winter Olympics 2018 and one of the good features of the NordVPN service is you can use it to access other countries Pyeongchang coverage too.
Some more you may want to try that offer different levels of coverage include.
The process is exactly the same. Simply connect to Canada on the NordVPN app and visit CBC or connect to Australia and visit 7 Networks.
You now have the choice of 3 different providers of coverage of the Winter Olympics allowing you to keep up with every event. If you can't find the event you're looking for simply switch to another provider.
How to watch Pyeongchang 2018 on an Android device
If you've got an Android tablet or phone then it's also possible to watch the Winter Olympics 2018.
If you're in one of the countries listed earlier, the UK, Australia, Canada or USA you can simply download the mobile app from your usual app store.
If you're outside one of those countries then just follow the instructions below.
How to watch Pyeongchang 2018 on Android:
- Visit the NordVPN website and sign up.
- Visit the Google Play Store and search for “NordVPN”. Install the app NordVPN – Fast & Secure VPN
You'll now need to install the correct app for the network you want to watch on.
- Open your Android web-browser and enter one of the following websites:
BBC Sport : http://bit.ly/2FKY3l2
CBC : http://bit.ly/2FIDLbQ
- Click the download link to download the latest version of the app.
- Install the app when asked.
Once you've installed the app launch the NordVPN app again and connect to the United Kingdom if you want to use the BBC app or Canada if you want to use the CBC app.
Once connected just launch either the BBC or CBC app depending on which country you connected to.
You can now watch all of the Winter Olympics action. You can also switch between the apps but you'll need to disconnect on the NordVPN app first and change country before launching the new app.
How about a completely free VPN
No doubt you'll want to watch the Winter Olympics 2018 using the cheapest possible method.
Unfortunately free services are extremely risky. Running a VPN service costs the providers lots of money and they must recoup this money somehow. The recommended provider NordVPN charges a few dollars (or pounds) per month to pay for the service.
- See Also: Our latest NordVPN review
Free alternatives use sneaky tactics to make their money such as recording details about you or what you do while connected, forcing adverts upon you or selling details about you.
You may even have heard of pirate streams but not only are these illegal but they're also likely to fill your computer or other device full of harmful viruses and trojans.
To save a few US Dollars it isn't worth the risk.
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018
The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics 2018 will take place on 9th February 2018. However the first event actually start on the 8th February, one whole day before the official opening.
The winter games will run all the way until the closing ceremony which is on the 25th February 2018.
This year the event takes place in Pyeongchang which is in the North-East of South Korea and is approximately 126 km from the capital Seoul.
South Korea is 9 hours ahead of the UK so if you're in the UK you'll be able to watch most coverage starting from around 11 am.
Unlike Sochi in Russia 2014 which was plagued by unusually warm weather, the South Korean Winter Olympics have concerns about it being too cold for spectators. While spectators may not be able to stand the cold in Pyeongchang, you can watch from the relative warmth of your home.
The full schedule of events can be seen at the Official Olympic web site.
Don't forget, all you need is a VPN which you can get by clicking the link below and you'll be able to watch the entire Winter Olympics anywhere in the world.