By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Normally, cord cutters have to take matters into their own hands, if they want to stream the major sporting events like the Super Bowl or the Olympic Games. In the past, the only options are to log into an app or streaming site with your cable/satellite details to get the privilege. But this year, NBC is throwing things wide open, and letting anyone who wants to stream the big game, to do so. And not only that, but you can stream the Olympics too. So here’s how you can stream all the action.
The Winter Olympics:
On to the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea. NBC is planning live coverage this year with no taped delay. This is good news because in the past results have been broadcast on the news up to a half a day before fans would be able to experience the action.
To watch the games on traditional TV, turn into your local NBC affiliate for 176 hours of live coverage, plus 369 hours of coverage on the NBCSports Network. CNBC will have over 40 hours of coverage, most of that being Hockey.
As with the Super Bowl, streaming box users can use the NBC and NBC Sports apps for streaming coverage or through their over the top live streaming services. HuluTV is doing something really cool by tailoring your coverage based on your event preferences.
Here’s the guide to what and when you can catch your favorite sports. On your computer, head over to NBCOlympics.com to catch the live stream. Mobile devices can stream with the NBC Sports app.
Watching through your streaming box of choice.
Whether you’re using a Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast or FireTV, NBC apps that will be streaming live. All streamers will need to do is install the NBC or NBCSports apps and engage. You’ll need to create a user name and password to do it, but it’s free.
Even easier, if you’re subscribed to live streaming services like YouTube TV, DirecTV Now, Sling TV, or Playstation Vue, then it’ll be just like watching it live on cable or satellite … turn to your local NBC affiliate and Bob’s your uncle. If you don’t have a service, good news! Every live service has a free trial, so if you live in an area that is offering live and local streaming, you can sign up for a one week trial and you’re good to go.
Your Game Console.
Both Playstation and Xbox will be offering the live game through various options. For the Xbox, add your Xbox to the app lineup and search for the free option of viewing the Super Bowl. For Playstation, back to the NBC app. Plan ahead and load it up.
On Your Computer.
Stuck at work? That bites. But you can still catch all the action. Head over to NBC.com, NBCOlympics.com or NBCSports.com and you’ll see the games streamed live (check the links above for schedule).
Here’s where the news gets really good. Last year, mobile streaming was limited because NBC Sports had an exclusive deal with Verizon. That deal is now over, and so mobile users can join in on the fun. Install the NBC or NBC Sports app for your tablet, or the NBC Mobile or Yahoo Sports app for your smartphone to stream it.
International streaming options.
NBC’s apps are region coded, and as such, won’t work outside of the United States. So if you’re living abroad and want to root for your favorite teams, try the BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport or SkyGo apps for Great Britain. Or CTV Go in Canada. The game will also be broadcast on CTV, CTV Two, and TSN.
For other countries, check the IOC Broadcast website under “Foreign language broadcasts” for your country’s best options.
For Virtual Reality users who want the next best thing to being there, authenticated users with Windows Mixed Reality headsets, Samsung Gear VR, and Google Daydream, or mobile VR through with compatible iOS or Android devices can download and install the NBC Sports VR app. The Complete VR schedule can be found here.
Let the games begin!