How to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV

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Even though the opening ceremony won't take place until Feb. 9, early competition is already getting underway at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea. Here's how to watch on your Apple device of choice.

If you're on a Mac, the simplest option is to visit NBC's Olympics website, where livestreams and highlights are available. Regardless of how you're watching, it's also a good place to check schedules -- given the time difference between the U.S. and Korea, you'll most likely have to tune into a replay to catch an event.

NBC, as you may have gathered, is the official U.S. broadcaster for Pyeongchang. Accordingly if you want watch on an iPhone or iPad, you'll probably want to download the NBC Sports app, which runs on devices with iOS 8 or later. You may need to sign in with your TV provider to gain access to all content.

The same app is also available on the Apple TV.

This being 2018, you may not have a cable or satellite provider anymore. Don't fret though -- there are several internet-only TV services out there, such as Sling TV, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, and DirecTV Now. You can sign up for a free trial, or if that's not enough Olympics to whet your appetite, pay for a full month then cancel when you're ready.

Once you've authenticated with the right apps, Pyeongchang content will also appear in the Sports tab of the iOS and tvOS "TV" apps.


  • Reply 1 of 3
    I find odd to pay for free air channel. Why would I do this? Plus you probably can get free access from direct feed without commentary from overseas. I prefer that option as it was available already from Vancouver 2010.

    I think stations get paid by sponsors and commercials. Do we need to pay for watching them as well? That wouyld be interesting model. No I will look for freee feed instead.
    edited February 2018
  • Reply 2 of 3
    jasenj1jasenj1 Posts: 916member
    Just watched the opening ceremonies. Other than the commercials at specific times regardless of what was happening, it was great.
    We already watched some curling & skiing via the NBC Sports app.
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