The Winter Olympics competition is about to begin, but if you’ve cut the cable cord and do not have a strategy yet there is still time.
To begin with, you need to understand that watching the Games is still geared toward readers of pay TV. Find a workaround.
Over the 18 days of this event in Pyeongchang, South Korea, NBCUniversal intends to live-stream or broadcast a listing 2,400 hours across NBC and its other channels such as NBC Sports, CNBC, USA and The Olympic Channel, the NBCOlympics.com site and the NBC Sports app. Action has already kicked off — Wednesday curling and Alpine skiing started — along with the Opening Ceremony is Friday.
In case your TV package comprises NBC, then you’ll have the ability to utilize your pay-TV credentials to watch everything on NBCOlympics.com or even the NBC Sports program, also.
If you are a large Winter Olympics fan, you will not likely satisfy. Luckily, there are plenty of approaches to increase your viewing choices.
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For starters, an antenna can be used to catch the over-the-air broadcast signs of NBC. You could check into websites streaming platform Plex, which lists those signals to your personal computer or storage device so that you can watch or when you are on a mobile device. The monthly Plex Pass is $4.99 and you connect your antenna to an electronic tuner and run it through your computer (details here).
If you get broadband online service at home (either wired or onto a mobile device), you could turn into one of the developing choice of Internet-delivered streaming TV services such as Sling TV and DirecTV Now.
Sling TV and DirecTV Now
These services let you select a personalized pay-TV package — with no monthly contract — that you can stream having a program in your TV using favorite devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google Chromecast along with other Android devices like NVIDIA Shield and some sport programs.
Each of these has live feeds in the various NBC Universal stations and live, local NBC channels across much of the country. Each also has free trial intervals of a week or so, which provides you a chance to watch the first week of action and determine if you like the service (you can wait to tune into as soon as the finals of your favorite events have been scheduled). And most services allow you to log in to NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports program to watch online action that is on channels you get via your streaming TV subscription.
The Olympics provides “a great opportunity” for these streaming TV solutions to draw new users, states John Tantum, co-founder of Suppose, a website which lets users compare TV services according to their demands. “There’s no commitment, therefore the entire Olympics could be available for only $35-45 plus an individual can cancel the service at the close of the month,” he explained. “But many folks will like the support and recognize that they can happily live without their satellite or cable TV service, which is likely costing them two to 3 times as much.”
Not having a contract is important to nearly all (94%) subscribers of those broadband TV solutions, according to a recent survey of 1,000 active readers done by The Diffusion Group.
Internet streaming services may make it harder, for customers, at some point. But for this season at least, the offers last. Here’s a breakdown of the broadband TV providers:
âºDirecTV Now. The AT&T-possessed service has local NBC stations in 46 markets and comprises CNBC, NBC Sports and USA channels in its lowest-priced package ($35 a month; complimentary seven-day trial), which comes with an ongoing introductory offer of their first 3 months for $10 each (use code YESNOW3). Another deal gives you a free Amazon Fire TV apparatus if you pre-pay for two weeks of DirecTV Now.
For any service, customers “really need to check every marketplace” to see if they receive a local NBC station, Tantum said. In Tampa, not one of the TV services has the NBC station, ” he says, while in Las Vegas, just YouTube TV gets got the broadcast affiliate. That broadcast would be important if you want to, say, which the hockey games live.
âºFuboTV. Initially a soccer-focused streaming service, fuboTV (free two-day trial, initial month at $19.99; $39.99 monthly) currently has over 60 channels including local NBC channels covering 70 percent of U.S. households and the other four channels carrying Olympics activity. FuboTV plans to have an expanding library from the Games, too. FuboTV also includes a cloud DVR to record 30 hours of programming; cover $9.99 a month for 500 hours of DVR space.
âºHulu. Hulu’s Live TV service ($39.99 monthly, free seven-day trial), that has live NBC channels for more than 75% of U.S. TV households, has a personalized interface to let you select your favorite sport. This is going to keep you updated on upcoming coverage and the availability of on-demand coverage you might have missed.
âºPlayStation Vue. Sony’s TV offering has a multiview attribute — you can view three stations at the exact same time — something which may come in handy throughout the Games. The service (starts at $39.99 monthly, complimentary five-day trial), has reside NBC packs in 38 markets and comprises CNBC, NBC Sports and USA in its back-end programming package. You can add The Olympics Channel by upgrading to the $44.99 monthly Core programming package ($44.99 per month). Other perks: a cloud DVR and capacity to stream on five devices simultaneously including three outside the house. Only readers having a live NBC feed can utilize their PS Vue credentials to log on and watch live on the NBC program.
âºSling TV. The very first service to deliver local TV via broadband — Dish Network established it three decades ago — Sling TV has local NBC packs in 11 markets such as Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York and the San Francisco area. (Check Sling’s website to see whether it provides NBC on your area). The Sling Blue package ($25 monthly, complimentary seven-day trial) includes NBC, if available, NBC Sports and USA. To add CNBC, get the News Extra package for an extra $5 Insert a 50-hour cloud DVR for $5.
âºYouTube TV. Among its 40-plus channels, this almost year-old service ($35 monthly, free seven-day trial) has NBC live stations in 66 markets, covering 70 percent of the U.S. Also on board are CNBC, NBC Sports, USA as well as The Olympic Channel. One of YouTube TV’s perks: unlimited cloud DVR records for six accounts, nine months and three flows.
Each of the streaming solutions will use unique approaches to exhibit the Olympics “in their very own flavor,” says Peter Chave principle architect at Akamai Technologies, which offers cloud services and global delivery of streaming movie such as the Olympics Games.
NBCUniversal, which has got the rights to all the Olympics Games via 2032 and has sold over $900 million in advertising to the Pyeongchang Games, wins if you see on a traditional pay-TV provider or on a streaming support, he states. “If you’re not on a cable network, they wish to attempt and capture you as a viewer with an identical personalized, rich experience which provides them reach out of their usual footprint,” Chave explained.
If all this makes you wonder, “Wouldn’t it just be easier to have a pay-TV subscription?” , here is what cable is currently offering. NBCUniversal’s parent firm Comcast has an elaborate offering because of its subscribers with 50 stationsupdates and some programming in 4K Ultra HD high-dynamic range movie using Dolby Atmos sound. DirecTV and Dish Network will also provide a channel of 4K and 4K HDR programming, too (DirecTV in Dolby Atmos, as well).