The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are nearing the start line. Athletes from around the world will come together to compete in a record 109 events across 15 disciplines across seven sports.
The 2022 Winter Olympics program spans 17 days and is jam-packed with events ranging from figure skating to bobsleigh to skiing. Seven new events make their debut: men’s and women’s big air freestyle, women’s monobob and mixed team competitions in aerial freestyle skiing, ski jumping, snowboard cross and mixed relay in short track speed skating.
The opening ceremony is scheduled for February 4 and will take place at the Beijing National Stadium (also known as the Bird’s Nest), which was first used for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
The United States will field more than 100 athletes in the 2022 Winter Olympics. PyeongChang’s nine gold medalists are expected to compete in Beijing, along with other major contenders. They include Shaun White in Snowboarding, Chloe Kim in Snowboarding, Mikaela Shiffrin in Alpine Skiing, Nathan Chen in Figure Skating, David Wise in Freestyle Skiing, Jamie Anderson in Slopestyle and Big Air, Red Gerard in Slopestyle, Elana Meyers Taylor in Bobsleigh, Jessie Diggins in cross country skiing, Brittany Bowe in speed skating and Erin Jackson in speed skating.
Team USA are also strong medal contenders in women’s ice hockey and men’s curling.
Check out our complete guide to watching the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
How to watch the Olympics for free
There are several ways to watch the Winter Olympics for free, so you don’t need to pay for your country’s athletes to get gold. Australia has the best way to watch the Olympics without paying, because 7More has most events (up to 16 live streams!) without paying. Australians vacationing overseas can use a VPN, like ExpressVPN (our top pick) to escape geo-blocking walls that would prevent them from watching overseas. More information on how to do this below.
In the United States, you can watch free coverage of the Winter Olympics on NBC if you get the local channel with one of the best TV antennas.
For those in the UK, BBC iPlayer is the way to watch the Olympic Games for free, there will be up to two live events at the same time. from Canada Radio Canada and New Zealand TVNZ also offer free coverage of the Olympics.
How to watch the Olympics from anywhere in the world
The Olympics are a global event and can be seen in almost every country in the world. However, if you’re not in your home country and can’t watch the Tokyo Olympics live stream with your usual services – or want to watch in your native language – you don’t have luck. With a virtual private network, or VPN, you can feel like you’re surfing the web from your hometown (or somewhere the power cuts won’t hit) and accessing the same streaming services you’ve already paid for.
Not sure which VPN is right for you? We tested many different services and our choice for the best vpn overall is ExpressVPN. It offers superb speeds and excellent customer service. But you also have other VPN options. Here are our top picks.
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.
2. Choose the location you want to connect to in the VPN app. For example, if you are in the United States and want to view a UK service, you would select UK from the list.
3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Go to the website or streaming service of your choice and connect.
How to watch the Winter Olympics in the US
In the United States, the Tokyo Olympics are broadcast on the NBC Universals family of networks: NBC, USA and CNBC.
If you’ve cut the cord and aren’t getting NBC, USA, and CNBC through your cable plan, you can access those channels through Sling TV and Fubo TV, two of the picks on our list of best streaming services.
Are the 2022 Winter Olympics streaming on Peacock?
The answer is yes! The Beijing Winter Olympics will be broadcast live on peacock.
And if you were disappointed by Peacock’s coverage of the Tokyo 2021 Summer Olympics, there’s good news. Peacock will broadcast every minute of every event live on TV and cable TV.
Although Peacock offers a free tier, coverage of the Olympics will only be available with Peacock Bounty, which costs $4.99 per month or the ad-supported plan or $9.99 for the ad-limited plan.
How to watch the Winter Olympics in the UK
Britons have it easy when it comes to watching the 2022 Winter Olympics – they can just tune into the BBC and BBC iPlayer.
However, the BBC does not have a monopoly on coverage of the Olympics in the UK and will not broadcast all events.
To watch every event live, you’ll need to subscribe to Discovery Plus United Kingdom, which covers all events in Beijing. Subscriptions are available for £6.99/month or £29.99/year. The service is available to stream on a host of devices, including Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, and apps for iOS and Android.
If you are traveling outside the UK and have a valid UK TV license, you can still watch the Winter Olympics using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
How to Watch the Winter Olympics in Canada
Canadians can get full coverage of the Beijing Winter Olympics on CBC, Radio Canada website and the CBC app.
You can also subscribe to the streaming service Gem of Radio-Canada, which offers a one-month free trial. After that, a subscription costs $4.99 CAD per month.
If you are traveling abroad, you can use ExpressVPN to access your paid services.
How to watch the Winter Olympics in Australia
Down Under Australians can watch the Tokyo Olympics for free on or stream the network 7More streaming service.
Currently out of the country? Use ExpressVPN to access your paid services.
How to watch the Olympics in 4K
NBC broadcasts select Winter Olympics events in 4K UHD. Although Peacock doesn’t stream in 4K, you can still cut the cord and watch the 2022 Winter Olympics in 4K via YouTube TV.
YouTube TV is one of the best cable TV alternatives for cable cutters. You’ll need the 4K Plus add-on to access ultra-high definition coverage.
Currently, YouTube TV is the only live TV service that has announced the Winter Olympics streaming in 4K. This could change; during the Tokyo Summer Olympics, fuboTV broadcast 4K content.
Beijing Winter Olympics Schedule and Important Events
The Beijing Winter Olympics begin on Friday February 4 with the Opening Ceremony and end on Sunday February 20 with the Closing Ceremony.
Here is a general overview of the schedule of events for the 2022 Winter Olympics (see the official schedule on Olympics.com). We will highlight the big events when the Olympics begin.
- Opening Ceremony: February 4
- Alpine Skiing: February 6-19
- Bobsleigh: February 13-20
- Biathlon: February 5-19
- Cross-country skiing: February 5 to 20
- Curling: February 2 to 20
- Freestyle skiing: February 3 to 19
- Figure skating: February 4 to 20
- Ice hockey: February 3 to 20
- Luge: February 5-10
- Nordic Combined: February 9-17
- Snowboarding: February 5-15
- Ski Jumping: February 5-14
- Skeleton: February 10-12
- Speed skating: February 5-19
- Short Track Speed Skating: February 5-16
- Closing ceremony: February 20
Paralympic Winter Games 2022
The Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing will take place a few weeks after the Olympics. They begin on Friday March 4 and end on March 13.