By The Numbers: 2018 Winter Olympics
The Winter Olympics from PyeongChang, South Korea, will be bigger than ever for NBC – the network is touting more than 2,400 hours of coverage over the Feb. 8-25 span. And for the first time, the network will air its primetime coverage live across all time zones.
That coverage will be spread out over a variety of platforms: broadcasts on several NBCUniversal channels and the Olympics channel, plus streaming online at NBCOlympics.com and through the NBCSports app.
Plus, WRAL, the local NBC affiliate, will air a special Winter Olympics program each night before NBC’s primetime coverage.
Here’s the info you need to get your Winter Games fix.
When does everything start?
Before the opening ceremony
▪ On Wednesday, Feb. 7, NBCSN will have mixed doubles curling starting at 11 p.m.
▪ On Thursday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m., NBC will start its primetime coverage, which will include live figure skating, qualifying in men’s and women’s moguls and qualifying in men’s ski jumping.
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, on NBC.
8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, on NBC.
Everything really gets going on Saturday, Feb. 10. NBC’s coverage starts at 3 p.m.
How do I watch on TV?
▪ NBC is the main broadcast network channel. Locally, that’s WRAL.
▪ USA is located on channels 25 and 101 on Spectrum; channel 280 on Google Fiber TV; channel 1124 on AT&T U-Verse; channel 105 on Dish; and channel 242 on DirecTV.
USA Network will air live curling and hockey as part of its 40.5 hours of live programming.
▪ NBCSPN is located on channels 65 and 314 on Spectrum; channel 203 on Google Fiber TV; channels 640 and 1640 on AT&T U-verse; channel 159 on Dish; and channel 220 on DirecTV.
NBCSN will have 369 hours of coverage, including 10 days of wall-to-wall, 24-hour coverage and Gold Medal finals for hockey, snowboarding, short track, luge and bobsled. The channel will have primetime coverage nearly every night.
▪ CNBC is located on channels 37 and 205 on Spectrum; channel 121 on Google Fiber TV; channels 216 and 1216 on AT&T U-verse; channel 208 on Dish; and channel 355 on DirecTV.
CNBC will present 46 hours of coverage, again highlighted by its popular evening curling telecasts.
▪ The Olympics Channel can be found on channel 316 on Spectrum; channel 602 on Google Fiber TV; and channel 624 on DirecTV.
The Olympics Channel will have 20 hours of highlights, news and features daily, plus live Olympic medal ceremony coverage and a daily studio show hosted by Jimmy Roberts.
What times will the games be on TV?
Daytime coverage starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, on NBC. NBC’s daytime coverage runs 3-5 p.m. on weekdays and 3-6 p.m. on weekends.
Primetime starts at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 7 p.m. on Sundays on NBC. How long the coverage runs will vary. Some nights it’ll be over at 11 or 11:30 p.m., but it could go as late as midnight or 12:30. You should still get a late newscast from WRAL, followed by more coverage.
This starts after your local news on WRAL, instead of shows like “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” The start time will vary, though. You’ll get Olympics programming through the night into early morning.
NOTE: On the non-NBC networks, air times will vary. The Olympics Channel and NBCSN will have the most coverage of the cable channels.
Where can I see a schedule?
Full schedule: nbcolympics.com/full-schedule
Streaming schedule: nbcolympics.com/live-stream-schedule
What will I miss?
▪ “Days of Our Lives” should be safe at 1 p.m., so no worries there. And you’ll still get “The Doctors” at 2. But “Dr. Phil” will not air at 3 p.m. and WRAL’s 4 p.m. local news will be pre-empted. (You’ll still get WRAL’s 5 and 6 p.m. news and the NBC Nightly News at 6:30 p.m.)
▪ Of course, all of the regular NBC primetime shows are on vacation. They will all return on Feb. 26.
▪ The NBC late night shows are also on vacation during the Olympics.
How do I stream this stuff?
All coverage will be streamed on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports App, starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7.
▪ You can get to the NBCOlympics website on your computer or on a tablet.
▪ You can use the NBCSports app on your mobile device (Apple or Android) or stream it on your TV with Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire, Xbox or a Samsung Smart TV.
You will need to be an authenticated user, which means you’ll be prompted to enter a cable account login or a login that gives you access through a streaming service account such as Sling (many streaming services include passwords that work for network sites and apps).
▪ You can also stream from OlympicsChannel.com on your computer or tablet.
How do I sign up for a streaming service?
If you don’t have cable but want to get all of this access just for February, Suppose.TV breaks down what each service offers in this area and the prices. You can sign up for just one month and cancel.
Here’s the link for this area.
What else do I need to know?
▪ You’ll have a new host this year. Mike Tirico will be the primetime host of the games, taking over for Bob Costas.
▪ For the first time for the Winter Games, NBC will present primetime coverage live across all time zones.
Primetime coverage will include events like alpine skiing, figure skating (a lot of figure skating), snowboard/freestyle skiing and short track.
▪ Also for the first time, NBC will have live coverage during their late-night hours, which they call primetime-plus (that means instead of late night shows like “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers”).
Some of the events you’ll see in late night are similar to those airing in primetime, but will include snowboarding phenom Chloe Kim, who makes her debut with the women’s halfpipe on Feb. 11.
Local NBC affiliate WRAL has a lot planned for the Winter Olympics.
Anchors David Crabtree and Kathryn Brown are reporting from the games in PyeongChang. Their reports will be a mix of politics, sports and human interest stories.
You can see those reports on WRAL’s half-hour program called “The Olympic Zone,” which airs each night of the games at 7:30 p.m., starting Thursday, Feb. 8 (with the exception of the Opening Ceremony night, Friday, Feb. 9; Sunday, Feb. 11; and Sunday, Feb. 18).
Gerald Owens and Debra Morgan will host that program from a virtual and augmented reality set that is pretty cutting edge for a local television station.