Excited about the Beijing Olympics? Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Winter Olympics in Singapore from 4-22 February
We may live in the land of endless summer but trust us, it’s winter somewhere! If you’re an expat hoping to watch your home country compete in the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics, or just love watching winter sports, we’ve got all the deets on how you can stream Olympics coverage from around the world.
When are the 2022 Olympics happening?
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will take place from 4 to 22 February, 2022.
Since we are in the very same time zone, we don’t even have to think about waking up to watch sporting events in the middle of the night!
What time is the Olympics Opening Ceremony?
In 2008 China left the world awed with its spectacular Opening Ceremony to kick off the Beijing Summer Games. The man behind that wondrous vision, Oscar-nominated Chinese film director Zhang Yimou, will become the first person to direct both a Summer and Winter Opening Ceremony. Zhang has promised a smaller-scale performance that will reflect the world’s current climate, but one that will also “inspire confidence in a pandemic-ravaged world.”
The Beijing 2022 Opening Ceremony will start on Friday, February 4 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Singapore local time. It is expected to last about four hours, and will take place at Beijing’s National Stadium, also known as “The Bird’s Nest.”
The Olympics Opening Ceremony is traditionally a spectacular event that symbolizes the official commencement of each Olympic Games. During the ceremony, viewers can look forward to unique artistic programs that showcase the host country’s culture and history, as well as key events such as the Parade of Nations, releasing of doves, and the lighting of the Olympic cauldron.
Read on for all the ways you can stream the 2022 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony live, including coverage from different countries in a variety of languages.
How can I watch the Beijing Olympics live?
Although Singapore doesn’t have any athletes competing in the Winter Games, Mediacorp’s Mewatch will offer free live streaming of events across nine dedicated channels (see the Beijing Olympics schedule here). You can also look for additional coverage – including highlights and a 24-hour Olympics News channel – on other Mediacorp entities such as Channel 5, CNA, and Mediacor’s YouTube Channel.
If you hail from a different country or have a particular interest in a different sport, you can use a VPN to connect to a server in your country of choice and stream the national broadcaster; in most countries it’s actually free!
There are lots of VPNs out there, but ExpressVPN gets top marks from various tech sites for its speed, security features, and excellent customer service. It’s super easy to set up and works with TVs, computers, phones and tablets, and even streaming boxes. And as a bonus you’ll be able to watch U.S. Netflix, Hulu, and lots of other overseas streaming services!
2022 Olympics broadcasts by country
To watch your home country’s Olympics coverage, you generally just need to follow these basic steps:
- Get ExpressVPN. [Enjoy 3 EXTRA months free & a 30-day money back guarantee to try it, risk-free]
- Connect to a secure server location in your preferred country.
- Sign up for or log in to your preferred streaming platform.
- Enjoy the Olympics!
Choose your country for specific streaming instructions:
The free Australian streaming service 7plus recently added the Olympic Channel to its channel lineup. Whether you want to stream any Olympic event live and on demand, or follow all your favourite Aussie sports and athletes, simply connect to an Australian server, sign up for a free 7plus account, and start streaming!
Austria has long dominated downhill skiing; maybe the secret’s in how they broadcast it? Tune in to national broadcaster ORF for free to enjoy Austria’s German-language coverage.
Watch the Belgian Olympics telecast
Belgium’s French-language broadcaster RTBF has exclusive free-to-air rights for the Beijing Olympics and will be broadcasting the event live, for free. Just connect to a secure Belgian server and sign up for the free streaming platform Auvio to start watching.
Stream Canada’s free Olympics coverage
Canada knows a thing or two about winter, eh? So it’s unsurprising that its free streaming platform CBC Gem offers comprehensive on-demand content. Signing up is a snap, and may only require a valid Canadian postal code (e.g. R3T 4A7, V1M 1Y8).
Watch Denmark’s Olympic broadcasts
It’s the Danes’ time to shine, and the national broadcaster DR will be offering free coverage of the Winter Olympics! Just connect to a secure server in Denmark and you should be able to start streaming, no account required.
Stream Olympics coverage in France
France Télévisions (France TV) holds the broadcasting rights for the 2022 Winter Olympics and will show the event for free. Connect to a server in France then create your account to start watching the Beijing Olympics.
Live stream German Olympic coverage
Yet another free streaming option is the German broadcaster ZDF, which will provide a free-to-air broadcast of Olympic events with Germany commentary.
Watch the BBC’s UK Olympics broadcast
There are actually two ways to watch Team GB compete in Beijing: you can connect to a UK VPN server, then sign up for the free BBC iPlayer (you’ll be prompted to provide a UK postcode, like WC1X 0AA, when creating your account). Like 7plus and CBC, BBC iPlayer will offer a comprehensive app with on-demand coverage of all events.
Alternatively, the free Swiss streaming service Zattoo will also carry the BBC Olympics feed. Simply connect to a server in Switzerland, sign up for a free account, and start streaming!
Stream Italian Olympics coverage
Italians made a big splash at the Summer Olympics last year with their exploits on the track, but they’re even stronger in downhill and cross-country skiing. Anyone wanting to watch Italian coverage of the Winter Olympics can just hop on the free streaming platform RaiPlay!
Watch the Netherlands broadcast of the Winter Olympics
Did you know Holland leads all countries in speed skating medals? Don’t miss a minute of the action—with Dutch commentary included, of course—when you stream free on the national broadcaster, NOS.
Stream the USA Olympics broadcast
There are a few different ways to watch American Olympics coverage. NBC holds the broadcast rights; if you have a U.S. cable log-in, connect to an American VPN server and then stream all Olympic events live and on-demand at both NBCOlympics.com, and on the NBC Sports app. You can also watch NBC’s live broadcasts via cord-cutting services like Hulu+, YouTube TV, and fuboTV.
Alternatively, NBC’s streaming platform Peacock will offer both live Olympic event livestreams and round-the-clock coverage on multiple channels on the platform’s “Premium” tier. Note that Peacock offers a 7-day free-trial, but otherwise pricing starts at 5 USD per month.
Happy streaming, mamas, and we hope your country wins lots of medals!