How to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony Friday

Early Friday morning, the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where 92 nations and more than 2,500 athletes will compete in 102 events over the next two and a half weeks.

The games will run through Feb. 25 They began Wednesday, before one the Games’ signature events — the opening ceremony— which always offers the world a chance to celebrate together, at least those of us who are awake at what can be odd hours for some parts of the globe, depending on where you live.

Here’s how to watch the opening ceremony to the 2018 Winter Olympics:

When is Winter Olympics opening ceremony happening?

The opening ceremony in Pyeongchang will start at 8 p.m. local time, which in the United States will be Friday at 6 a.m. Eastern Time and 3 a.m. Pacific Time. Yes, that’s 3 a.m. Pacific.

If you don’t catch a livestream of the ceremony, you can watch it on television when it officially airs on Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern Time / 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

What channels will carry the opening ceremony?

NBC holds the exclusive rights to the Winter Olympics, and it will be the only network to broadcast the opening ceremony.

What are the livestreaming options?

For those who don’t want to wait until Friday evening, NBC’s website and its various apps will stream the opening ceremony live. Viewers can also watch it their TV streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

Caveat: To watch live online, viewers will need to authenticate access through their cable provider log-in. If you don’t have one, you can still watch for free by signing up for a free trial of YouTube TV, Sling TV, Hulu, Fubo TV or DirectTV Now.

What should viewers anticipate?

The Winter Olympics will kick off at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. However, it will be first time that two neighboring nations that are historically at odds — North Korea and South Korea — compete together in unity. Keep an eye out for the joint Korean team.

As punishment for its systematic doping program at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia was banned from competing in this year’s Winter Games. Instead, some 160 athletes under the banner of “Olympic Athletes from Russia” will be in attendance. Keep an eye out for these undercover athletes.

As in past ceremonies, mechanical malfunctions can happen. We won’t know what will happen in this year’s opening ceremony, but who could forget the malfunctioning Olympic ring that didn’t open in Sochi?

Who are the figures or athletes to watch?

Time magazine has a great list of 31 Team USA athletes to watch at the Winter Olympics. But if you’re from California and you’re rooting for your home state, here’s a list of 21 athletes from the Golden State participating in the games. If you’re a local from San Diego like us, we have a list of names you can look for at the ceremony: Meet the 5 Winter Olympic athletes with ties to San Diego




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