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How to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony

The ceremony will be live from PyeongChang, South Korea.

PyeongChang 2018 Olympics venues Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images

It’s that time again. The XXIII Winter Olympic Games are here.

This year, the Olympic Games are being held in PyeongChang, South Korea. And while some events started the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the U.S. (or Thursday in Korea), the official opening ceremony and lighting of the Olympic torch will take place Friday, Feb. 9.

The opening ceremony will start at 8 pm KT (that’s 6 am ET / 3 am PT here in the U.S.).

NBC*, which exclusively holds the rights to the Olympic Games, will air the ceremony on its broadcast TV channel at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT on Friday. While that’s 14 hours after the ceremony actually occurred in South Korea, it’s more conveniently timed for prime-time advertising and U.S. viewing.

No TV? You can also watch a livestream, which is available through NBC’s apps, including NBC, NBC Sports and NBC’s Olympics website.

Don’t want to wait 14 hours after the event has happened to watch? Wake up early and head to, which will be airing the opening ceremony at 6 am ET / 3 am PT. You’ll need to use a password from a traditional cable company you subscribe to or from another TV service like Hulu, PlayStation Vue or YouTube TV to log in.

Or you can download the NBC Sports mobile app (Android / iOS).

Four Olympic speed skaters in USA jerseys racing on the ice Richard Heathcote / Getty

Just want to stay on social media? We hear you. There’s a number of athletes using the #WinterOlympics hashtag on Twitter who you can follow.

For other viewing and streaming options, our sister site The Verge has put together a detailed how-to guide to Olympic viewing.

And for full coverage on medal counts, results and just about everything else you can think of, check out our other sister site, SB Nation.

* NBCUniversal is a minority investor in Vox Media, which owns this site. Vox Media has also collaborated with NBCUniversal on The Podium, a podcast series about the Olympics.

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