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TV Viewing Guide to the 2018 Winter Olympics

As just a few events have started, and everyone begins to enjoy the action of the XXII Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, you might be wondering where you can catch all the events. Great Plains Communications has the guide for you on where and when to watch so you don’t miss a thing.

First off, the channels that will be airing the Olympic events are NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA, and new to Great Plains Communications channel line-up, the Olympic Channel. However, it is only NBC who will be broadcasting the opening ceremony tomorrow, February 9. The live coverage of the ceremony begins at 5 a.m. CT and then will air (taped) again at 7 p.m. CT on NBC.

What many might not know is that the only way to watch the Winter Olympics in the U.S. is through NBC. And this year NBC is changing things up a bit, and live streaming almost every event, broadcasting around 1,800 hours of live coverage. Due to the time difference between South Korea and the U.S., there will be a lot of events airing throughout the night.

Which Channel is Showing Which Olympic Sport?

  • NBC has 176 hours of coverage: Opening Ceremony (Feb. 9), Medal Ceremonies, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Short Track, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Luge, Alpine Skiing, Speed Skating, Biathlon, Cross-Country, Nordic Combined, Skeleton, Bobsled, and Figure Skating Gala, Closing Ceremony (Feb. 25)
  • NBC Sports Network has 369 hours of coverage: Curling (Mixed Doubles, Men, Women), Alpine Skiing, Luge, Cross-Country Skiing, Short Track, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Speed Skating, Biathlon, Figure Skating: Olympic Ice, Hockey (Men, Women), Nordic Combined, Skeleton, Bobsled, and Figure Skating Gala
  • USA Network has 40.5 hours of hockey: Hockey (Men, Women)
  • CNBC has 46 hours of curling: Curling (Mixed Doubles, Women)
  • The Olympics Channel has 24/7 News Coverage: Victory Ceremonials, Olympic Channel News, and Winter Olympic Daily News

For the full details, go to NBC’s TV Schedule.

If you are looking for ways to stream, NBC Sports app is available on Android phones/tablets, iPhone/iPads, Roku devices, Fire TV devices, as well as Apple TVs. If you are a Great Plains Communications cable customer, you will be able to find our name from the list of service providers to watch the streams from or the NBC Sports app. If you do not currently have cable, will allow you 30 minutes in the first session of streaming and 5 extra minutes per day after. If you would like to sign up for cable with Great Plains Communications, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative will be happy to assist you.

Team USA 2018

This Friday, February 9, 2018 men and women from around the world will enter the Olympic stadium in PyeongChang, South Korea as the 2018 Winter Olympic games opening ceremony begins. Great Plains Communications has highlighted a few interviews with athletes such as Mikaela Shiffrin, Ashley Caldwell, and pair Madison Chock and Evan Bates. Meet some of Team USA below.

Alpine Skier Mikaela Shiffrin


Aerials Skier Ashley Caldwell


Ice Dancers Madison Chock & Evan Bates


Watch our Facebook on Thursday for a blog on how to watch the opening ceremony, how to stream and more!

Throwback to the First Winter Olympics

Thamas, Bonna, and Lanvik in the 1924 Winter Olympics

It’s a throwback Thursday to January 25, 1924 as the first Winter Olympics began at Chamonix in the French Alps. The games were originally known as the “International Winter Sports Week,” involving six sports. According to the History Channel, “Norway won the unofficial team competition with 17 medals,” while “the United States came in third, winning its only gold medal with Charles Jewtraw’s victory in the 500-meter speed-skating event.”

The original Olympics was formed in 1896 called the Nordic Games and only Scandinavian countries competed. Similar to the modern Olympics, it was held every four years, but always in Sweden. “In 1908, figure skating made its way into the Summer Olympics in London, though it was not actually held until October, some three months after the other events were over,” says. It wasn’t until 1925 that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) formally created the Winter Olympics, making the event at Chamonix the first.

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games is coming up, so watch for more information here on our blog as the February 9, 2018 start date quickly approaches.

What Channels to Watch for the 2016 Rio Olympics

According to, we can expect 6,755 hours of unprecedented programming for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, meaning you will want to have your remote ready so you don’t miss any of your favorite sports. That 6,755 hours breaks down to roughly 356 hours of coverage a day for 16 days. Just think, if the entire programming ran on one channel, it would take 281 days to finish airing. Great Plains Communications has listed all the channels to watch and also an alternative viewing option.

Broadcast Networks:


Cable Channels:



Golf Channel


NBC Sports Network

NBC Universo

USA Network

Specialty channels (Basketball and Soccer)




NBC will cover 260.5 hours of programming, beginning with Opening Ceremony on Friday night starting at 7 pm CT. Not only will there be competition aired on NBC, but also athlete features, spotlight segments on the host city and country and interviews with medal-winning athletes.

If you are a Great Plains Communications cable customer, don’t worry about missing the action when you’re not at home. With WatchTVEverywhere, you can stream the competition from multiple devices. Call our Customer Response Center today at 1-855-853-1483 with questions on how to sign up.

Get Connected to the Olympics Online

OlympicsIf you want to find out even more about the Olympics, be sure to use your Great Plains Communications’ Internet to connect with NBC Olympics coverage all over the web.  Here is a recap of the available social channels:

The Facebook page will allow fans to discover content, engage with the community and celebrate major moments. On Facebook, NBC Olympics will provide fans with information around what events are happening at the Olympics each day, link to livestreams, dynamic stories, photo galleries and videos from and offer sneak peeks to primetime coverage.

During primetime, the page will also be home to regular figure skating Q&As with Olympic champion and host Sarah Hughes and highlight major moments of victory with compelling celebratory shareable content. The Facebook page will not, however, be updating your feed with results. For, that, be sure to follow us on Twitter.

Twitter: @NBCOlympics
Twitter, conversely, will be the destination for up-to-the-minute results and breaking news. As long as competition is going on, @NBCOlympics will also keep you informed with tune-in posts and coming-ups about when events will livestream on as well as on television. It will keep you in-the-know about cool happenings in Sochi, pump out highlight video, photo galleries and stories, interact with athletes, and of course – engage and retweet followers.

There will also be exclusive access to athletes in Sochi as they take over the @NBCOlympics handle periodically, do Twitter Q&As and Vine videos.

Instagram: @NBCOlympics
Instagram is home to all of the behind-the-scenes photography taken by members of the NBC team on the ground in Sochi. It will provide a breadth of unique perspectives: everything from capturing a moment of a snowboarder after he finishes a top-scoring run, to the control room in the IBC minutes before primetime taping begins, to Instagram videos of our research team giving their thoughts on a day’s results.

Dedicated to Olympics fans all over the world, the NBC Olympics Tumblr page is completely based on user-generated content. Upload your photos (directly to the page) that show just how big of an Olympics fan you are.

The Google+ page will keep you updated with photos, articles and video from the Games while also asking questions of the community based on events taking place each day.

To join the conversation around the Olympics, NBC Olympics will be using the following hashtags:


*Information in this blog provided by NBC Olympics

Get Ready for the 2012 Olympics

Do you love the Olympics?  No?  Then this post may not be for you.  However, if you enjoy watching the greatest athletes come together and make their stand to be the best of the best, then keep reading.

The Summer Olympics make its triumphant return in July and you can already start getting your fix.  Universal has full explanations of each sport, great for explaining trampolining as an Olympic sport, and are rolling out videos to get fans prepped for the games.

Did you know that the Olympic games have a Nebraska connection?  The U.S. Swim trials will be held in Omaha for the second time in a row.  It’s the first time a city has received the trials back-to-back!  The US figure skating championships will also be held in Nebraska later this year.

*The Olympics will be televised as a mix of live events and tape delay.