The 2018 Winter Olympics, one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, is well under way in PyeongChang, South Korea, and the last week of sporting events is left.
Over the next few days, hundreds more athletes from around the world will be competing for gold over ice and snow, and you can watch it all from the comfort and warmth of your own couch.
The Games are being watched by over a billion viewers worldwide, making it one of the most-watched sports broadcasts of the year.
For once, Australians don’t have stay up all night to watch the Games – there’s a time difference of just an hour, with South Korea trailing us. So when the games begin at 10am in PyeongChang, we’re all up and about at 11am.
With a few more days to go, you can cheer your favourite athlete or watch your preferred sport live and free every day till the Games end on February 25.
You can check the schedule of the Winter Olympics in its entirety, but here's a gist of what's happening over the next couple of days:
- Day 10 (Monday, February 19) : Bobsleigh is the main highlight for day 10, with plenty of skiing action, snowboard and speed skating also taking centre stage.
- Day 11 (Tuesday, February 20): The biathlon continues for the endurance athletes, with lots of curling, ice hockey, figure skating and the bobsleigh thrown into the mix.
- Day 12 (Wednesday, February 21): Freestyle skiing takes over the day, with more snowboard action, speed skating and bobsleigh as well.
Watching the Winter Olympics on TV
Seven continues its broadcast of the Winter Games in Australia, so you can tune into the network’s free-to-air channels from 11am AEST every day until the Games finish this weekend.
Channel 70 has everything in HD, but you can still keep up on Channel 7 if crystal clear footage isn't too important to you. However, the Olympics broadcast moves over to 7Mate (channel 73) when the evening news and My Kitchen Rules comes on.
Watching the Winter Olympics online
If you’d rather be streaming the action live online, you can head to 7Plus, Seven’s online platform that provides a live feed to all the channels in the network. The 7Plus mobile app is also available to download from Android’s Google Play Store or the iOS App Store if you’d like to keep up with the action while on the move.
The Seven Network also has a dedicated Winter Olympics app as well, which comes with plenty of extras, like athlete biographies, news, access to multiple event and medal tallies. The Olympics On 7 app is available for both Android and iOS.
While the app itself is free to download and use on any platform, users have the option of upgrading to a paid premium service if they’d like to not be bombarded by numerous adverts. It’s a one-time payment of $14.99 and all the action is in glorious HD.
If you want a less-filtered live coverage of the Winter Olympics than what the Seven Network is able to provide, the Games are being broadcast on Foxtel as well.
With no lock-in contracts or setup fees, you can stream the games on Foxtel Now for free during the two-week trial period the company offers if you're a first-time user.
Be sure to opt for the sport package to ensure you get access to everything Foxtel has broadcast rights to.
Once the Games end, however, you might want to discontinue the service if you aren't too keen on Foxtel's program options. If you're happy with Foxtel Now and would like to continue with the streaming service, Starter Packs kick of at $10 a piece, with optional add-ons.
Photos courtesy of Organising Committee for PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and the Korean Culture and Information Services.