By Brad Tuttle
February 25, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, end on Sunday, February 25, and fans in the U.S. have two opportunities to watch the Olympics closing ceremony for free during the day.

NBC has broadcasting rights to the 2018 Winter Olympics, and local NBC channels around the country will air an edited, tape-delayed version of the closing ceremonies starting at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday. The beloved U.S. Olympic skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will be closing ceremony commentators, alongside NBC host Terry Gannon.

All you have to do to watch the Olympics closing ceremony for free is find your local NBC station and tune in. Most cable and satellite TV packages include free broadcast channels like ABC, CBS, and NBC. Viewers without a pay TV package in most of the country can watch the Olympics for free with the assistance of a digital antenna, which gives access to local broadcast channels at no charge.

How to Stream the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony for Free

To stream the Olympics closing ceremony on a smartphone, laptop, or other device, go to or the NBC Sports mobile app. Just note that while anyone will be allowed to stream some portion of the broadcast, after a 30-minute period you will be required to log in with a pay TV account number and password in order to continue watching.

Another option for streaming the Olympics closing ceremony is to sign up with a streaming TV service such as DirecTV Now, Hulu Live, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, or YouTube TV. In much of the country, these services include NBC and other local broadcast channels in their packages. All have free trials available for new subscribers as well, allowing you to stream to your heart’s content for a week or so before being charged the monthly rate, which costs $20 and up.

Bear in mind that the 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony actually take place 14 hours before you’ll watch or stream via NBC.

The closing ceremony starts live at 6 a.m. ET on Sunday, February 25. To watch the 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony when it is happening in real time, go to or the NBC Sports app for live-streaming. (Again, you’ll be able to stream for 30 minutes before being asked to log in with a pay TV account.) NBC says the livestreams will be shown only with “natural sound.” In other words, there won’t be any hosts or commentary.

So if you’re a big fan of Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir and want to hear what they have to say about the closing ceremony spectacle and breakout Olympics stars like Chloe Kim, Adam Rippon, and the gold medal-winning U.S. women’s hockey team, you’ll have to wait and watch NBC at 8 p.m. ET.

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