Prefer no spring for live TV? Here’s How To Stream The Tokyo Games For Free

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You’d also jump for joy if you just found out you didn’t have to pay $60 or more to stream the Olympics. (Photo: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

If you’re a cord cutter, you might be wondering how to watch the Olympics now that you’re out of cable. One option is to hook up an antenna (remember that one?) to your TV and enjoy the live broadcasts on your local NBC station. (Here’s a amplified indoor antenna for sale at Amazon for only $20, down from $25.)

However, if you don’t live close enough to get a good signal, you now have streaming options – usually expensive ones, in the form of live TV services like Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV.

Fortunately, there are two other choices for Olympic streaming available, both free (or cheap, depending on the options).

The first is NBC’s Own Peacock Service, which you can watch on just about anything with a screen: phone, tablet, Amazon Fire TV devices, Roku devices, and so on. Just install the Peacock app and you’re good to go.

NBC's free Peacock app lets you stream the Tokyo games - some of them, anyway.  (Photo: Peacock TV)

NBC’s free Peacock app lets you stream the Tokyo games — some of them anyway. (Photo: Peacock TV)

Note that while the free Peacock tier shows some live games (along with plenty of previously recorded highlights), this one doesn’t have them all. For example, if you want to watch men’s basketball, you need Peacock Plus, which costs $5 per month. And if you want an ad-free experience, Peacock Plus Premium costs $10 per month. (Luckily there is no contract; you can always cancel after the Games are over.)

Another option worth considering: Locast, a free, non-profit streaming service which serves all your local channels. It is currently available in about 35 markets and has apps for all major platforms (Apple, Android, Roku, etc.).

So in addition to NBC, you should also be able to get your area’s ABC, CBS, PBS, and other stations. This offers a more traditional viewing experience of the Olympics; you “tune in” to the live broadcast and watch it just as you would via cable or aerial.

One caveat: Locast occasionally interrupts the stream with short commercials asking for donations. This can get annoying pretty quickly, especially during the Games, so consider donating $5 to get rid of all those ads. Although you must set this up as a recurring monthly donation, you can cancel it at any time.

My two cents: Locast is the way to go. I found Peacock’s app a bit confusing, especially when looking for live broadcasts. Although Locast’s ads drove me nuts, I decided it was worth $5 to ban them for a month.

This Insignia TV offers 55-inch 4K streaming goodness.  You can add the Locast and/or Peacock apps to watch the Olympics.  (Photo: Best Buy)

This Insignia TV offers 55-inch 4K streaming goodness. You can add the Locast and/or Peacock apps to watch the Olympics. (Photo: Best Buy)

Two more cents: the Olympic Games are best enjoyed on a spacious 4K screen. If you were looking for it, Best Buy now has a solid sale: The 55-inch Insignia F30 4K UHD Smart Fire TV for $400, that’s $100 off the regular price.

Just need to equip your TV with streaming capabilities? The top rated (and really great, in my humble opinion) Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is on sale now for $40. That’s not the lowest price ever, but it’s still a $10 savings.

Go team USA!

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