At this point, you likely already know that the 2018 Winter Olympic Games are being held in PyeongChang, South Korea. As of Friday, February 9th, the Games are officially underway. The first events in figure skating and alpine skiing have come and gone, and the Opening Ceremony live-stream has aired (though a more produced version will air tonight on NBC).
And by now, you’ve probably noticed the major time lag in when we actually get to watch events on TV. The Opening Ceremony happened in the early hours of the morning in the United States, but it was clearly nighttime in South Korea. So how many hours ahead is PyeongChang?
The answer is: It varies depending on where you are in the U.S. For Eastern time, PyeongChang is 14 hours ahead. For Central time, it’s 15 hours; Mountain time, it’s 16 hours; and Pacific time, it’s 17 hours. That means that if NBC is broadcasting live at 8 p.m. EST, it’s actually 10 a.m. the following day in PyeongChang.
In the USA, it generally makes the most sense for networks to broadcast the games in the evening, when viewers are home from work and able to tune in. That usually means the events have already happened hours earlier if the games are being held in the eastern hemisphere.
Now, thanks to live updates on social media, viewers typically already know who won and who lost before watching at home. And the most dedicated of Olympic fans can watch the events any time they like thanks to live streaming (it’ll often just mean getting up way early).
You can tune into the live-streaming on NBC. Happy watching!