AAFES and NBC offer more than 2,400 free hours of Olympics coverage to troops


(Photo: US Navy, Petty Officer 1st Class Preston Keres)

Troops around the world will be able to chant “USA! USA!” along with their countrymen this month when the XXIII Olympic Winter Games begin in PyeongChang, South Korea. NBC Universal and the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) will provide free streaming access for desktop and personal, handheld devices.

More than 2,400 hours of free coverage will be available online for the military community around the world.

In addition, more than 50 hours of live, virtual reality coverage will be available to troops worldwide. Powered through Intel True VR, it’s the first time in Olympic history that live, virtual reality coverage will be available in the United States across platforms and devices. It can be accessed through the NBC Sports VR app with Windows Mixed Reality headsets, Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard, and Google Daydream devices. Both iOS and Android are supported.

Those watching virtual reality coverage will be able to see a wide range of events including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, skiing, snowboarding, figure skating, ski jumping, hockey, and other sports.

To gain free streaming access for all coverage (virtual reality or otherwise), service members and veterans will need to visit NBCOlympics.com or the NBC Sports app and choose the Exchange as their “service provider.” Individuals must also have active shopmyexchange.com accounts for verification and eligibility.

By J.G. Noll

8 Comments

  1. Hey all,
    I figured it out, from what I have found anyone streaming on a device has not been able to get this to work. However, you can get it on your computer and use an HDMI connection to your tv.
    To login with the use of Exchange go to nbcolympics.com, the home page. Click the Watch tab. Scroll to the watch live options and click a stream. Click to verify account (should be under the countdown clock) and choose Exchange. It will take you to the shopmyexchange site to verify your active account, and then you are able to watch.
    Hope this helps, I am going to try the same steps on an app to see what happens but since you have to verify a code with a provider it doesn’t look like that is an option.
    If anybody gets an app to work with the Exchange options reply how!

  2. I got the app to work for NBC. Look for exchange and then it will ask you to login to the exchange and then it works

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