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Adrenaline junkies rejoice! The Winter X Games are finally here. The powder is fresh in Aspen, Colorado, where athletes like freestyle skier James Woods, snowboarder Scotty James, and gymnast turned snowboarder Anna Gasser will be competing on Buttermilk Mountain all weekend long. There will also be live performances from Lil Wayne, Chainsmokers, Louis the Child, and Kygo. You don’t need a lift ticket to take part, either. Here’s everything you need to know to watch the 2019 Winter X Games online for free.
How to watch Winter X Games online for free
The live broadcast of the 2019 Winter X Games will take place from Jan. 24-27 on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC. A handful of the events not included on ESPN will be shared on the X Games Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube channel.
The following live TV streaming services include ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC, or some combination of the three. Plus, they all offer a free trial for one week, allowing you to watch the Winter X Games in their entirety. Here’s everything you need to know about each service, with links to learn more before committing.
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick,Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV offers two cable packages based on your particular needs (Sling Orange and Sling Blue). You’ll find ESPN and its sister channels on Sling Orange. If you want to round out your cable channel package, you can grab upgrade to Sling Orange + Blue package to get access to channels like Bravo, FX, and your local FOX and NBC networks in select markets. You won’t find ABC, but there’s a good chance that any Winter X Games events on ABC will simulcast on ESPN3. (Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.)
- Cost: $40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV not only gives you access to on-demand content, but you’ll also be able to stream live TV, including local networks. This includes ESPN and ESPN 2, so you won’t miss a moment of the Winter X Games. You’ll also get nearly 60 channels, including TNT, FS1 and FS2, USA, and plenty more, so you’ll no have shortage of extreme sports. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
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- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
While you don’t need a PlayStation console to use Sony’s PlayStation Vue streaming service, it certainly wouldn’t hurt. It looks fantastic on a PS4 and lets you jump from gaming to streaming on one device. One subscription lets you stream on up to five devices, all with unlimited cloud DVR storage. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)
4) YouTube TV
- Cost: $49.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
You don’t have to worry about YouTube TV availability anymore. The service is now available nationwide. YouTube TV provides more than 60 popular cable networks, including local channels. Among them are sports channels including ESPN and FS1, entertainment destinations like FXX and TBS, and even a handful of Spanish language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. One YouTube TV subscription lets you add up to six accounts, each with unlimited cloud DVR. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here).
5) DirecTV Now
- Cost: $40-$75 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- DirecTV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check local availability)
DirecTV Now is DirecTV’s answer to online streaming. If you simply must have the most channels, DirecTV Now offers upwards of 125 of them in its most expensive package. Of course, its basic $40-a-month Live a Little plan will get you access to ESPN and ESPN2, where you can get your fix of the Winter X Games. (You can find the full list of DirecTV Now channels here.)
Other places to watch the Winter X Games
Some events will be streamed online, including all the live music performances.
You can catch a Winter X Games live stream via the X Game YouTube Channel.
Highlights and interviews will be available periodically on the X Games Twitter.
You can catch another live-stream feed via Facebook.
2019 Winter X Games Aspen schedule
X Games Aspen 2019 is already underway. It runs from Jan. 24-27. Here are the main events.
Thursday, Jan. 24
- 1:00-2:15 PM ET – Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding/Jeep Men’s Ski Slopestyle Elimination/The Real Cost Men’s Snowboard Big Air Elimination
- 7:30-8:30 PM ET – Woman’s Ski SuperPipe
- 10:00-12:00 AM ET – Great Clips Men’s Ski SuperPipe Final Pacifico Women’s Snowboarding Big Air
Friday, Jan. 25
- 12:00-3:30 PM ET – Jeep Woman’s Ski Slopestyle/The Real Cost Men’s Ski Big Air Elimination/Jeep Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Elimination
- 7:00-8:00 PM ET – Snowmobile Freestyle
- 9:00-9:45 PM ET – Women’s Ski Big Air
- 10:35-12:30 AM ET – The Real Cost Men’s Snowboarding Big Air/Woman’s Ski Big Air/Snowmobile Freestyle
Saturday, Jan. 26
- 1:00-6:00 PM ET – Jeep Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle/Women’s Ski Slopestyle/Jeep Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle/Wendy’s Snow BikeCross
- 8:30-9:00 PM ET – Wendy’s Snowboard Knuckle Huck
- 10:00-12:00 AM ET – The Real Cost Men’s Ski Big Air Final/SoFi Woman’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final
Sunday, Jan. 27
- 2:00-4:00 PM ET – Jeep Men’s Ski Slopestyle Final/Adaptive & Para Snow BikeCross/Wendy’s Snowboard Knuckle Huck
- 7:00-8:00 PM ET – Harley Davidson Hill Climb
- 8:30-11:00 PM ET – Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final/Snow Bike Best Trick Final/Harley-Davidson Hill Climb
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Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.