How to watch Winter X-Games live and free
Skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling will again be among the highlights when the action is packed into 4 intense days of world-class competition in the ski resort town of Aspen in the United States.
The top men's and women's winter sports athletes, including Australian snowboarding superstar and defending X-Games champion Scotty James, descend on Aspen for the annual competition. Gold, silver and bronze medals, along with cash prizes, will be up for grabs.
When are the Winter X-Games?
The Winter X-Games run from Thursday 23 January through to Sunday 26 January. With the time difference, the first live broadcast of night one in Australia starts at 2pm AEDT on Friday 24 January. Check your local guides for all broadcast times.
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Where are the Winter X-Games?
Once again this year the Winter X-Games are being held at the Buttermilk Ski Resort in Aspen, Colorado, about 290km west of Denver.
How to watch the X-Games live and free in Australia
All X-Games competitions are hosted, produced and broadcast by ESPN. That means for this year's Winter X-Games, your options are Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Fetch TV. Read on to find out more.
How to watch the Winter X-Games on Kayo Sports
Kayo has no lock-in contracts and you can cancel any time. A Basic subscription will cost you $25/month and gives you access to 2 screens or devices at once. It also offers a Premium subscription for $10 more per month and 3 screens. We have a full review here so you can check it all out.
Kayo also has a number of special features, such as Kayo Minis, which are available shortly after competitions have ended. SplitView allows you to watch four events at once.
It is compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2018 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast and AirPlay.
Watch the Winter X-Games on Foxtel iQ
If you have a Foxtel iQ subscription including the Sports HD pack, you are all set to tune in to the X-Games. You can watch on your television or it can be streamed on your laptop or mobile using Foxtel GO or the ESPN app.
Both are free with your Sports HD pack for $25/month through Foxtel. The problem is you also need the Foxtel Plus package for $49/month. This blows the total monthly bill out to $74/month. One advantage is Foxtel is also the only broadcaster in Australia that currently offers users access to 4K sports content.
You may also find that you're up for some potential installation costs, though Foxtel iQ deals are often available.
How to watch the Winter X-Games with Foxtel Now
You have to subscribe to the Essentials pack in addition to the Sport pack which costs $54/month. That makes it cheaper than Foxtel iQ, but still double the price of a Basic subscription with Kayo Sports.
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How to watch the Winter X-Games on Fetch TV
Subscription service Fetch TV also has access to ESPN and the Winter X-Games. You can access Fetch TV via its Vibe channel pack for $6/month. The total cost of your subscription will depend on whether you bought your Fetch box outright or through a broadband provider.
- Day 1 – Men's Snowboard SuperPipe Final and Women's Snowboard Big Air Final
- Day 2 – Men's Big Ski Air Final, Men's Snowboard SuperPipe Session
- Day 3 – Men's and Women's Snowboard Slopestyle finals, Snow BikeCross, Buttermilk Superpipe, Women's Snowboard SuperPipe Final
- Day 4 – Women's Ski Slopestyle Final, Snowboard Slope Rail Jam, Snowboard Knuckle Up, Men's Ski SuperPipe Final and Snow Bike Best Trick Final
Image source: Kayo Sports website