The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Sport fans of the world, unite! The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are finally here! Scheduled to take place from 7 to 23 February 2014 in Sochi, Russia, this could easily be the most exciting Winter Olympics yet. Here you can catch up with the opening ceremony which took place this night at 20:14 (Russian time).
Despite some controversies about its budget, including allegations of corruption and one lazy Olympic ring which has failed to open, this should to be the best sporting event of the decade! With more than 2,600 athletes from 88 nations participating the real question is — will you be able to keep track of all these exciting events?
So how to stream the Sochi Winter Olympics for free?
If you live in the USA you will be able to stream the Olympic games via NBC. Check out http://www.nbcolympics.com/. However, in order to stream it through NBC you will need to have a proper contract with one of the cable providers. NBC, which is owned by Comcast, is once again restricting all of its live streaming coverage to cable/satellite/telco subscribers, who must log in with the credentials of their pay TV account. Simply put — no cable bill, no access.
All is not lost, however. Here’s how you can catch the Olympic action in HD live streaming:
BBC Sport will deliver the most complete digital coverage of a Winter Games to date. They will be broadcasting more than 650 hours of live action via six HD streams. The Winter Olympic Games live page will be available from www.bbc.co.uk/sport.
Even better, Canada’s CBC network is serving up 12 feeds of live event coverage online.
Now, if you have read all the above mentioned and started despairing since you won’t be able to enjoy the Winter Olympics streaming on CBS or BBC, not to worry because it’s fairly easy to overcome this geo-blocking thingy using VPN.
[notice]VPN is a tiny program which runs as a background process while you are on-line. VPN will simply overcome such blockage by allowing your computer to be virtually shown as a part of the Canadian or British network.[/notice]
Choose the best VPN provider for the task
When making this choice, bear in mind the most important criteria that will affect quality of the stream: the number of servers available in the UK or Canada.
There are many different VPN providers but my first choice is HideMyAss! Pro VPN. They have 71 server in the UK and 32 servers in Canada, which is more than enough to cover the high load during the Olympic Games!
Finally, your main decision then would seem to be whether to stream from the BBC in the UK or from the CBC in Canada. Due to better streaming speeds, I’d recommend the BBC if you’re located anywhere in Europe, or the CBS if you’re in the USA.