Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: Coverage options beyond NBC

Posted: February 9, 2014 in The Geek Corner
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Chuck Talking Tech / by Chuck Bienenfeld

February 9, 2014

It would be nice if NBC would show the events you are interested in when you want to watch them?  I’m not sure that I’d be all that wrong if I hazard a guess that this was not always the case.  If you were like me you did not want to watch hours and hours of ice skating during the prime time this weekend.  Well if you have read my blog post on using a virtual private network (VPN) you are able to bypass geographic restrictions and are watching events as broadcast by other media outlets.  If not, read on.

I want to take a minute a looking at a few of the outlets.  There is close to home NBC, our neighbors to the north the CBC, across the pond the BBC and down under TenPlay.

Starting here in the U.S. with NBC you can you have access to hours and hours of live and recorded events via their website at  The drawback is that you can’t be a cord cutter.  That is to say you need to be paying for cable or dish TV.  To access the online content you need to sign in when with your cable/dish account.  The list of media providers covers almost every one of the companies.  For the cord cutters, you are given a 30 minute temporary pass to watch the videos with 5 minutes a day there after.

For those who do not have a cable/dish account (cord cutters) but still want to enjoy the wonders that are the olympics or simply anyone who want to see the events other then mainstream US ratings winning events, there are other internet outlet such as the CBC (Canada), BBC (British Isles) or TenPlay (Australia).  These outlets offer the content without making anyone prove they have a valid cable account.  The drawback is the content is only for those who reside in those respected countries.  On the bright side for those who want to view the coverage from those other countries they can bypass the geographic restrictions by making use of one of the many VPNs that allow you to enter the internet in your country of choice.  For example with Private Internet Access I can enter the internet in Toronto, London, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Germany or any one of a half dozen more countries.  This allows me to watch the live and recorded events without the geographic restriction.  For more information on this topic please check out the Chuck Talking Tech blog post “Why I don’t surf free wifi without protection”.  In the post I discuss using a VPN to bypass geographic restrictions.

And of course there is a Wikipedia page dedicated to the 2014 winter olympics broadcasters to help you coordinate between available VPN entrance points and the countries broadcasting the events.  Enjoy the internet and olympics


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