2014 Winter Olympics
Hey sport fans! As we all know the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics or officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games are scheduled to take place from 7 to 23 February 2014 in Sochi, Russia. We are just a few days away from the grand opening!
Despite some controversies about its budget, including allegations of corruption, this is going to be the best sporting event of the decade! With more than 2,500 athletes from 88 nations participating the real question is — will you be able to keep track of all the events? I bet you’re quite excited already! I know because I am 🙂
How to stream the 2014 Winter Olympics in full HD quality?
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.
Due to licensing agreements with the International Olympic Committee, however, both the BBC and CBC are required to restrict streaming access to domestic users, a practice known as geo-blocking.
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.
VPN is a tiny program which runs in the background while you are online. VPN will simply overcome such blockage by allowing your computer to be virtually shown as a part of the Canadian or British network.
The best VPN provider for HD video streaming of Olympic Games
Simply put, when making a choice, bear in mind the most important criteria that may 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 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.