By Noah Henry • February 05, 2014
For 2014 and the rest of the decade, NBC holds the rights to Olympic cable broadcasting. NBC Universal paid $4.3 billion for such a grab, and is now planning to provide content through multiple outlets, catering to the modern needs of home Internet and mobile users.
But there’s a catch—you’re going to need a cable username and a password in most cases.
Live streaming has become such a ubiquitous tradition that in an unprecedented move NBC has expanded its channels to include its website and mobile app. To not miss a beat in the 539 hours of Olympic broadcasting, here’s how to watch the Sochi 2014 Olympics online and a few other methods to stay up-to-date with the big event:
Download the NBC Live Sports Extra App
As long as you or your friend has a cable, satellite or Telco TV subscription, you can watch the happenings in Sochi right from your mobile device—iPhone, iPad, or Android. Just get a VPN and you’re good to go. It’s free at Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store. You will be asked to provide your username and password and if no one you know has cable—family, friends, or neighbors—you might want to rethink that cable-cutting. The NBC Live Sports Extra App is perfect for those who will be away from home, as it’ll be streamed from anywhere in the U.S.
Go to the NBC Website
In an unprecedented move by a network, NBC is embracing the modern age and giving you everything you could possibly need through the Internet. NBCOlympics.com will be streaming all 15 sports, 18 days, and 95 medals. You will be able to watch preliminary rounds on Thursday, Feb. 6 and continuous coverage of every phase of competition at the NBC website. Thereafter, you will be able to watch the opening ceremonies on Friday, Feb. 7 and live daytime broadcasts on Saturday, Feb. 8. According to NBC, “Whatever is on schedule that day, if cameras are on it, we’ll stream it.”
Get Updates from Olympic.org
Although you won’t be able to actively watch sports as they happen, Olympic.org is the mother of all Olympic sites. It’s going to be the go-to destination for live results, team stats, news, photos and videos.
Stream to Your TV, If You Have One, If You Have an Apple TV
No, it’s not just for the tech-savviest of us all, although it does require some extra gadgets. If you have an Apple TV, you can beam the streaming video from an Apple computer, an iPhone or an iPad with AirPlay mirroring. What is AirPlay mirroring? Well, it lets you play exactly what’s playing on your iDevice to your Apple TV. You can watch the entire thing without even having a cable subscription. Another option is doing it the old-fashioned way: running an HDMI or Mini DisplayPort cable from your computer to an HDTV and porting the picture to your television.
Extra Sources of Coverage
NBC has a crack team of social media people on-hand to deliver NBC coverage through social media like Twitter and Instragram. Just go to their handle—NBCOlympics—and receive live updates constantly.
Noah Henry Noah Henry is an amateur movie critic, foodie, bowler, and beer reviewer. But he's no amateur when it comes to saving money, so listen up!