How to watch the Olympics online and on your phone

Posted by Mark

The Olympics is going to start tomorrow and most of us will be at work or away from our TVs during the various sporting events. Luckily with the BBC app for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry’s, you will be able to watch the events from wherever you are.

There is one minor hurdle and that is the fact that streaming is only allowed if you live in the UK. But, there’s an easy fix. All you need is a VPN server based in the UK. This is similar to using a VPN to sign up to Spotify or Pandora except in this case we want BBC to think we live in the UK not US. So here is what you need:

UK Based VPN Server
I use StrongVPN and their $55 a year package includes both US and UK servers. I currently have mine set to the UK server so I can watch the Olympics on my phone. Here is a link to their [Website]

When you get to their website, click on packages, then on the bottom of that page click on “click here to see all our packages” and then choose their cheapest $55 a year package.

Once you’re done move over to the next step

Download the BBC Mobile Apps
Android
Apple iOS
BlackBerry

or

Watch Online
To watch online you need visit the BBC website [Here]

I’m currently on a 20Mbps connection and have a ping rate of around 124ms with the UK server and on my desktop I find the video a bit pixelated but this might improve once the Olympics officially starts tomorrow. On the phone it’s not noticeable. One thing to note with the iPhone app is you need to get it from the UK store so if you don’t have a UK Apple Store account you need to create one.

NBC Olympics Live Extra
US based NBC have an iPhone, iPad and Android application and will be offering live streaming for US residents. BUT, other than a US based VPN you would also need to have a cable, satellite or telco TV service package that includes CNBC and MSNBC.


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14 comments, add your own...


  1. meh says:

    I’ll just probably see the gold medal tally at the end of the month.

  2. S says:

    You can’t live stream with the NBC app if you are overseas. I’m in Kuwait for vacation and I have a provider but they’re are saying it does not work in our region

  3. D600abc says:

    If you have root on android, just download an app called market enabler and just choose a UK carrier; then just download it from the market normally.

  4. M says:

    On a different note, does anyone know where it’s airing in kuwait? Which channel?

  5. Abdullah says:

    Or use osn play on a laptop .. they are streaming live too
    Still wating for the apps!

  6. Me Like Salmiya says:

    Al Jazeera too..

  7. Thanks for the blonde friendly VPN instructions. Can I have your # for additional installation support? ;P

  8. arabianfox says:

    Hmm me thinks some countries where there is no online rights agreement gets to view it live on youtube!

    pretty cool overview:
    http://www.olympic.org/content/broadcaster-home/


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