Stream the BBC Olympics from anywhere in the World in three Steps
To Stream the BBC Olympics live you need to make the BBC website think that your computer is in the UK. This is very easy by means of a VPN and takes just a minute or two to setup. When you connect to the BBC website it looks at your IP address and figures out where your internet traffic is coming from (you can check your location here.) All we are going to do is add one more stop along the path of your internet traffic on its way to the BBC website.
Step 1: Sign up for a VPN Account
I recommend the aptly named VPN provider Hide My Ass, Inc This is the same software that people use all over the world to get around office web filters, internet censorship (the Chinese government being the most notorious) and sporting event blackouts. It can even be used to watch Netflix and Hulu outside of the US.
You want to signup for Pro VPN from HMA It will cost you $10 for the first month, but you can cancel at any time within the next 30 days and get your money back (cough like in 2 weeks after the Olympics are over) and you can pay with Paypal so it will only take a few seconds if you are lazy like me and don't want to enter in your Credit Card information.
Step 2: Download the VPN Software
After you sign up you will get a confirmation email and you will be able to login to your user account Here you have the option to download the Mac OS X, Windows 7 or Linux package you want to use.
Step 3: Connect to the VPN
After Downloading and Installing the Software, launch the application on your computer, enter in your username and password, and select 'UK - London' from the drop down list of countries. Then click Connect to VPN and you are now in the UK. Grab a cup of tea, a few biscuits and watch the BBC Olympics coverage right here.
You should notice that now when you check your location it shows that you are located in Great Britain. If you want to "return" to your original location just disconnect from the VPN. Leave a comment below letting us know where you were able to stream the broadcast from! Share this guide on Twitter or Facebook.
The BBC Olympic Coverage is better anyway
Reasons why you should watch the Olympics on BBC instead:
- You don't live in the US so can't watch NBC.
- You do live in the US but don't pay for Cable TV.
- You do live in the US and do pay for Cable TV but want to watch the events Live!
- You don't want to watch the Olympics online surrounded by ads (BBC has no ads!)
- You just like British accents.
The American broadcasting monopoly is at it again! Only if you are in the continental US and if you pay for cable TV can you stream the 2012 London Olympics online. The good news is they have decided to stream all the content online, the bad news is you are still forced to watch the Olympics on TV on their schedule, often missing the main events as they happen. In fact they forced Americans to wait until US primetime to watch the 2012 Opening Ceremony and yet live-tweeted the whole play-by-play as it happened.
Luckily you can get around the restrictions and at the same time get to watch the BBC olympic broadcast instead in realtime. So far the BBC broadcasters are not only better (who doesn't love a good Britiscism) but there are no Ads on the site and videos and the live video tools on BBC's website are way better. You can pause/rewind live action, skip between events much more easily and on the replays they split the events up into sections so you can jump around between events (for instance skip a Swimming relay and go straight to an individual event.) I am currently enjoying the Olympics from a small village in Rwanda. Take that NBC!