After reading this article: Olympic Video Online: Cord-Cutters are Out of Luck on streamingmedia.com I wondered if the headline was a bit misleading. After all most cord cutters still take broadband (internet) service, typically from the local telephone or cable provider.
I hoped that cord cutters taking broadband from a cable operator would still be able to stream the Olympics, much like the rules for ESPN3.
But after digging into the FAQ’s on the site we get this clarification:
Q: What is required for accessing Live Extra content?
A: You will need to verify that you subscribe to a cable, satellite or telco video tier that includes CNBC and MSNBC. There is no additional charge.
Uh oh. Key word here is “video tier”. If you take TWC or Comcast broadband only, supposedly the verification process will be smart enough to know that. I’ll attempt to log in and report the results later. Otherwise I guess we’ll have to be satisfied with free content that comes over NBC broadcast channels. And I’m sure I’ll be getting a lot of requests for alternate streaming sites. Let me know your suggestions in the comments.
UPDATE 7-28-12: How to stream from the BBC site.