It is well known by now that the standard way to watch the London Olympics is either free over the air from NBC with an antenna, or if you have a cable subscription you can stream it for free, also from NBC. But what if you have neither?
If you live in the UK you can watch live streaming from the BBC site without a cable subscription. Unfortunately if you attempt to stream the site from the US you’ll get a screen that says:
I’m sorry, we can’t show this content in your area.
Solution? Some say a proxy will work. I’ve played around with some of the free UK proxies and had no luck. The video player never launched and reported a java script error.
But thanks to a tip from a reader on the reddit cordcutters section I found that using Expat Shield, a free download, seems to work just great as evidenced by this screen shot of opening ceremonies. I can’t vouch for Expat Shield 100% but the fact they have reviews on CNET makes me a little more comfortable. As I write this it’s Saturday morning in California and this video of the ceremonies is a replay. I’ll be anxious to see how it works on truly live events. Please try it and let me know your own results in the comments below.
NBC taking major heat for their delayed coverage, omissions, and gaffes.
MAC uses report Expat Shield is PC only. Try http://www.tunnelbear.com/ as MAC friendly.