Streaming the 2012 Olympics


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.

screen shot from BBC

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.

 BBC Olympics Streaming
NBC Olympics Streaming



UPDATES 7-29-12:

NBC taking major heat for their delayed coverage, omissions, and gaffes.

MAC uses report Expat Shield is PC only. Try as MAC friendly.

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5 Responses to Streaming the 2012 Olympics

  1. bob says:

    Lots of bad reviews for this download, I wouldn’t use it. As I’ve stated many times, is great for watching sports, especially the Olympics, can choose any event. I know you are leery of this site, but I watch it on my google logitech revue, which has no downloading capability, so any worries of spam and viruses are not a problem. If you have a revue or tv with web browser capabilities, it’s great. And if you watch on a pc, which I have, just stay away from downloads, if a site doesn’t stream easily, try another one, they always supply many links.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for your update.

    I believe it must be working for you, but I took another look and for me it’s a mess. I tried to get a stream of the Olympics. No obvious link so I click “live sports”, the “live Olympic game 24/7”, then “Live Football (Soccer)” and “Click to Watch”.
    After all that I’m on a very cluttered page with ads all over it, and a video screen section showing nothing but more ads. Oh and asking me to download something that is 10MB. Then it finally starts streaming commercials.

    This site is impossible to navigate. Perhaps you can post a link that goes straight to some event. Because I can’t seem to find one.

    • bob says:

      I go to their homepage and click on “sports portals”, it then goes to a list of different sports, say I want to watch basketball, click on that and will give links to games, as I said i don’t go to anything that needs to be downloaded, once an ad disappears I cllck to enlarge the screen. Watched USA and Serbia yesterday as it wasn’t on NBC. I’ll post the link.

  3. bob says:

    Yes, some links are a menagerie of mazes, some are very direct and easy, you have to have patience, sometimes if you try a link two times in a row, it will work, doesn’t do the spam thing. I watched most of the Stanley Cup playoffs on here, after a while you can recognize by name which links will usually work.

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