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post #1 of 24
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I'm getting all my schedules in place for the TIVO starting next week.  I do have a problem though.  When I went through the NBC Sports cable TV lineup, one glaring omission is Women's Slalom.   Am I missing something, did they make a mistake or is this being withheld, or are the evil gods coming into play?    http://www.nbcolympics.com/tv-listings#22

The races are held on Saturday the 22nd (our time), so I expected to see the NBC abbreviated version that night.  Nada.

 

 

 

BTW, The Jamaica bobsled team is back!

http://www.jamaicabobsleighteam.com/

post #2 of 24
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I understand that CBC is broadcasting the Olympics in their entirety (not the summaries that NBC provides), though it appears to be delayed.  How can those of us stateside watch these, if our cable operator does not have CBC, Sportsnet or TSN?

 

http://olympics.cbc.ca/broadcast-schedule/day=2014-02-21/index.html

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post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by billskis View Post

I understand that CBC is broadcasting the Olympics in their entirety (not the summaries that NBC provides), though it appears to be delayed.  How can those of us stateside watch these, if our cable operator does not have CBC, Sportsnet or TSN?

http://olympics.cbc.ca/broadcast-schedule/day=2014-02-21/index.html

You may be able to view online if you go through a web portal that makes it appear you're in Canada. Someone smarter about them interwebs than me can probably explain it better. I remember my wife trying to watch some of the London stuff online from BBC and CBC and finding it blocked for those from the States.
post #5 of 24
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 Am I missing something,

Yes--it's on the 21st. Their TV schedule has it for that night's prime time programming. You know you can watch everything live online, right? (Assuming you have cable...)

 

My question is, it looks like they are running this as a night race? First run starts at 4:45, second at 8:15. I didn't know they'd do that under the lights in the Olympics.

post #6 of 24
Can anyone point to a guide of how to watch Olympic coverage online? We don't have cable, cannot get the over the air broadcast, and I am not signing up for Comcast anytime soon. Thanks!
post #7 of 24

You can still watch some coverage online via the NBCOlympics site, but it will be a selection of live and replayed events, not all of them. You could also go the route of signing up for a VPN based in Canada or the UK and then watch events via the CBC or BBC. Here's a bit more on that: http://www.forbes.com/sites/amadoudiallo/2014/02/01/how-to-watch-the-sochi-olympics-without-a-cable-bill/

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You may be able to view online if you go through a web portal that makes it appear you're in Canada. Someone smarter about them interwebs than me can probably explain it better. I remember my wife trying to watch some of the London stuff online from BBC and CBC and finding it blocked for those from the States.


I went to CBC.ca and found their player.  It's only good in Canada.   I have a VPN account which makes it appear as if I'm in Canada.   So I played around with the site over the weekend.  At least right now, all I can find is short videos.  I don't see how to stream live TV.   I just have to figure out the CBC part now...

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Originally Posted by Christy319 View Post
 

You can still watch some coverage online via the NBCOlympics site, but it will be a selection of live and replayed events, not all of them. You could also go the route of signing up for a VPN based in Canada or the UK and then watch events via the CBC or BBC. Here's a bit more on that: http://www.forbes.com/sites/amadoudiallo/2014/02/01/how-to-watch-the-sochi-olympics-without-a-cable-bill/


I am using strongvpn.com.   I use it regularly to watch the World Cup over races by vpn-ing into the UK to Eurosport

post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by Christy319 View Post
 

Yes--it's on the 21st. Their TV schedule has it for that night's prime time programming. You know you can watch everything live online, right? (Assuming you have cable...)

 

My question is, it looks like they are running this as a night race? First run starts at 4:45, second at 8:15. I didn't know they'd do that under the lights in the Olympics.

 

No, the races are during the day, Socchi time.  go here.  http://www.sochi2014.com/en   you will find "socchi time" and "my time" feature that you can toggle to.  The first race is at 11am typically, which is about 2AM our time.

 

The difference I see between NBC and CBC is that NBC's coverage is limited to the the "top xx" racers, so you can expect heavy editing.   when I examined CBC, the have the full race (approx. 1.5 hours per race), but it is broadcast time-delayed. 

 

The only trick I see is that CBC has 5 channels and you'll find the olympics use at least two.  I find only one channel for internet streaming. 

 

btw, you can tell I'm into the ski racing, but my comments apply evenly.

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Can anyone point to a guide of how to watch Olympic coverage online? We don't have cable, cannot get the over the air broadcast, and I am not signing up for Comcast anytime soon. Thanks!


I am probably ignorant, but given your bounds, it seems to me the only way to do it is to sign up for a VPN account that has both canada and UK access points.  Then use cbc.com or BBC respectively to view them. 

 

I have no agenda with strongvpn.com.  They are cheap, reliable and give me the access I need.  Christy (above) has a link to a Forbes article which gives you more details. 

 

Eurosport is not covering the olympics, so that's not an option.

 

Good luck. 

post #12 of 24
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Can anyone point to a guide of how to watch Olympic coverage online? We don't have cable, cannot get the over the air broadcast, and I am not signing up for Comcast anytime soon. Thanks!

 

Give Aereo a try if you live in one of their covered markets (alexzn it doesn't look like you do from your profile).

https://aereo.com/coverage

 

It's basically a cloud Tivo for over the air broadcast TV for $8/month.  You can view programs on your computer, smart phone, tablet, or on your big TV using as Roku or Apple TV.  They have a free one month trial you could use just for the olympics.  I've been using Aereo with a Roku for a couple months and I'm really happy with it.  

post #13 of 24
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No, the races are during the day, Socchi time.  go here.  http://www.sochi2014.com/en   you will find "socchi time" and "my time" feature that you can toggle to.  The first race is at 11am typically, which is about 2AM our time.

 

That says the same thing I found elsewhere--women's slalom runs at 16:45 and 20:15. Men's slalom is the same the next day. Most of the other races are at 11 am, which is 11 pm my time.

 

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The difference I see between NBC and CBC is that NBC's coverage is limited to the the "top xx" racers, so you can expect heavy editing.  

 

NBC says that it will be live streaming and full event replays for those of us with cable....

post #14 of 24

Try Hola browser plugin or Torch browser......both are free and spoof/mask your location.  Hola allows Canada/UK if I remember correctly.  Should allow you to connect to CBC to watch all the event coverage rather than the crappy American-only focused summaries on NBC.

post #15 of 24

Don't have cable or dish tv, so am disappointed there's no Olympic coverage on Universal Sports, which is part of NBC. Have a DishWorld subscription for World Cup racing, and that comes through Universal Sports, but...

 

Also tried installing the Hola plugin in Firefox. Works to bypass the US blackout and get the CBC online coverage, but the performance is not good - video quality is marginal, and it starts/stops every few seconds. Could be my computer, or the redirection, but bottom line it really isn't watchable.

 

So, for now no online streaming option. If anyone comes up with something else please post.

 

Thx.

post #16 of 24

I've been watching the NBC coverage here:

 

http://gofirstrowus.eu/watch/16818/1/watch-nbc-.html

 

I've been watching live coverage on Justin.tv. 

post #17 of 24
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I've been watching the NBC coverage here:

 

http://gofirstrowus.eu/watch/16818/1/watch-nbc-.html

 

I've been watching live coverage on Justin.tv. 

 

I've used something like that first link and have been able to wade through all the pop-ups and other caca to watch tennis matches online before, but I've tried several times and I haven't successfully been able to get any video so far.

 

Haven't been able to find a broadcast for Winter Olympics so far on justin.tv. Do you have a specific link that's working for you?

post #18 of 24
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I've used something like that first link and have been able to wade through all the pop-ups and other caca to watch tennis matches online before, but I've tried several times and I haven't successfully been able to get any video so far.

 

Haven't been able to find a broadcast for Winter Olympics so far on justin.tv. Do you have a specific link that's working for you?

 

This guy has been casting the UK live coverage.

 

http://www.justin.tv/dennis711

post #19 of 24

Awesome! Thanks!  Thumbs Up

post #20 of 24

Good coverage on that feed! Just watched Patrick Deneen's mogul run!  ;-)

 

Thanks again for posting the link! 

post #21 of 24

CBC feed is amazing for men's moguls finals.  Excellent quality, good sound. No lag delay (at least, not here in Canuckland).

post #22 of 24

Same with me using the Justin.tv feed. I was wondering if each broadcaster has their own camera setup, or if they all share a video feed. (Can't get NBC here in US.)

 

Regardless, the coverage is awesome! You can really see those bumpers working their magic!

 

I love that some of them have finished with a Stein front flip (Superman) off the last jump!   ;-)

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CBC feed is amazing for men's moguls finals.  Excellent quality, good sound. No lag delay (at least, not here in Canuckland).

 

 

CBC is finally good for something! Coverage has been awesome so far. Production is little lax though "ummm, are we still streaming, Oh umm....." and quite honestly they need to get rid of Karin Lee-Gartner, possibly Jenn Heil as well. Not all athletes make great announcers.

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Originally Posted by jc-ski View Post
 

Same with me using the Justin.tv feed. I was wondering if each broadcaster has their own camera setup, or if they all share a video feed. (Can't get NBC here in US.)

 

Regardless, the coverage is awesome! You can really see those bumpers working their magic!

 

I love that some of them have finished with a Stein front flip (Superman) off the last jump!   ;-)

 

 

Probably not. The Olympics provide most of the of the feeds to the broadcasters, except the mobile ones run back through satellite trucks.

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