Guide to Streaming the 2016 Summer Olympics
The 2016 Summer Olympics are underway! Sure, everybody loves to follow the games, but in a world of streaming services what are those without cable to do? Watch them online, of course! Read on to find out how.
How to Watch the Olympics Without Cable
Borrow a Friend’s Login
Everybody has a friend with a decked out cable subscription that includes an account for online streaming. You can use the same account to login to NBCOlympics.com and watch real-time coverage of each Olympic event. You can use that same login to utilize NBC’s streaming app on your mobile device, and you can even download said app onto your Apple TV or Roku.
Disguise Your IP Address and Stream Internationally
Did you know that in countries like Canada and England, the Olympic Games are streamed (for free) on their network websites? Unfortunately for folks living in America, our IP addresses block us from being able to watch said coverage on the overseas sites. But using a VPN, Proxy, or a DNS Mask, you can block or change said IP address. While we won’t get into all the technical info here, on HowToGeek.com they give a very detailed explanation on how to do it.
Free Trial of Sling TV
Sling TV, a $20-per-month live TV package, offers a seven-day free trial when you first sign up as a customer. You will have to give your credit card, but you won’t be charged pending your cancellation within the seven days. Select the Blue Tier package to get all of the NBC channels. If you’d like to use Sling TV to watch more than seven days worth of Olympics, it’ll cost you $25 (still a lot cheaper than cable). Sling TV is available on Mac, Windows, Apple TV, Roku, and basically everything else.
Free Trial of Playstation Vue
Similarly to Sling TV, you can sign up for a free seven-day trial of Playstation Vue. Utilize their lowest service tier to watch all of the NBC coverage via iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Google Chromecast. While you don’t need an actual Playstation system to do this, you will need a free Playstation Network account. (Pro tip: Sign up for the first week of the Olympics with Sling TV, and then use Playstation Vue for the second week!)
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