Watch the 2012 London Olympics Online
By on July 17th, 2012
London 2012 Olympics Clock

London 2012 Olympics Clock (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The countdown is just about over and the Olympics are about to get into full swing. Opportunities for watching the Olympics this year are better than ever. As a matter of fact, you would almost have to try to miss the Olympics this year as there are so many ways to view it.

NBC has created a comprehensive website with all of the information you could possibly want out of the Olympics. Unfortunately, NBC has decided that anyone wanting to use their service to watch the Olympics online will have to verify that they are a TV customer of a cable or satellite customer. So if you’ve ditched your TV service recently, you’re out of luck. However, if you are a cable or satellite customer and want to watch the Olympics at work, then go to http://www.nbcolympics.com/liveextra and get signed up.

The real news appears to be coming out of London itself. BBC is making an unprecedented move to broadcast  up to 24 live HD streams online. They are boasting 2,500 hours of broadcast time across multiple platforms. To visit their Olympic coverage online go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will also be providing streaming video, via its YouTube Channel, to 64 territories. According to their press release,

The live-streaming on the IOC’s YouTube channel will provide exclusive digital access to the London 2012 Olympic Games in territories where digital broadcast rights have not already been acquired by the IOC’s broadcast partners:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

And in 42 Sub-Saharan African territories on a non-exclusive basis, including:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

If you’re an Olympics junkie, then this is the year for you. If not, I am not sure where you’ll be able to hide from all the madness. Don’t forget that there are mobile apps available in just about any flavor. Read more about those at Mobiles Apps for Olympics 2012 page.

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  • ASHOK

    Wow……nice work….love to see the olympic games in online

  • Jim

    As you have mentioned in your article, NBC’s online broadcast is mostly available only to cable or satellite customers. If you don’t have cable etc., then you can try to watch the olympics online using the method suggested at http://www.watchtheo

  • Olympic junkie in ghana

    Thanks so much! Really helpful

 
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