The Sochi Winter Olymipics 2014 are now in full swing, over the past few days we’ve been helping hundreds of users around the world find out how to watch the winter games online. The problem many are facing is even though the games have 89 nations taking part it is only available for free to watch in a handful of countries. Don’t worry if you’re not in one of those countries, we have an easy solution so you can watch live too, just read on!
What countries can I watch Sochi 2014 for free in?
There are only a handful of countries where you can watch for free, if you’re in one of the following then use the links below, if you’re not, read further down :-
UK : www.bbc.com/sport/winter-olympics/2014
Canada : olympics.cbc.ca
Australia : tenplay.com.au/sport/sochi-2014
US : www.nbcolympics.com (**)
** Users in the United States can only watch online if they have an NBC network subscription, if you do not subscribe to that network, you can not watch in the US.
I’m not in one of those countries, how can I watch Sochi 2014 free?
Don’t worry, all hope is not lost. There is an extremely easy way of watching the games still, no matter what country you live in. What you need is something called a Virtual Private Network also known as a VPN. You’re probably worried because it sounds confusing already, but don’t worry, as I said, it is extremely easy, so easy in fact we’ve posted a video at the bottom of this article showing you just how easy, a total of about two clicks only. A VPN is a completely legal way of sending all your internet traffic through an encrypted third party connection located somewhere else. It was originally used for business users so they could login securely to access their office.
How it helps in this situation is when you connect to a VPN server in a country of your choice you also take the appearance of that connection. So for example, if you’re in the USA and you connect to a VPN server in the UK then everything you do on the internet appears as if you’re in the UK, even though you’re sat in your home or office in the US, connect to a Canadian VPN server and it appears as if you’re in Canada… you get the idea. When you’re finished you just disconnect and it goes back to your normal connection.
All these online TV streaming services are restricted by region, with a VPN you can appear as if you are in that region thus bypassing those geographical restrictions.
So, all you need to do is sign up to a VPN provider of your choice that has servers in the UK and Canada allowing you to watch the maximum amount of coverage.
Which VPN provider do you suggest?
You’re probably being overloaded with information right now, luckily for you our site is dedicated to reviewing VPN services so we’ve got extensive knowledge of what makes a decent service and what makes a poor one, through reviewing services we’ve reduced the list to three good recommended providers. We would suggest IPVanish as they have applications for all systems from Windows, Mac, Android and iOS so you can watch the games over a range of devices but the two other providers are equally as good, so feel free to take a look and choose the best for yourself :-
A good service will cost about US$5-$10 per month, as the games are only running for about a month then you won’t need more than a months service but there are hundreds of good uses for a VPN outside of watching the games so you may wish to keep hold of the service after that to watch BBC iPlayer outside the UK, watch Hulu outside the US or learn five great reasons to use a VPN.
There are a huge range of good VPN providers so if you fancy doing a bit more research yourself then take a look at our VPN Comparison Guide where you can compare over 20 different providers and find the most suitable for yourself.
Ok, I’ve signed up, where do I go now?
Once you’ve signed up, download the software provided, connect to a UK server and visit the BBC Winter Olympics site or a Canadian server and and visit CBC. You can alternate between the two as much as you like taking in as many events as you wish.
Video showing how easy it is!
Surely there is a free method?
At any situation there is always talk of “free” methods. We do not recommend free methods, there are many pitfalls that make these services “free” – You get nothing in life for free and many of these sites contain trojans or other nasties that install themselves on your system and will in general slow down everything you do, they can even install key loggers to record your personal login and password details, it just isn’t worth the risk to save a few dollars.
If you’re still unsure or get stuck then we welcome you to post in our comments section at the bottom of this page and we will be glad to help you.
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