Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Olympics

So if you live in the U.S. and have lost your mind trying to track the various tape delays for different Olympic events, or have grown tired of 20+ minutes of commercials per hour (or commercials randomly inserted into the online feed at bizarre moments), I highly recommend checking out TunnelBear. With it, you can get an IP address from any country you want, including the UK, which will then allow you to watch the BBC feed of the Olympics, which are fantastic and have no commercial interruptions.

Canada also has tremendous Olympics coverage. Everyone does, it seems, except us.

Yes, you could set up all this without a third-party program or a small subscriber fee, but if you don't have the technical know-how and just want to see the Olympics with as little fuss as possible, this is an excellent route.

Example: I wanted to see the half-pipe final this afternoon, when it was actually happening. I looked at the three NBC channels showing the Olympics at the time, though, and the event wasn't on.

Why? So they could "save" it for primetime tonight, I'm guessing. Good grief.

I could have gone online, sorted through NBC's online coverage, and "enjoyed" persistent ad banners and randomly inserted commercials, if I could find a feed of the event at all.

Or I could have--entirely theoretically, of course--just watched the BBC feed.

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