11 Best Ways to Watch the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics for Free Online
It is the middle of winter and the right time to host the 2010 Winter Games, and as we all know, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games are going to be held in Vancouver, the Western-most major city of Canada with a huge hype surrounding the new Olympic Games opening ceremony and ongoing competition.
The major international sport event would be held between the 12th and 28th of February, 2010, which means all you people who have been waiting for the XXI Olympic Winter Games can now begin to watch it on your TVs. Unfortunately not all of us can watch the game on the TV, as most cable operators may not relay the games to our televisions.
Thanks to Internet, we can watch the stations that relay the Winter games, live and for free. While there are many websites that may stream the XXI Winter Olympic Games live, some may even broadcast the event themselves. Let us take a look at various websites online where you could watch your favorite athletes play at the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver, Canada.
This seems like a very interesting site that has a list of all the sports TV channels listed. All you would need to do is, click on the link you want and watch it in the new window where it opens. When the Winter Olympics 2010 at Vancouver happens, you could watch it here for free. They may list by specific Olympic events, instead of a complete coverage.
2. Opening Ceremonies
Watch the Vancouver Olympics may look like a dull site, but it shall broadcast the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. It is not clear if the site really shall broadcast what it claims to, but when you click on the link they have provided, it asks us to wait till the ceremonies begin. This implies the Opening Ceremonies can be watched on the 12th at 5:45 PST.
Justin.tv is one of the most popular of the Peer-to-Peer streams. It may allow you to stream over the web if you are at the event, and you may be able to watch such videos straight from the Olympics venue right on the PC when others fans broadcast it. The power of P2P networks can be experienced on Justin.tv.
4. TVU Networks
The TVU Networks offers a Web interface for which you need to download the TVU plugin for free. You get live access to over 900 channels worldwide, and they have a section for all the sports channels, and you could try to watch the winter Olympics on it easily, if you tried a bit.
Guys at Snipsly offer to broadcast the Opening and Closing of the 2010 Olympic Game ceremonies and even sporting events right on the PC. While I am not sure if it will work fine, it is worth a try. Apparently, after the Olympics are over, you would gain access to over 3,500 channels worldwide. Let us know if this one works!
6. NBC Olympics
NBC shall be streaming the video live across the United States on their website. If you live outside the US, you may not be able to watch the live streaming as it is geographically limited. You could use a proxy server or a VPN (Virtual Private Network) which is based in the US, in order to watch the live streaming of the Winter Olympics 2010. Of course, NBC may not like you if you do it.
7. CTV Olympics
CTV Olympics would be streamed from Canada, and the streaming may not be available outside Canada. The website shall provide 14 live streams from Canadian TV networks and also live coverage of every sporting event right from the day 1 till the end. The streaming would be available in English.
8. RDS Olympiques
RDS is based in Canada too, and would offer live streaming of the above mentioned 14 streams. They would offer complete coverage of all the events too. However, it would be in French, and Non-English speakers in Canada who speak only French may benefit from this.
9. BBC Sports
BBC or the British Broadcasting Service is known for their improved web based streaming. This time around, they would offer 4 web-only streams via their BBC Sport website, and also you could watch the 2010 Winter Games on your mobile, thanks to their BBC Mobile. This is geographically limited to Britain as well, and hence can’t be watched outside U.K.
10. Free VPN
As discussed above, a VPN is a Virtual Private Network, which allows you to bypass geographical barriers in broadcasting. It allows you to “get behind the shield” and watch TV channels for free, which may not be available in your country. You could watch channels from USA, UK, Italy, Germany, Sweden, France and China. Thus, using the VPN you could watch the 2010 Winter Olympic Games at Vancouver wherever you are located.
11. Nederlandse Omroep Stichting
Nederlandse Omroep Stichting has announced that they would offer live streaming of the Vancouver Olympic Games on Web and Mobile devices by collaborating with StreamZ Encoders. Of course, the broadcast would be in Dutch and would help people in Netherlands. NOS (Nederlandse Omroep Stichting) is the Dutch public broadcaster and is respected.
Nederlandse Omroep Stichting
You may find it difficult to watch the Winter Olympics 2010 on the above mentioned links if you are located in a geographical area where the services may not be available. We would like to hear from you if any of the links above are not working for you.