Are you feed up with the NBC coverage of the 2012 Olympics then fear not. BBC in the UK has a great alternative but if you live outside the UK you need to use the following trick in order to make it work.
NBC has been under a lot of fire for their horrible coverage of the Olympics and as a result users have started looking elsewhere for live coverage of the games with English commentators. Naturally the BBC comes to the rescue but if you try to watch the live streaming from outside the US you will see the following message from the BBC:” I’m sorry, we can’t show this content in your area.” The problem is that the BBC can detect your location via your computers IP address. As a result you will be unable to watch the live streaming – but fear not there is a fix.
All you need to do in order to make the streaming work is faking your location. You do this by connecting to what is known as a Virtual Private Network (VPN). When the server you are connecting to is located in the UK you too will inherit a UK IP address, which will make the BBC think you are watching from within the UK.
There are several VPN providers on the market but personally I prefer using UK provider Unlocator. Currently they have a “Summer Sports Special” deal that will give you a 23% discount.
Simply sign up for the service and install their application on either your PC or Mac and then select a UK server from the dropdown list. A couple of seconds later your computer will have an UK IP address and you can now visit the BBC Olympics page again and you cannot stream away. Pretty neat right?
Since the Olympic flame was lit NBC has been meet with tons of critical voices saying the tape delays and edited events is killing the spirits of the Olympics. This is not the first time NBC has seen criticism for their coverage. Lets hope that they will change the policy for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. Until then the BBC trick works great and only takes a couple of minutes to setup.