After years of dealing with delays to prime time, worrying about spoilers, and having friends point their webcams at their TVs so they could uStream their live feed to us here in America, we’re finally going to be able to watch every bit of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics that we want to watch. And watch it live.
For the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics NBC, the old media TV monster, is doing it like they’ve never done it before. They will be live streaming every event, every day through their NBC Sports Live Extra smartphone app (available for IOS and Android). The app allows users to select the events they want to watch and then hits them notifications when the events are about to begin. It’s like having an Olympic servant who takes care of everything. After getting the notification we can either watch it on the iPhone, iPad, or in our case Airplay it to the AppleTV for viewing on the big screen. For fans of the Olympics, this could be reason enough to buy a $99 AppleTV and set it up.
There is one catch, however. To watch the live events on the app you must be a subscriber to one of the paid television providers. If you pay a cable bill, chances are you’re good. If you don’t pay a cable bill (and you know someone who does) you can simply sign in with their credentials and get all this streaming for free (yes, it works!). Oh, and Android users? You’ll have to figure it out yerself.
The 2014 Winter Olympic Snowboarding events begin tonight (Wednesday, February 5, 2014) at 10:00 PM with Slopestyle Qualifiers. For the complete schedule of Olympic snowboarding events (and when they’re on) follow the jump. If you load the app, you’ll already know all this!) [click to continue…]