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So you want to watch the Olympics, but not on your TV? You are in luck: NBC is streaming more than 1,000 hours of competitions live online — but those streams can only be accessed if you are a pay TV subscriber.

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The Olympic Winter Games are about to start in Sochi, Russia, and once again, the internet is the place to turn to if you want to watch the competition unfold in real-time, as opposed to the hour-long tape-delay in place on broadcast and cable TV. And this time, NBC is promising to stream everything: All competitions across all 15 sports, totaling more than 1,000 hours of live coverage.

There’s only one catch: Just like two years ago for the London Summer Olympics, NBC is once again requiring users to authenticate, meaning that live streams will only be available to viewers who subscribe to cable or satellite TV. Read on to learn how that works and how you actually watch anything once you’re authenticated:

Authentication

This year, NBC is offering multiple ways to authenticate yourself and get access to all the live streaming goodness:

Signing in. The most reliable way to get going is to sign in with the username and password you use to log into your TV provider’s account at NBCOlympics.com/liveextra or within NBC’s mobile app. Just enter that information, and you’re good to go. You’ll have to repeat this step for every device you want to use to watch the games.

Auto-authentication. Comcast, Cox, Cablevision and Midcontinent customers should be able to start watching even without the need to find their password as long as they access the live streams from within their own homes, thanks to an auto-authentication that is based on their cable modem’s IP addresses.

Temporary pass. Can’t find your online credentials right now? You’re in luck: NBC gives you 30 minutes of free viewing the first time you access the live streaming without requiring you to enter your password. On subsequent days, the broadcaster unfortunately cuts down the free viewing time to three minutes.

Live Streams

On the web. Once authenticated, you can head to NBCOlympics.com/liveextra to tune into the live stream of the competitions. The website will stream more than 1,000 hours of events coverage, plus some exclusive online-only shows, including a channel dubbed Gold Zone that will be live from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET every day starting on February 8. It will have highlights from many competitions — think of it as a kind of live “best-of” show, if you will. There’s also an online-only ice skating show dubbed Olympic Ice that will stream “on most days” at 5:30 p.m ET, according to NBC.

On iPads and iPhones. iOS users can access live streams of all the competitions and the aforementioned online-exclusive shows through the NBC Sports Live Extra app, which is available for free, but requires the aforementioned authentication – so get your pay TV credentials ready.

On Android. Users of Android phones and tablets can access all the live streaming goodness after downloading the NBC Sports Live Extra app from Google Play — and authenticating.

Image of Olympic rings courtesy of (CC-BY-SA) Flickr user  davehighbury.

  1. That really bites, NBC! Why can’t your viewers with off air antennas also access on line stream?

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  2. i am willing to pay to watch, nut unwilling to buy cable in order to watch. hopefully will do something more usefuo with the free time.

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  3. bradleydanielelliot Thursday, February 6, 2014

    This will going to be big

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  4. Really, really smart for NBC! (thumbs down)
    I for one would like to watch as much Winter Olympics as possible, but I don’t have and very possibly never subscribe to any cable or satellite TV as a protest to not only is it over-priced, but it has commercials as well. And that’s double revenues for them, yet it’s still over-priced. I have never been suckered into it, and I’ll be damn if I start paying for a commercial filled TV programming. And by the way, majority of the channels are crappy.
    I guess I’ll have to find other means of source. I won’t die if I miss some or most of the events anyway, right? Riiiight… :D I’ll spend more time on Cozi, Movies!, This, Antenna, Get and etc.. TV Channels then. They’re totally free over-the-air. My digital antenna is free too. I made it myself from hanger wires. It gets more than 60 channels in New York.
    Boo to NBC, yipee to internet, someone else may stream it online. :D

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    1. I would pay $80 for an all access pass to watch the Olympics just to avoid monopolized cable providers. Don’t have them and never plan on it. Pay minimum $40/month and STILL have to put up with commercials. Now who’s smoking dope??

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  5. iPad generation 1 users are out of luck. The live streaming option was only designed to support iPad 2 and higher.

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  6. My satellite provider is amongst NBC’s list, and I’ve been “verified” as a user, but once in the site, I can’t find where the live links are to the Olympics!
    There are lots of links to highlights, replays, and behind the scenes stuff, but NO WHERE that just offers live links to all the different events.
    Anybody else finding this? (or not finding this, as the case may be).

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  7. There are plenty of sites to watch the whole thing streaming for FREE just like you can for all the rest of your sports needs and I am not talking about atdhe either.

    You have to love the Europeans and there lack of regulatory enforcement of people streaming their setup boxes.

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  8. Man, just give me ads! I want to watch but I don’t want to sign up for cable.

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  9. What if you don’t have a TV?! Unbelievable that there is still no option to watch for those of us who don’t subscribe to commercial TV.

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  10. Legacy media at its best. I do applaud NBC for streaming all the events. Would that they had extended their capabilities. I am not a TV watcher, and I could gladly have paid to have the Olympics streaming. I remember when I was a child what a big deal it was to see the Grenoble Olympics live via satellite. Seems to me that the legacy executives missed the chance to do something similar this time around (even though it still would have been late).

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