It’s the end of another four-year wait. After China’s spectacular opening ceremony back in 2008 (which raised so many bars in so many categories) we move to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. Once again, we get to watch the human spirit break barriers, renew records, inspire team work, and push us to go further than our bodies would possibly let us. And with the help of technology, we can actually catch all this and more from the comforts of our living room.
Here we are featuring 5 channels to catch videos, photos, news and highlights of your favorite Olympic events. While some are region-restricted, you will probably find at least the one channel that works for your region. Also included in all of them are event schedules, recaps of what happened in past Olympics, news and updates that affect the biggest sports event in 2012 and how you, the viewers can benefit from staying on their channel. Without further ado, let’s start keeping tabs of our favorite teams and athletes!
Watch the Olympic games as well as highlight clips live, right on your browsers, YouTube-supported tablets or smartphones, and without having to pay a single penny. During the Olympics, 64 territories in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa will enjoy live coverage of the Games on this official Olympics channel on YouTube, streamed by The International Olympic Committee (IOC). The channel will be providing more than 2,200 hours of the London 2012 Olympic Games live events, event highlights, news clips and medal finals – all with English commentary.
The NBC Olympics site offers live streaming coverage of the entire London 2012 Olympic Games online and on their mobile/tablet apps. All 32 sports and 302 events will be shown including live video feeds, highlights, event results, schedules, TV Listings, gold medal races and more. According to NBC, "Whatever is on schedule that day, if cameras are on it, we’ll stream it". That’s the good news.
The bad news is, NBC will only show the streamed videos on the Internet to users in the United States and U.S. Territories. Users outside of those covered locations will only have access to an extensive array of non-event videos.
Olympic.org is the official source to what is happening at the Olympics. It’s the mother of all sites to view your favorite Olympic sports. Here, you can get the complete low-down of what goes on in the Games: live results, medal ceremonies, event schedules, athlete bios, team stats, news, photos and videos.
There are 10700 photos and 1600 videos to keep you busy for now. Stream the greatest Olympic moments, the hottest of rivalries, and watch the legends make history in HD from London 2012 Olympics.
What better way to stream videos about the Olympics than from Youtube itself. Even better, there is a dedicated Youtube Channel called CTV Olympics that gives Canadians, an incredible means to view Olympics outside of London. CTVOlympics.ca is an exclusive source for videos and photos related to Olympic athletes, participating countries, the teams involved, event schedules and eventually game results. You can watch this massive event live online on its official YouTube channel as it provides in-depth coverage, sports analysis, athlete bios, and Olympic content right on your browser to viewers in Canada.
The Guardian is also providing awesome coverage of the Londons 2012 Olympic Games and if you check out their Olympics 2012 section, you’d be treated to a ton of freebies. They are featuring interactive guides in which you can observe the torch route, get a virtual tour of the Olympic Park (and the Velodrome) and a ranked list of 50 of the best medal hopes for Britain. Get a recap of stunning moments in the Olympics as well as sports-by-sports guide and video highlights of the Games. There is even a section called Olympic diaries where you read the personal thoughts of the sportsmen and women who are out there rooting for gold for the country.