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How To Watch Beijing 2008 Olympics Online For Free

How To Watch Beijing 2008 Olympics OnlineThe Beijing 2008 Olympic Games kick off on August 8th, and the Web will be an important destination for sport lovers who want to be able to watch all of the action from their favorite events online.

Here is a list of the places online where lovers of the Games will be able to catch all of the action. Some are legal, while others may be frowned upon, but all are legitimate ways of seeing the Olympics online.

Official Coverage

NBC Olympics Logo

NBC Olympics

American residents will be able to watch over 2,200 hours of coverage live on

The success of the coverage will be used as a yardstick to see whether the Web is a legitimate location for hosting coverage of events such as this.

However, with severe restrictions it is alienating a larger potential audience.

BBC Olympic Coverage

The the BBC’s Olympic coverage looks like the best deal with fair and wide coverage of the events. Unfortunately it is only available within the UK.


TVTonic‘s service allows US residents to watch Olympic events in full, even after broadcast and while you’re offline. However, the service isn’t recommended for users of metered Broadband Internet.


Locked Internet

While the coverage of the above services may be locked to a specific country, anyone overseas can get around this fact by use of a proxy server based in right country.

Essentially this makes it appear as if you are accessing the coverage from the correct country. However, with proxy servers being quite unreliable and slow it is unlikely you’ll be able to watch anything without jitters.

YouTube & Live Streaming Video Sites

YouTube LogoYouTube has a dedicated Olympics channel, but it will only be viewable by people resident in the 77 countries where the IOC failed to make exclusive Web deals. Using a proxy server can again get around this obstacle.

There is also likely to be a multitude of amateur footage finding its way on to live streaming video sites like Ustream, Stickam, and

Live Olympic Streaming

Using uStream the Olympic Games are being streamed online live. The quality is not brilliant and it can be a bit stuttery but its better than nothing.

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High Quality Olympics Stream

Just came across this high quality stream. Clicking this link should open up the stream in your default video player.

P2P Streaming

social P2PP2P streaming is huge in China, and PPLive is officially licensed to show the Olympics in China. A Chinese-based proxy server may help, or alternatively, PPStream, PPMate, Sopcast, TVUPlayer, and TVKoo may be worth trying.

Personally out of all of those I recommend TVUPlayer as it is the easiest to use.


The Pirate BayLast but not least are torrent sites, with the big Olympic moments likely to turn up in force on the high-profile sites such as The Pirate Bay, and Mininova.

However, since you have to download the content first using torrents then you won’t be able to get any live coverage this way, but it will be great for recapturing classic moments from the Olympics

An alternative to torrents is the easy-to-use video downloading program Graboid which provides access to hundreds of thousands of videos and will no doubt have a lot of Olympic coverage.

TiVo and DVRs

The Olympics TV schedule can’t rule your life and by using TiVo or your preferred DVR you can record all the events to watch at a later date. A relatively simple solution which allows you to easily watch the Olympics on your regular TV set.

Whichever means you choose to watch the Olympics online from Beijing, it’s clear that the Web is now a serious player in delivering footage of such a huge event to the masses.

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  1. petia

    August 7, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    It must be said that TVTonic is NOT really an alternative way to watch the Olympics online because since they’ve partnered with NBC, you again need to have Vista for their broadcasting software to work for Olympics broadcasts.

  2. tretonclimber

    August 8, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Screw NBC

  3. jaybee

    August 9, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    NBC (and the IOC) have got their heads up their collective asses. What kind of freedom is this? I should have gone to China or UK or Canada (that I can do and maybe should leave right now) or some other civilized country that offers free media access for all.

  4. primal convoy in Japan

    August 12, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    1/ us stream tv failed to load

    2/ The high quality tv stream you suggested refused to work with media player

    3/ TVU has no Olympic sports coverage in English.

    Are there any other ways that work please?

  5. roberto

    August 14, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    thanks…my friend …useful information….from lima peru

  6. trihexiphenidyl

    August 14, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    microsoft is crap, seems they cant sell there software because it isgood soft ware so the partner with ohter companies to force you to buy there software or you dont get to watch things like the olympics,

    sticking it to the linux users

  7. Sp

    August 15, 2008 at 7:40 am

    You can watch Beijing Olympics 2008 Live on also. Good quality streaming.

  8. Olympicslive

    August 15, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Watch Beijing Olympics Live…
    Quality Video streaming, frequently updated…

  9. olympicslive2008

    August 16, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Watch Beijing Olympics Live online free…
    Quality Video streaming, frequently updated…

  10. Mauricio

    August 19, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    where in TVUPlayer i can see the olympics… wich channel i mean i have like 4 hours looking everywhere

  11. Mauricio

    August 19, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    dosnt matter if they are in chinesse

  12. Mike

    August 20, 2008 at 2:43 am


    You wanna come to China for some free media? ROFL, I think you must know very little about media conditions in China. I happen to live in China and I can guarantee you that the media here is anything but free. And if you wanna watch the olympics here, you will have to settle for whatever games the Chinese are participating in, with only a few exceptions such as basketball and football (soccer). They would rather do re-runs of China’s victories of yesterday than have live transmissions of what’s actually happening as we speak. With their umpteen channels, they will have 4 of them simultaneously broadcasting the same ping pong match while there is absolutely no coverage WHATSOEVER of, for instance, handball. One of their slogans for the olympics is “where the world comes to share”, but what a joke this is when all they are interested in is self-glorification.

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