The 2012 Summer Olympics will undoubtedly be the best-connected games yet. It's estimated that 20% of Olympics viewing will be online, and the games are hosted in London, which is one of the world's largest internet hubs. What does this mean for the average viewer? Watching the 2012 Olympics online should prove to be a pleasant, buffering-free experience. This article will give you a brief run-down of your best options for watching the summer games online.
Check Out Your Local Broadcasters:
Television networks are a great way to watch the Olympics online. Most - if not all- of the sports broadcasters you receive with your cable subscription will also have livestreaming coverage of this year's games. The only catch here is that you have to be a subscriber to these stations in order to access their online coverage. For stations like The Sports Network, ESPN, and NBC, you'll first need to access their websites and then login by selecting your TV provider and creating a username and password.
The best resource for watching the Olympics is NBC. It's the official broadcaster of the Olympics for the United States, and has a great interface for accessing every event you'd like to see. Every Olympic event will be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com, and some of the coverage will be simultaneous broadcasts of live TV broadcasts.
The Official London 2012 Website:
For the most comprehensive coverage of the Olympic games, check out the official website at www.london2012.com. You'll find a full schedule that covers everything from table tennis to taekwondo, and interactive links that take you to livestreaming feeds. There are also three mobile official mobile apps available for Android, Blackberry, and iOS that are available for download from the site.
YouTube, Of Course:
YouTube, Of Course
For more video coverage of the Olympics, you can always check out the Official Olympic Channel on Youtube. It has a plethora of video footage, from athletes' backstories to historical and archival footage of past Olympic games.
Good luck streaming, and let the 2012 London Olympic Games begin!