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How to watch the Olympics if you've cut the satellite or cable TV cord

Even if you've cut the cable or satellite cord, you can still catch the Olympics games.
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One of the drawbacks to cutting the cable or satellite cord is the limitations on watching live sporting events such as the Olympics.

Smart TVs or external Internet TV devices such as Roku can offer a tremendous bargain compared to pay television providers, which tend to cost $70 to $100 per month or more when adding the cost of programming and per room fees, along with charges for equipment rental, HD and DVR service.

Sports fans might feel jittery about giving up the variety of sports channels available from DirecTV, Dish Network and cable providers like Time Warner. However, even if you've canceled your pay TV subscription, you still have several ways of catching the Olympics games.

Over the air is the most obvious solution, though many cable cutters don't bother with antennas, either forgoing broadcast television entirely or watching their favorite shows on premium streaming services that cost much less than cable or satellite. Unfortunately, watching over the air channels isn't as easy as attaching a set of rabbit ears anymore if you don't have a fairly recent TV set. For an older, non-digital television, you'll need a converter box, costing around $50, in addition to an antenna, which runs at least $15 or $20 for a low-end one or upwards of $40 for an attractive wall-hanging design such as a Leaf.

NBC plans to stream a significant amount of Olympics coverage online. You can catch games, awards ceremonies and even the athlete bio reels.

Many popular performances make it to YouTube, such as Jason Brown's show stopping figure skating number, which has racked up over 3.5 million views.

You could reconnect yourself to cable TV, if you're not averse to spending a few extra dollars a month to reunite with broadcast networks and some of your favorite cable channels. Time Warner Cable now has the TWC TV app for Apple iOS, Android, PC, Mac, Roku, Xbox 360 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD/HDX, meaning you can purchase a low-end cable subscription for as little as $40 a month if you don't rent a cable box or subscribe to any extras. Before signing up, make sure TWC TV streams local broadcast stations in your area, and make sure you can cancel the service without penalty if you don't like it.

Check to see if your favorite sports bar or restaurant plans to broadcast Sochi Olympics games on their big screen televisions. When you visit, you can ask the person who seats you to place you near the screen showing the event you'd like to watch.

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