The Olympics Opening Ceremony kicks off the global athletic event that has people around the world looking at Russia. With NBC deciding to tape delay the 2014 Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony until prime time, American viewers are already looking for ways to see the show live. TV Guide confirmed on Monday that no NBC outlet will be offering the Opening Ceremony live so it's essential to look out of country for Olympic coverage. According to Huffington Post on Monday, Olympic fans need to look no farther than to Canada. The Canadians are going to see the ceremony live and this means even Justin Bieber can see the event before almost all of America.
The CBC is serious with the coverage of the Olympic Opening Ceremony. Ron MacLean and Peter Mansbridge will kick off the event with a pre-show at 10 a.m. ET. Then CBC’s Olympic coverage will be on TSN2, Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE simultaneously. With so much coverage, it makes any American wanting to see the Olympics Opening Ceremony plan a quick vacation to Toronto.
Well, some American viewers are definitely going to try and watch the coverage of the CBC online by typing in the broadcaster's URL, but they will be cut off before seeing a second of video. With the Olympic agreement in place for the broadcasting, only NBC can air the games (and the Opening Ceremony) in America. Thanks to the geo-tagging of a viewer’s IP address online, it’s easy to spot Americans looking for real time coverage.
So what can viewers do? Use a VPN service to watch just like the Canadians. This is a free service that blocks the IP address and will allow access to all the action from the Olympics. It's simple to do and a perfect solution for any Olympic fan who wants to celebrate in real time. Is this legal for an American fan to watch Canadian television with a VPN service? According to Forbes, it's not illegal to watch and people use VPN services all the time to "mask" IP addresses. As the pageantry and celebration starts in Sochi’s Fisht Olympic Stadium on Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. ET, you can have a front row seat at home watching.
Or you can watch NBC after work and check out the three hour event with commercials and commentary. Either way, cheer on Team USA!