Okay, before I begin to let you in on the big secret… I have a couple things I want you to know.
First of all, I started doing all this while using Firefox. It did not work. You are welcome to try it, but I struggled with it for hours to no avail. When I switched to Internet Explorer, it worked within minutes.
Second, I do pray this works for everyone reading this that wants to watch the Olympics, but can’t because you don’t have cable. That being said, I can only speak for myself and my own experiences. This worked for me and I hope it does for you too!
Alright, so… we haven’t had cable in years and there are definitely times when it is a pain and we feel we are missing out on something. When the Olympic Games is going on are one of those times. It’s not quite enough to make us want to get cable, though.
Well, after some research, I found a way to be able to watch the Olympics online! It is through the use of a VPN. Now… I will admit, I don’t completely understand what a VPN is or does, but what I do understand is it allows for someone in the United States to access websites in another country, when you wouldn’t otherwise have been able to access it.
I read a bit about it on Life Hacker if you want to check it out.
Okay, you ready? Make sure you are on Internet Explorer on your computer and then do the following. (You are welcome to use other browsers… I just found internet explorer to work for me. Please let me know in the comments if you got it to work in another browser and I will update the post to reflect that.)
First, go to hola! and click on the blue button that says “Start using Hola, it’s free”.
Once you do that, you will see this pop up…
Again, I can only attest to the way I did it. I chose the top one that was “recommended”.
Once you do that, Internet Explorer will ask you to “run” the program. Click to run it. It may take a few minutes. When it is done, click on “finish”.
Now a new browser will open up. It is your Torch browser. It looks like any other page. In the middle it will say ‘torch’ and have the torch logo, with a search bar under it (kind of like Google). And at the top of the page is an address bar.
In the address bar, type in “olympics.cbc.ca” (without the quotes).
It will go to that site. Then, in the upper right hand corner, a box will pop up that looks like so…
Of course, you will click on “yes”.
Now another box will open up in that same spot that says something like, “site unblocked”.
Now, you can watch the videos and live streaming on that website and watch the Olympic Games with the rest of the world!
When you want to watch, just click the Torch browser instead of whatever other browser you normally use.
And, if you want it on the big screen, most televisions and computers can be hooked up so that you can watch it on your TV.
Voila! That’s it!