Sochi 2014: The best ways to follow the Winter Olympics on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac

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in General Discussion edited February 2014
The world's gaze will be firmly fixed on the sprawling Russian resort town of Sochi for the next 18 days as the city plays host to the 22nd Winter Olympics, and AppleInsider has everything you need to know to follow along at home or on the go.

iPhone

When to Watch

Olympic broadcasts kick off in the U.S. at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on Friday with a time-delayed showing of the games' opening ceremonies. As in past years, matches will be aired at varying times throughout the remainder of the games.

NBC Sports provides an excellent online programming guide for American viewers, while CBC covers Canada and the BBC maintains a similar listing for those in the U.K. Fans in other countries should consult the official Sochi 2014 schedule.

How to Watch

NBC Olympics


Those living in the United States, Canada, and many European nations can stream the games live either through the web or on native apps compatible with Apple's mobile platform.

On the Mac: On iOS Note: U.S. users will need to be a cable television subscriber and have their login details handy to stream through NBC's iOS apps, but the network does offer limited-time free streaming options.

Stats and Highlghts

theScore


All of the networks offering television coverage also plan to provide coresponding access to stats and highlights through their websites and iOS apps. Users without streaming access can still follow along via those channels, but the App Store also offers several excellent alternatives. For more options, Apple provides a full listing of apps featuring Olympics coverage in a special Sochi 2014 section of the App Store.
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  • Reply 1 of 28
    AppleTV?
  • Reply 2 of 28
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    Just whatever you do, make sure you don't have a gay time watching the Olympics.
  • Reply 3 of 28
    aaronjaaronj Posts: 1,595member

    I already watched the Opening Ceremonies (pretty cool, for the most part -- maybe a bit too long) on CBC this morning/afternoon.  But I'd just like to point out that for those who will be watching the delayed broadcast tonight on NBC, that the images in this article provide a massive spoiler, in that it gives away who lights the Olympic Flame.

     

    You might want to choose some different images.

  • Reply 4 of 28

    The best way to follow the Olympics is to NOT follow the Olympics. The companies who sponsored this masquerade in this hideous country should not be rewarded with viewer ratings.

  • Reply 5 of 28
    Thanks for the info. Anything on the Paralympics?
  • Reply 6 of 28

    So I get this new app and I can watch many, many hours of people raking ice in front of large stones?

     

    Geez, I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for all the commercials and the bad sweaters and the gold medal lists. I can't wait for the next Olympics to ignore!

     

    When are they going to break up that corrupt IOC racket and just let the world's people compete. The Olympics should be copy-left and open to anyone with compensation for carrying it -- not licensing it. What do these douchebags have to actually pay for other than the billion dollars in bribes it takes to host the Olympics? Hotel towels they keep stealing?

     

    Sorry, I know this is about technology and cool Apple stuff. And it's not like watching the king of douche; Bill O'Reilly tell Barack Obama that his talk on the economy was a distraction from Benghazi. Well, I can't be annoyed to death, at least.

     

    Yeah, can't forget this is about a cool iPhone app I will never use. Must. Stay. Focused...

  • Reply 7 of 28
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by LordJohnWhorfin View Post

     

    The best way to follow the Olympics is to NOT follow the Olympics. The companies who sponsored this masquerade in this hideous country should not be rewarded with viewer ratings.


     

    I'm hoping one day to boycott oil and my ISP and send a message -- as soon as I have a choice.

     

    The country isn't hideous, it's all the parasites clinging to it's mangy coat.

  • Reply 8 of 28
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    Not that anyone cares but I'm [S]boycotting[/S] avoiding the Olympics.


    SNL - Men's Figure skating in Russia :: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/mens-figure-skating-cold-open/n45564 (probably US-only)
  • Reply 9 of 28
    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

    Not that anyone cares but I'm boycotting avoiding the Olympics.

     

    What’s the difference in this case? Are you actually boycotting but publicly stating ‘avoiding’ to bypass a complaint?

  • Reply 10 of 28
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    What’s the difference in this case? Are you actually boycotting but publicly stating ‘avoiding’ to bypass a complaint?

    By definition I'm definitely boycotting it but at the same time that seems like a harsh term. Perhaps passively boycotting it is a better term. I'm not going picket outside of NBC studios but if I see a product that has the Olympic logo on it that I may have purchased (e.g.: Snickers bar*) I will think twice about buying it.


    * I can't recall the last time I even ate a Snickers. It has to be since about the same time George ate the candy bar with a knife and fork.
  • Reply 11 of 28
    aaronjaaronj Posts: 1,595member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LordJohnWhorfin View Post

     

    The best way to follow the Olympics is to NOT follow the Olympics. The companies who sponsored this masquerade in this hideous country should not be rewarded with viewer ratings.


     

    While the government may be (is) totally corrupt, I don't see that as a reason to condemn all the people and cultural elements of a country as vast as Russia.

     

    IOW, just because Putin is the devil, that's no reason why your average Ivan or Anna is a bad person.

     

    ETA:  For example, Anna Netrebko is my favorite opera singer; Pavel Datsyuk is my favorite hockey player; and Maria Sharapova is BY FAR my favorite tennis play (though, to be honest, she's lived in the US since she was 7, but she still plays for Russia in the Olympics and Fed Cup, and has said she never plans on becoming an American citizen) -- all Russians.

  • Reply 12 of 28
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,594member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post



    Not that anyone cares but I'm boycotting avoiding the Olympics.





    SNL - Men's Figure skating in Russia :: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/mens-figure-skating-cold-open/n45564 (probably US-only)

    Its not THESE Olympic games in particular, though these have oh so many issues..., it is the sick commercialization of the event generally that turns me off. I love watching high level sports of almost any kind (I'm afraid), and I'll no doubt watch select finals this time, too, but like politics, when the activity requires such outlandish amounts of money to be staged and corporations can freely buy their way in and pollute the visuals, I switch off. Look at images of top sporting events from the 70's - it's refreshing to see people representing themselves and their countries rather than ... Coke and Samsung et al. Big turn off.

  • Reply 13 of 28
    Sorry, I won't be watching the commie gay bash games.
  • Reply 14 of 28
    aaronjaaronj Posts: 1,595member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by pigybank View Post



    Sorry, I won't be watching the commie gay bash games.

     

    While i despise the homophobia that's rampant in Russia, they haven't been Communists since ... well, since a long time before the fall of the Soviet Union.  IOW, a long time.

     

    To be honest, neither has China.  There aren't, to my knowledge, any Communist countries presently on Earth.

  • Reply 15 of 28
    Originally Posted by AaronJ View Post

    To be honest, neither has China.  There aren't, to my knowledge, any Communist countries presently on Earth.


     

    China, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam.

  • Reply 16 of 28
    aaronjaaronj Posts: 1,595member
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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     

     

    China, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam.


     

    None of them are actually Communist.  They CALL themselves Communist, but absolutely nothing they do actually is supported by Communist ideology.  I mean, come on, China?  It's got a massively grown middle class, a number of VERY wealthy people, and an extremely stratified class structure.  And while they have been slowing in the last three months, their economy is still in growth mode.  They have the world's second-largest economy.

     

    If China's a Communist country, then so is the US and Canada and Great Britain.

     

    I mean I can CALL myself a FORTRAN programmer -- that doesn't actually make me one.

  • Reply 17 of 28
    Originally Posted by AaronJ View Post

    absolutely nothing they do actually is supported by Communist ideology.


     

    Somehow I doubt that. Mosthow I doubt that. Allhow I doubt that, actually.

     

    If China's a Communist country, then so is the US and Canada and Great Britain.


     

    Was it yesterday or earlier today that I said something about a daily laugh? Just asking that depresses me enough to make the point moot, which in itself is funny to me.

     

    Self-deprecation’s fun. Anyway, that’s laughable.

  • Reply 18 of 28
    aaronjaaronj Posts: 1,595member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     

     

    Somehow I doubt that. Mosthow I doubt that. Allhow I doubt that, actually.

     

    Was it yesterday or earlier today that I said something about a daily laugh? Just asking that depresses me enough to make the point moot, which in itself is funny to me.

     

    Self-deprecation’s fun. Anyway, that’s laughable.


     

    I'm sorry, but I've read Marx.  Granted, it was a long time ago, but still.  A heavily stratified class structure is not Communist.  An essentially vastly capitalist (well, a mixture of socialist and capitalist) economy is not Communist.

     

    Basically, China has a a socialist economy with many capitalist elements (for an example of some of those capitalist elements, think of the extreme difference in wealth and earning power -- that would not be true in a Communist society; for example, there are 157 billionaires in China according to Forbes, while the average yearly wage is $15k*).

     

    Essentially, China is no different than France or Sweden or Germany or most other European countries -- economically.  They clearly aren't a democracy, but being a more or less totalitarian state doesn't make you Communist.  If that were the case countries like Syria and Iran would be considered Communist, which they clearly are not.

     

    * -- Oh, and remember that average yearly wage includes the people making millions or billions a year, since it's a mean as opposed to a median.  The median would certainly be much, much lower.  157 billionaires can really throw off a mean average.

  • Reply 19 of 28
    It would be nice to lifestream through Comcast. The problem is you have to have some kind of cable operator. What about those who use antennas? They are being bullied. Cable or nothing.
  • Reply 20 of 28
    dunksdunks Posts: 1,236member

    I feel great sadness for the many decent people in Russia who have had their country hijacked by corruption and divisive politics. Some people should just never be given the reigns of power. My country is reeling from a similar, appalling lurch to the political right. Six years unwound at the stroke of a pen by a fearful, duped public, and the machinations of a complicit media empire. It's not even traditionalism or conservatism: it's just cronyism, scapegoating and class warfare.

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