The torch is ready to be lit. The athletes are pumped. Team uniforms have been neatly laid out. That’s it folks. We’re now mere hours away from the start of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. NBC won’t be showing the world’s second-largest international sporting competition live in the United States, but that’s just fine because they’re at least making this year’s Olympic Games available for streaming on a Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad and just about everything else that has an app store.
That’s right folks. If you’d like to watch the Winter Olympics download the NBC Sports Live Extra. NBC is promising live footage from the games, highlights and the option to watch events on your time using its built-in video on demand settings for free. No strings attached. Well, there are almost no strings. You’ll still need an internet connection for the app to work.
You’ll also need to sign in with your Comcast XFINITY, DirectTV, Time Warner Cable, Dish Network, Verizon FiOS, AT&T, Cox, Charter, Cablevision, Brighthouse, Mediacom, Suddenlink, Cable One, Wide Open West and RCN accounts. Otherwise, you’re restricted to just watching 30 minutes using a free pass. If NBC will get rid of that time limit for free pass users after the games officially kicks off remains unclear.
NBC Sports Live Extra is available on iPhone & iPad, Windows Phone, Windows & Android. About the only thing NBC didn’t release a Sports Live Extra apps for were gaming and entertainment consoles like the Xbox 360, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. We tried and failed to stream live footage from the Olympics using the Xbox One and the Play To functionality built into Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.