Television Streaming Apps to Watch The Olympics From Your iPad

Yesterday was technically the first day of the Olympics. The opening ceremony doesn’t take place until Friday night, but the Men’s and Women’s Soccer events went out live on Wednesday morning and throughout the day. If you want to catch every moment of the action, check out this list of apps for live and simulcast streaming of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

NBC Olympics Live Extra (Free) This is the official live streaming app of the 2012 summer Olympics in the U.S. It is getting quite a bit of flack from consumers for having a confusing interface, slow video speed, and requiring a cable subscription to access certain features. However, it is the source for every single Olympic event with 3,500 hours of live content. Users can watch all 300 plus events, see alternative camera angles, access full replays, follow their favorite sports, get push notifications of events and watch simulcasts of programs through NBC Universal cable channels. Leading up to the games, you can watch videos of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, interviews with athletes, and relive the excitement of the qualification rounds for some of your favorite sports.


XFINITY TV (Free) If you have Xfinity or Comcast Digital, you should already have this app. You can watch all of your favorite TV shows from your iPad, control your television, browse the schedule of upcoming shows, program your DVR, and more. This app allows you to stream television shows and movies anytime from HBO, Starz, Showtime, Cinemax, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network, BBC and all the broadcast television channels. The XFINITY TV app was recently updated to add a “New ‘Olympics’ filter in TV Listings to put the action of the London games at your fingertips.”


DIRECTV App for iPad (Free) With your subscription to DIRECTV, you can watch Olympic coverage via NBC Universal. This app lets users watch live television on the iPad, including HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Encore. You can also browse television channel scheduling, read additional information on cast and crew, program your DVR and more. If you don’t want to sign into the NBC Olympics Live Extra app with your DIRECTV account, this app will let you watch the broadcast programming of available events through NBC. You must be connected to your cable account from your home Wi-Fi to view live television.


CTV Olympics London 2012 (Free) Leading up to the opening ceremonies on July 27, Canadian residents can get up to the minute video highlights and event results, play trivia games, enter to win a trip to the closing ceremonies, and more. After the official start of the Olympic games, Canadians can watch live video streaming through CTV and Sportsnet Olympic broadcasts, see additional live coverage of 15 Olympic events via World Feed and interact with others via the Social Scene TV companion.

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  • Captain ZADL

    Your poll needs a “I live in the United States and don’t have Cable TV because it’s a 20th Century technology that Netflix Streaming and Hulu have made largely obsolete, but I still can’t watch the Olympics for free online because the USA is the only country in the world that’s blocking it for everyone who doesn’t subscribe to NBC in some form. We’re number 1! We’re number 1! We’re number 1! We’re number 1!” choice.