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Almost every cord cutter who streams the Olympics will be breaking the law

How To Watch Olympics Online

Beginning Friday when the 2014 Winter Olympics kick off in Sochi, NBC will stream much of the action online to computers and to mobile devices through the NBC Sports Live Extra app, which is available for both Android and iOS phones and tablets. If you’re a cord cutter and you manage to stream any of the Olympics online, however, the odds are pretty good that you’ll be breaking the law.

Slate notes that NBC’s decision to stream this year’s Olympics is a terrific move for people who want to watch while away from their TVs. But unfortunately, the only people who can access the feeds are people who use their login credentials for their cable or satellite TV company’s websites. This means that cord cutters in the United States will not be able to access the Olympics feeds legally — unless they subscribe to Aereo, which will also provide online feeds of NBC’s coverage of the Olympics.

Aereo, after all, isn’t illegal… yet.

For those of you who subscribe to a pay TV service, NBC will be streaming tape-delayed Olympics coverage on, and its NBC Sports Live Extra app for iOS (free download) and Android (free download) will carry the same content.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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