How to watch official BBC Olympics coverage from the US

For Americans, coverage of the Olympics in London is mainly limited to NBC’s video stream offerings. Unfortunately, the network’s coverage, especially online, is receiving a ton of complaints as witnessed by the #nbcfail hashtag on Twitter. Fortunately, there is a way to bypass NBC altogether and take advantage of the BBC’s official live stream coverage from inside the U.S. of almost every major event. There is not much to it; all you have to do is use a DNS routing service to get around the BBC’s region blocked streams. Below is a quick guide courtesy of Lifehacker that uses the Unblock Us service. It is free for a week, and then it is $5 for the month.

First, you will have to sign up for the service on its website. Once that is finished, you can configure the service for BBC using the steps below:

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  1. Open System Preferences > Network
  2. Select either Wi-Fi (for wireless) or Ethernet (for wired)
  3. Select Advanced > DNS
  4. Click the plus symbol and add these two DNS servers:
    208.122.23.22
    208.122.23.23
  5. Reboot your computer

The service will route all of your browser traffic, so it is probably best to switch back when not viewing Olympics coverage. This is by far one of the quickest methods of accessing BBC streams.

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