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How To Watch The Summer Olympics Online On A Site That’s Blocked In Your Country

By Steph Myers / July 20, 2016 / Tags: ,

Here’s how to live stream the 2016 Rio Olympics on a channel that’s region-blocked in your location. Watch the Olympics on the BBC outside the UK, on CBC outside Canada, and more.

Watch the Summer Olympics live online on a station blocked in your country

The Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will bring the world together for one of the globe’s biggest events. But while nations are uniting in sport, fans hoping to live stream the 2016 Olympic Games from a channel in a different country will face some annoying geo-blocks.

[Related: After the Olympics, see all the options to watch college football live online 2016, live stream NFL football 2016, avoid NFL blackouts in 2016, and how to get NFL Game Pass International in the US.]

Thankfully, there’s a simple workaround. Here’s what to do so you can watch the Summer Olympics online on BBC iPlayer, CBC, or another channel no matter what country you’re in.

We’ve test tons of ways to do this, and ExpressVPN is our favorite for unblocking access to Olympics coverage from channels around the world. That’s because it always gives the best, fastest stream quality; unblocks the BBC, CBC, and the other channels that will live stream the Olympics; has super-simple apps available for every device; and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Live Stream The Olympics On The BBC From Outside The UK — And Other Options

You can find a full list of all the channels that will be streaming the Summer Olympics in our Definitive Guide To Watching Rio 2016 Live Online.

In the US, NBC will live stream Olympics coverage (but note that a cable subscription is needed to watch). Note too that you won’t be able to live stream the Olympics Opening Ceremony on NBC. That’s the one part of the Games NBC is only showing over-the-air. So to watch the Opening Ceremony online from the US, you’ll need to unblock a site in another country.

Outside the US, the best options to watch the Rio Games online are the BBC in the UK, and CBC in Canada. Both of these are free to watch once you bypass their geo-blockers.

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I’ll use unblocking the BBC from outside the UK as an example — but the below method will work for any geo-blocked site or live stream, no matter what country you’re in.

Step-By-Step Help: How To Access Summer Olympics Live Streaming On A Geo-Blocked Site

There are other options to unblock region-restricted content to stream the Olympics, but the easiest and most reliable way is by using ExpressVPN. We used it to watch the Sochi Olympics online on the BBC and were never once disappointed.

There’s another big plus to using ExpressVPN: They have a 30-day money-back guarantee. Which means — should you decide it’s not for you after the Closing Ceremonies — you just watched the entire Summer Games for free.

Here’s how to set it up (takes about 5 minutes).

STEP 1) Get a 30-day money-back ExpressVPN account  To get the best deal, choose the 12-month plan ($8.32/mo).

How to live stream Rio 2016 Olympics without cable for free

STEP 2) Download the ExpressVPN app

ExpressVPN apps for every device

Download the app for the device you want to use. You can download multiple apps and can use ExpressVPN simultaneously on up to 3 different devices. Their apps are super easy to use, and are available for every device: smartphone, tablet, computer, router, media streamer, gaming console, or smart TV. Pretty much, if you have it, ExpressVPN will work on it.

STEP 3) Get connected and start watching the Summer Olympics on your channel of choice

Now open the app and connect to an ExpressVPN server. Choose a server located in the same country as the channel/website you want to access. For example, to watch the Olympics on the BBC, connect to a U.K. server (we’ve had the best performance with the East London location). If you want to watch CBC, connect to a server in Canada.

Watch the Summer Olympics 2016 without cable for free on BBC, CBC

Once you’re connected, ExpressVPN will take care of everything. Just visit the BBCCBC, or any other geo-blocked content like you normally would, only now you’ll be able to access their live streams. You can also use their apps — for example, if you want to watch the Summer Olympics on Roku. Or you can set up ExpressVPN on your router, or use a device like Chromecast to play the live streams on your TV.

ExpressVPN connected to a server to unblock websites
Once you’re connected to the UK, you’ll be able to live stream the Summer Olympics on the BBC for free.

Some VPNs we’ve tried have slowed down our connection, but ExpressVPN has always delivered super-fast streaming speeds without a glitch or interruption. You’ll also find you now have access to a whole slew of other geo-blocked content on sites and services (tons of new stuff on Netflix!), so do explore. It’s pretty cool.

Even if you have access to a live stream of the Olympics in your own country, for a world event like this it’s fun to watch coverage from other nations. Enjoy the Summer Games!

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