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'Huge Spike' in US Viewers Using Proxy Servers to Watch BBC Olympic coverage

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes | about a year and a half ago

Technology 2

DavidGilbert99 writes "NBC is the sole broadcaster of the London 2012n Olympics in the US, having paid $1.1bn for the privilege.

However the Twitter hastag #NBCfails quickly started trending last Friday, when it was revealed that NBC would only be showing delayed coverage of most events on TV, including Danny Boyle's opening ceremony.

While NBC is providing live streaming through its website, you need to have a valid cable subscription in order to view the events.

This has seen many tech savvy US viewers turning to proxy servers to view the BBC's Olympic coverage, which doesn't need any sign-in to view — once your IP address looks like it is coming from the UK.

One provider of VPN services, HideMyAss.com has seen a ten-fold increase in new customers signing up for their services since last Friday."

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Canada is an option (1)

PhotoJim (813785) | about a year and a half ago | (#40831967)

Canadian Olympics coverage is live, too, with evening rebroadcasts, so it's another option. If you're near the Canadian border you may only need an antenna to pick it up.

Blame Canada... (3, Funny)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | about a year and a half ago | (#40833309)

Canadian Olympics coverage is live, too, with evening rebroadcasts, so it's another option. If you're near the Canadian border you may only need an antenna to pick it up.

Senior partner at Dewey, Ripem & Howe, attorneys for NBC: "Your Honor, those accursed Canucks even admit their crime of making available (for up to 50 miles inside the USA) this copyright material which is exclusively licensed to NBC within the USA. We petition the court for an injunction to halt this nefarious infringement of our client's rights and for financial remedies to compensate that client and penalties to dissuade others [muffled burp of contentment]."

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