From television to apps to social media, we'll show you how to stay on top of this year's games.
Even if you haven’t been struck with Olympic fever quite yet, the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, this week is sure to ramp up your excitement to Olympic levels. But with more than 2,500 athletes competing in 98 different events, how is it possible to keep up with everything this year’s games have to offer?
From television to apps to social media, we’ll show you how to stay on top of this year’s games.
Catch the Olympics on NBC
NBC’s time-delayed coverage starts on Thursday, Feb. 6 (though the opening ceremonies are on Friday), and runs through Feb. 23. During this time, NBC’s prime time schedule will be taken over by the Olympics so you won’t be able to see your favorite shows until the games are over. Cord cutters should invest in an HD-capable antenna to get the best view.
However, NBC will only be broadcasting a selection of Olympic events, and mostly during prime time. For the entire show, you’ll need to tune in to NBC cable sports affiliate NBCSN. NBCSN will air live coverage starting Saturday, Feb. 8 at 3 a.m. ET.
Stream the games online
You’ll be able to stream Olympics video on demand from NBC’s website NBCOlympics.com right to your mobile device or laptop. There is also the free NBC Sports Live Extra app for over 1,000 hours of coverage and all 98 medal ceremonies:
- The iPhone and iPad version can be found on iTunes
- The Android app can be found on Google Play
- The Windows Phone app can be found on Windows Phone Store
The catch is you’ll have to log on with information from your cable provider in order to view any video — but once you do, you can stream everything the Olympics has to offer.
If you’re a cord-cutter or you’re only interested in catching Olympics highlights, look to YouTube. The YouTube pages for the Olympics and NBC Olympics will have highlights and the latest video coverage.
Apps for the latest Olympic news
Stay on top of Team USA’s progress with the Road to Sochi app for iPhone and Android, and Windows phones featuring news, scores and the stories behind the Americans participating in this year’s games.
Follow the Olympics on social media
Social media is the place to get Olympic news fast, from the latest scores to live photos and video. NBC will have the official word on the games, and they’re available wherever you want to follow them. Find NBC on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine. Not enough? Follow the official pages for Sochi on Twitter and Facebook or the Olympics on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.
If you’re craving still more Olympic excitement, NPR has created easy-to-follow Twitter lists of athletes and media attending this year’s games, so you won’t miss the action from any perspective.
If you want to follow a specific athlete, check out the official Olympics social directory, where you can browse or search for specific Olympic social accounts. Many athletes are updating their public Facebook profile pages as well. You can search for them by name in Facebook or follow the Facebook Pages of entire teams. Here’s a short list for you start with:
If you want to keep it simple, then just Like the official Facebook page for the U.S. Olympic team.
Remember that you can search on Facebook like you can on Twitter by using hastags in the search box. Any public post using that hashtag on Facebook will be shown in the results. Key hashtags for the Sochi Games are:
Instagram is the place to see the latest photos from the Olympic Village and more. Start by following Team USA and the U.S. Paralympics. Then keep an eye out for photos at these key Olympic locations:
- Fisht Olympic Stadium: Opening and closing ceremonies
- Adler Arena: Speed skating
- Shayba Arena: Ice hockey
- Bolshoy/Bolshoi Ice Dome: Ice hockey
- Iceberg Skating Palace: Figure skating, short track
- RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre: Ski jumping
- Rosa Khutor Extreme Park: Snowboarding, freestyle skiing
- Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre: Alpine skiing
- Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Centre: Biathlon
- Sanki Sliding Centre: Bobsled, luge, skeleton
However you prefer to take in media, tech offers you plenty of options for keeping up with the Winter Olympics. Now there’s nothing to do but enjoy the Games and see who takes home the gold.
This article was written by Elizabeth Harper and originally appeared on Techlicious.
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