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postheadericon NBC Olympics’ production of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games to utilize Microsoft for live and on-demand streaming

NEW YORK — Feb. 6 , 2014 Microsoft Corp. has been selected to be the cloud encoding and hosting platform provider for NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, during its production of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 6–23. As a result, viewers will be able to watch Winter Olympics programming via more than 50 live high-definition streams and on demand. The announcement was made today by Richard Cordella, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media, NBC Sports Group, and Scott Guthrie, acting lead of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group.

Through the power of cloud computing, NBC will use Windows Azure Media Services, a highly scalable video service platform hosted in Microsoft’s datacenters, to publish and stream coverage of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. Whether on an Internet-connected TV, tablet or smartphone, viewers will be able to access live and on-demand content via the NBC Sports Live Extra app available free on Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, Windows Phone, Android, and iOS. In addition, viewers can go to to view live or on-demand Olympics events on a PC or Mac — all being streamed with support from Windows Azure Media Services.

Microsoft customers watching the Winter Olympics will benefit from a connected viewing experience across any Windows Phone 8 or Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 device.

“During the 2012 London Olympics Games, viewers with connected devices watched, on average, six hours of NBC Olympics’ coverage a day, and we anticipate this demand will continue to grow for the upcoming Sochi Olympic Games,” Guthrie said. “To meet that demand, Windows Azure is leading the way by providing end-to-end live streaming of the Winter Olympics entirely in the cloud, including encoding, transcoding and streaming, for the first time in history. Our partnership with NBC Olympics delivers an immersive viewing experience, bringing the 2014 Olympic Winter Games to viewers’ fingertips, thanks to our powerful cloud technology and One Microsoft approach.”

“We are pleased to be working once again with Microsoft, and we are confident that Windows Azure Media Services will help us provide the most robust streaming experience ever for a Winter Olympics,” Cordella said.

Microsoft has a broad partner ecosystem that extends to the cloud. To deliver NBC Olympics on-demand and live streaming coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Microsoft is working with Adobe Systems Inc. and its Primetime TV publishing and monetization platform, including Adobe Primetime Player SDKs for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS and other platforms, to ensure full scalability and monetization of video streams across millions of U.S. households. In addition, Microsoft is working with iStreamPlanet and its cloud-based, live video workflow solution Aventus to power live video ingest and multiple bit rate encoding, including ad insertion, for NBC’s streaming coverage of the Olympic Games.

About NBC Olympics

A division of the NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s Olympic coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history.

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postheadericon How to Watch the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Streaming HD Video for Free (and a coupon code!)

BBC Sports 2014 Streaming Site - Free Sochi Olympics 2014 Worldwide

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are less than two weeks away. Just looking at the logo gives you the chills, doesn’t it? Add in a little orchestral majesty and the Olympics cuts to the core to just about everyone, from the sports fanatic to the casually interested. I mean listen to this, how can you not get excited!

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics – Let The Games Begin (And Not Buffer!)

If you are a Winter Olympics fan like we are, you can’t watch enough TV coverage of your favorite Olympic events, like bobsledding, luge, and cross-country skiing. And thanks to a deal Yahoo struck with NBC, you’ll be able to live-stream all of the events.

But what about watching the more niche Winter Olympics sports with smaller fanbases and limited live video coverage? Sports like team relay luge, ski half-pipe, the oft-mocked-in-the-US curling, and the rest of the 98 events in 15 different sports at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics? These athletes train a lifetime to exhibit their wares on this huge stage for you to see.

For Olympics addict, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games will be like none other in history. The amount of high quality streaming sports video that will be available of practically every moment of the Winter Olympic Games is monumental and historical.

Where Can I Watch the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games Online?

Top VPN Service Providers on FlashRouters

NBC Olympics will be covering every single event as it happens, which is great news for fans with more esoteric winter games tastes.

Unfortunately for cord-cutters though, NBC is also insisting that you register by entering your cable provider before you stream the Olympics Games online, so those of you who’ve ditched your pricey cable package could very well be out of luck.

Enter the BBC: the venerable national broadcasting station of England will be offering six simultaneous live streams in order to help you avoid missing anything. Since UK channels tend to keep their online materials restricted to those outside the UK, that may create a problem for your average streamer, but those who’ve subscribed to VPN service provider will have no trouble getting the access they need.

This is a case for the confusing country-by-country restrictions of coverage of this major worldwide sporting event. Using a VPN Service provider with server access in many different countries, ex-pats from across the world can watch local coverage of their favorite athletes and events. Some of our top Recommended VPN service providers for streaming the Olympics include HideMyAss, IPVanish, Overplay,& PrivateInternetAccess. It is important to get high-speed access in the US, UK, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East for watching the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Once a FlashRouter is set up, even after the Sochi Winter Olympics, you will have full access to your favorite worldwide streaming video content from anywhere like the the UK (40D – Channel-4-on-demand, LoveFilm, iTV, or your favorite catch-up telly) or the USA (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Prime, Fandor, SnagFilms).

Whether you’re an American at home without a cable package or traveling overseas on business, a VPN in conjunction with a top-of-the-line FlashRouter will keep you in touch with every game at the Sochi Winter Olympics. You can still rep for the red, white, and blue, no matter where you are in the world.

For a more in-depth look at the top VPN providers, visit a list of our most popular VPN service providers of 2014

2014 Olympic Games High Quality HD Streaming Tips

With the advancements of streaming HD technologies, following your favorite sports, teams and athletes can be easier than ever as long as you have the right hardware in place.

If you hope to watch a lot of streaming HD sports video of the Sochi 2014 Oympics but have already had issues with Internet video quality in the past, it could be your router. Many people worldwide will be trying to access this content so having the optimal delivery system from the net to your favorite device for streaming video is imperative.

To receive the best high quality HD streaming of the Sochi Winter Olympics, having the right gateway router with prioritizing of streaming video and bandwidth allocation for your favorite devices is of the utmost importance. QoS Bandwidth Prioritizing is built into all of our upgraded, super-charged Tomato and DD-WRT Routers.

Whether it is your iPad, iPhone, your Dell laptop, or Samsung Android Tablet or an Internet enabled Smart TV, having a router with high-powered and stable wireless signal can make all the difference. And not only will making this network upgrade help you during the Olympics but think about all the major live sporting events in the future that you will now be optimized for: the 2014 World Cup in Rio, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the World Series and more.

A high quality router upgrade is an important tool for providing the best streaming HD video quality of live events – whether you prefer the NFL, NBA, or the English Premier League – as well as all of the amazing content the Internet has to offer. Don’t be let down by under-performing, overtaxed networking equipment. Have the right equipment in place before the big game.

As a special Olympics offer (for world unity, you know), use the coupon SOCHI for $ 10 off any router over $ 70. And just to let you know, this can not be combined with any other discounts either. This deal is valid through the end of the Olympics, 2/17/2014.

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