13 JUL

The BBC and NBC Bring the 2012 Summer Olympics to your iPhone and iPad

by Marianne Schultz

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, which will be held in London, are set to start on July 27 and the networks providing television coverage of the events are already getting their ducks in a row with respect to mobile devices.

The London-based BBC has released the free BBC Olympics app for the iPhone, which debuted in the App Store yesterday. BBC Olympics offers news about the competing teams from your country based on your location, event schedules, top stories, and more.

If you’re in the UK, you have access to a different version of the free BBC Olympics app that will provide up to 24 live streams of events as they occur as well as the event schedule, headlines, and other information also available in versions of the app offered in the US and other countries.

(In case you’re wondering, the BBC only has the rights to stream its Olympics coverage in the UK so you won’t be able to get this functionality if you’re not in the UK.)

If none of these apps quite do it for you, there’s an official YouTube channel for the London games that you can access through any web browser or the YouTube app on your iPhone or iPad.

I’ve already set up the NBC Live Extra app on my iPad and tagged some of the indoor volleyball games on the schedule to watch as they happen and the app will give me a push notification 15 minutes before the start of each to remind me. On my iPhone, I’ve got the BBC Olympics app loaded in order to do quick checks of the headlines once the games begin.

As we get closer to the games, we’ll highlight other apps we come across that could be useful if you want to stay up to date while on the go.


  1. User

    Only supports the people who live in the US and UK, not for everyone in the world.

  2. Doug

    Many, many poor reviews. Requires cable/sat. subscription (no in-app purchase), some of which still won’t qualify, poor video quality, long annoying ads by Citibank, not landscape or optimized for iPad, etc. etc.

  3. shmeed

    very disappointed about subscription requirement, another scammy piece of bloatware. used the app yesterday to check it out..poor video quality, kept replaying the same ad over and over, was really annoying. Why does NBC have these exclusive rights when they can’t deploy a truly Olympic worthy product? Typical American Media Crap..when will they hire new design teams??

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