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How to Watch Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on iPad

With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics officially kicking off with opening ceremonies today at 11 AM EST/ 2 PM PST, you’re probably wondering how to watch the Sochi Winter Olympics from an iPad. Here’s the best methods and apps for the job.

How to watch the Winter Olympics on iPad: Stream live on iPlayer

The BBC is covering the Winter Olympics; most of the events will be on BBC 2 with a few of the bigger ones on BBC 1. You can stream BBC channels live on your iPad or iPhone using the iPlayer app. Start up iPlayer, then go to the On Now page, which shows which channels are currently live and what they’re showing.

How to watch the Winter Olympics on iPad: Download events to watch later

Streaming Winter Olympics coverage live obviously requires an internet connection – preferably Wi-Fi – but you may not have time to watch everything you want to while within range. Instead, you can download a highlights package from iPlayer and watch it on the Tube later, or at another time when you haven’t got a reliable connection.

Find the programme you want to download, tap on it to bring up the full programme page, and then tap Download, below the main image. Now go to your Downloads page (it’s the fourth icon along in the bottom row) and you’ll see it downloading in the Queue section. When it’s finished it will appear in the Downloaded page.

Remember that High Quality Downloads take up more space and are slower to download, but if you want to see every drop of sweat flying off the luge they’re the way forward.

How to watch the Winter Olympics on iPad: Collect all Sochi records from YouTube to play on iPad

You may also want to experience the sporting achievements of your country’s team this winter, right? Well, collect all memorable YouTube videos from Sochi on your HDD. Don’t let annoying buffer waits and persistent YouTube ads spoilthe fun when you cheer for your favorites. Download any YouTube clips using iSkysoft iTube Studio for Mac (if you’re using Windows PC, you may get AllMyTube from Wondershare) and convert them to play on your mobile device right away. With these third-party YouTube to iPad converters , you’ll be able to:

  • Download video – including HD! -from YouTube.
  • Save Flash video in all popular video formats
  • Convert online and Flash videos for portable devices – iPad, iPhone, iPod, PSP, Galaxy Note and cell phones.
  • Extract soundtracks from online videos
  • Preview online videos without leaving the program
  • Save time with the super-fast video conversion technology.

How to watch the Winter Olympics on iPad: Radio

Finally, if you want to listen to Olympics coverage discreetly, there’s always the option of radio. Radio 5 Live are at Sochi, and will be covering all the big events.

You can listen to BBC Radio 5 Live using the iPlayer app, under the Radio section, but there is also a (free) iPlayer Radio app and with various other options by rival app makers.