The Olympic games are finally here. If you’re not able to get our sporting fix via a flatscreen TV, don’t fear. There are some fantastic ways to watch all the action from your favourite smartphone.
It’s worth considering that the huge influx of visitors to the UK during the games will put a huge strain on networks, which means more and more people will be using WiFi. There could be strain on web services although according to Recombu Digital all the major ISP providers are confident the capability of their networks.
If you only download one app for the London 2012 Olympic Games, it has to be BBC Olympics, which is an essential download for Android and iOS users. The app includes 24 live video streams, day-by-day schedule, individual pages for each sport, country and athlete along with a medal table, news and daily commentary.
Customise the bottom tab bar with your favourite sports, although with so many events, being able to highlight forthcoming events would have been useful. But that’s a minor complaint considering how much content is free. Unless you are on an unlimited data package, live stream over HD and costs will soar, so activate WiFi Only.
Sky Go includes some Olympic content, alongside entertainment fare. Catch up on the latest Olympic developments in Sky Sports News or football on Eurosport, although because the BBC has the rights, choice is limited. Access depends on your Sky subscription too, otherwise it costs £35 a month for Sky Sports and entertainment channels, ouch.
Because the BBC Olympic app offers so much content free, it’s hard to recommend Sky Go unless you are a Sky subscriber with a passing interest in sport.
TVCatchup lets you watch live television via your iPhone or iPad browser (http://iphone.tvcatchup.com) and now via a dedicated iOS app, complete with a full EPG.
Olympic content available depends what the BBC is showing and you don’t get access to multiple channels via a red button, but for a free service TVCatchup is fantastic – and certainly helps avoid fights over which channel to watch. Streaming over 3G uses data, so if your tariff doesn’t include unlimited data make sure you activate ‘Use WiFi only.’
Elgato EyeTV Mobile
Elgato makes portable TV tuners for laptop and smartphones, enabling users to watch BBC Olympic channels on-the-go. The Elgato EyeTV Mobile is a small DVB-T Tuner that plugs into an iPhone or iPad 30-pin dock connector, providing up to four hours live viewing if the iPhone is fully charged.
Pause, rewind and record programmes using the free companion EyeTV Mobile app, which includes a full EPG and even lets you browse the internet simultaneously.
Unlike an app, the TV signal comes via the tuners aerial so Elgato EyeTV Mobile doesn’t use your data plan.
£99.95 from Elgato