4 Ways to Stream the Beijing 2008 Olympics Online (With screenshots)


Being restricted to a single channel (NBC) to watch the 2008 Beijing Olympics sucks. And in any case, I don’t have a TV at home and don’t care much about TV. My life is the Internet Tubes. There are several other ways you can watch the 2008 Beijing Olympics. So I basically compiled a list of 4 different ways you can watch the Olympics Online live. Most of these methods use peer2peer video streaming (p2ptv) which hasn’t quite caught on in the West, but that is vastly popular in the East.

The different ways to watch the 2008 Beijing Olympics live on the internet are listed below in order of preference.

First and foremost, some of these programs will try to display some Chinese characters, so if you are using non-Chinese Windows which I assume is the case, you might want to install support for Chinese. IF AND ONLY IF YOU WANT TO SEE CHINESE CHARACTERS! Im not going to go in detail about how to enable Chinese support but basically there are two steps:
1- Enable support for East Asian languages in the control panel (requires reboot)
2- Set the default language for non-Unicode applications to Chinese in the control panel (requires reboot)
Warning: Some of the installers below are in English, if you set the default language for non unicode applications to Chinese, the installers will switch to Chinese and you will be very confused!

Furthermore, if you try to scout around the Chinese channels, here are the characters you should be looking for:
Olympics:
Sports:

China:

Method 1: PPStream
Vote: 4/5 – Many channels, great interface, instant access to Beijing 2008 Olympics streams
PPStream official homepage: http://www.ppstream.com/

PPStream is also really cool, it features a large selection of Beijing 2008 Live Olympic Streams, most of them showing the Chinese athletes. It also has many other channels you can watch if you’re into Chinese TV.

Download page: http://dl.pconline.com.cn/html_2/1/109/id=10768&pn=0&linkPage=1.html
Direct download link: http://download.pplive.com/pplivesetup_1.9.46_pconlinegg.exe
Download link on page: (see screenshot)

ppstream-download-links-for-beijing-2008-olympics

ppstream-download-links-for-beijing-2008-olympics


Once you have downloaded PPStream, launch the installer. The installation process is in English (Chinglish actually);
1: Click Next, Next again
2: At the “Select additional tasks” screen, you might want to uncheck “Auto run PPStream when computer starts”, then click next
3: The program will install, click “Finish” and it will start

That’s it!

After running PPStream, it might ask you to install some type of software, I installed it on my computer and it didn’t cause any problem. I’m assuming it’s a codec to play the videos (or not?). PPStream is safe, it’s a very popular software, widely used in China.

Note: Some of the channels are “premium”, you can’t play them, try a different category if none in the current category play.
Note2: you can find more links to PPStream channels here:
Direct link to PPStream Beijing Olympics Live Streams: http://myp2p.eu click “Live Sport” and you will find the Beijing 2008 Olympics list of streams. Several of the streams are PPStreams.

Here’s a screenshot:

PPStream screenshot

PPStream screenshot


Method 2: TVants
Vote: 3.5/5 – Not a great interface but allows access to Bejing Olympics streams.
Homepage: http://tvants.en.softonic.com/

TVants is very straight forward to install and to run, just download and install the traditional way

Download Page: http://tvants.en.softonic.com/download
Direct download link: http://download.tvants.com/pub/tvants/tvants1/win32/bin/TvantsSetup.EXE

After it’s installed, go to http://myp2p.eu click “Live Sport” and you will find the Beijing 2008 Olympics list of streams. Several of the streams are TVAnts streams. Just click on them and TVAnts will be launched and will start buffering.

Screenshot:

tvants screenshot

tvants screenshot


Method 3: PPlive
Vote: 3/5 – Not enough channels
Homepage: http://www.pplive.com/en/index.html

PPlive really rocks because you can use it to get several Chinese channels (including the sports channels and whatnot). You can also use it to watch films or random Chinese TV. I actually found several Chinese films on PPlive that had English subtitles.

Download page: http://www.pplive.com/en/download.html
Direct download link: http://download.pplive.com/pplivesetup_1.9.15.exe

Once you have downloaded PPLive, launch the installer,
1: Select English and click “OK”
2: Click Next, I Agree, Next
3: Uncheck the last box (the unreadable one), Install
4: Uncheck “Start PPLive when I start Windows” and click Finish
5: Click the unreadable button

That’s it!

You can browse the channels at the right under the “live” tab! If you hover over the channels, it will pop-up with a screenshot!
Note: Most channels are repeated films or tv episodes streaming. Live TV is under the “Live TV” channel. The Beijing 2008 Olympics might not always be playing. Try the Shanghai Sports Channel.

Screenshot:

pplive screenshot

pplive screenshot

Method 4: UUSee
Vote: 2.5/5 – Not enough channels
Homepage: http://www.uusee.com/

UUSee also has a gui allowing you to channel-surf, the only problem is that some of the channels are only available for the Chinese mainland. (CCTV1 and 2 for example) but several channels are open to the world, just try them out.

Direct download link: http://download1.uusee.com/UUSee_Setup_2008.exe
More links at: http://www.uusee.com/download/

Install instructions:
UUSee is all in Chinese so follow these instructions:
1: Launch the setup file and click the obvious “Next” button
2: Click the button with (I), do the same on the next screen.
3: It will extract the files and on the next screen, uncheck both checkboxes. Click Finish and run UUSee!

Note: Again you can find streams for UUSee on myp2p.tv

That’s it!

Screenshot:

uusee screenshot

uusee screenshot


Others
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You might want to investigate:
-CCTV box beta
-Feidian player
-tvkoo…


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