What is the controversy with Sochi, Russia and the winter Olympics
The main question over Sochi is the recent adoption of a law in Russia prevent the promotion of homosexual practices. The Russian parliament passed the law to ensure that children were unable to be affected by blatant acts of homosexuality (for instance gay pride parades) however in recent interviews it has become clear that the real reason is that Russian politicians (especially those in areas with strong levels of Orthodox Christianity) do not want to recognise that the group even exists as was shown in a recent BBC interview when the mayor of Sochi declared "There are no gay people in this town" despite the reporter attending a gay bar the previous evening.
The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games, or the 22nd Winter Olympics, are scheduled to take place from 6 to 23 February 2014, in Sochi,Russia, with some events held in the resort town of Krasnaya Polyana.
98 events in 15 winter sport disciplines will be held. Both the Olympics and 2014 Winter Paralympics are being organized by the Sochi Organizing Committee (SOC). Sochi was selected as the host city in July 2007, during the 119th IOC Session held in Guatemala City.The Sochi Olympics will be the first Olympics in the Russian Federation since the breakup of the USSR. The USSR was the host nation for the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
How to Watch and Follow the Sochi Winter Olympics Online
The Sochi Winter Olympics kick off on Feb. 7. The BBC purchased rights to the Olympics through 2020, and previously streamed the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Neil Hall, product manager of BBC Sport, told Mashable in an email: This new approach to digital live event coverage has its roots firmly in the success of our 2012 Olympics proposition. The London games provided us with both a strong technical legacy and a terrific amount of audience data and insight into how people used our unique coverage to help us shape this new proposition across screens.
The BBC has combined all its offerings live video streams, Radio 5 live coverage, statistics and digital journalism into one place, allowing viewers to choose content without switching between platforms, sites or apps.
Unfortunately for viewers in the United States, BBC streaming is only available to residents of the UK. NBC, which owns the digital streaming rights in the U.S., will be streaming 1,000 hours of coverage of the Olympics at NBCOlympics.com. However, a cable subscription is necessary to access all of NBCs streaming content.
How to watch BBC iPlayer from Abroad
We all like to take a holiday from time to time, some even have exciting jobs that take you to far flung corners of the world and the even more lucky ones amongst us may eventually up roots and kick back in the likes of Spain, France, Australia etc. So How can you watch BBC iPlayer from Abroad?
Let me tell you now, that is not the case and the simple solution is to invest in a good VPN (Virtual Private Network) service. A VPN is a way of routing your connection through an encrypted third party connection. These connections can be based anywhere in the world so you need to look for a VPN provider that offers a UK connection.
List of 2014 Winter Olympics broadcasters
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will be televised by a number of broadcasters throughout the world. As with previous years, Olympic Broadcasting Services will produce the world feed provided to local broadcasters for use in their coverage. In most regions, broadcast rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympics were packaged together, but some broadcasters obtained rights to further games as well, while in Australia, the 2014 Games were offered individually after all three major networks were unable to reach a deal for both.
What you need is a VPN account !