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How to watch the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics live online

The 2014 Winter Olympics kicked off in Sochi, Russia recently, and from 7-23 February all eyes will be on the Black Sea city as athletes from 88 countries compete for glory across 98 events in 15 different sports.

The Games haven't been without their fair share of controversy, however, with Russia's anti-LGBT policies coming under particular fire from all corners of the international community, including the tech world.

Read more: Google protests Russia's anti-gay stance with Sochi Olympics doodle

But politics hasn't dimmed interest in the competition itself, and viewers from all over the world are anxious to tune into the 22nd annual Winter Olympics at home, at work, and on the move.

With that in mind, we've put together a handy guide on how to watch the Sochi Winter Olympics online.

For those of us in the UK, tuning in digitally is as simple as heading over to the BBC Sport website, which features a range of live coverage and highlights.

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ITProPortal readers abroad also have a number of options to enjoy the sporting showcase.

Our friends in the US can make use of the extensive NBC Sports Live Extra coverage by downloading the network's iOS or Android app. That will give you access to more than 1,000 hours of Olympics coverage - if you're a cable subscriber. Otherwise, you'll have to authenticate an account, which is presumably newspeak for coughing up loot for the footage.

Elsewhere, YouTube doesn't offer live coverage of the Games, but you can catch up on all the action from Sochi via the Olympic Committee's official Olympic Channel, the Sochi 2014 channel, and the NBC Olympic YouTube channel.