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How to Watch Tour de France 2014 Live Online

Update: Do you want to watching Tour de France 2015? Take a look to the updated post: How to Watch Tour de France 2015 Live Online. Enjoy!

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“Le Tour” or “Tour de France” is probably the most interesting cycling competition of the year and one of the World’s largest annual sporting event. It is a real joy to see the beautiful landscapes and to admire the effort of the riders while climbing the high mountains.

This article lists the broadcasters that show the Tour de France live and explains how to watch it online on your computer or mobile device.

The 2014 Tour de France is the 101st edition and starts on 5th of July with the final stage on 27th of July. For the 4th time in it’s history the tour will contain stages in England. Before the start of the race, Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde are among the main favorites for overall victory.

In order to get the latest news and updates regarding the race, as well as info regarding the route, teams and riders I recommend bookmarking the Tour de France official site.

Broadcasters list (TV and Online)

The event is televised in over 180 countries on more than 120 television channels. Many of them are also streaming their content live online. You may find below the list of the broadcasters across the World.

Country TV channel Online Notes
France France TV2, TV3 France TV Only available in France.
Europe and Asia Eurosport Eurosport
South America ESPN ESPN
North Africa and Middle East beIN Sports beIN Sports
Middle East, Africa, Latin America, USA TV5 Monde TV5 Monde
Indian Subcontinent Ten Sports
United Kingdom United Kingdom ITV4 ITV Player Only available in UK.
United States United States NBC Sports NBCSports Sign-up required. Only available in US and U.S. Territories.
Albania Albania Top Channel
Australia Australia SBS SBS
Belgium Belgium VRT, RTBF Sporza, RTBF The online streaming is only available in Belgium.
Canada Canada RDS, TNS RDS, TNS The online streaming is only available in Canada.
China China CCTV Sports
Colombia Colombia Senalcolombia Senalcolombia The online streaming is only available in Colombia.
Czech Republic Czech Republic CT4 CT4 The online streaming is only available in Czech Republic.
Denmark Denmark TV 2 TV 2 Sporten The online streaming is only available in Denmark.
Estonia Estonia ETV EER The online streaming is only available in Estonia.
Ireland Ireland TG4 TG4 Player The online streaming is only available in Ireland.
Italy Italy Rai
Israel Israel Sport 5 Sport 5 The online streaming is only available in Israel.
Japan Japan J Sports J Sports The online streaming is only available in Japan.
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Kazakhstan TV, KAZsport Kaztrk
Luxembourg Luxembourg RTL RTL.lu The online streaming is only available in Luxembourg.
Mongolia Mongolia Channel1
Netherlands Netherlands NOS NOS.nl The online streaming is only available in Netherlands.
New Zealand New Zealand Sky Sport Sky Sport The online streaming is only available in New Zealand.
Norway Norway TV 2 TV 2 The online streaming is only available in Norway.
Portugal Portugal RTP RTP Play The online streaming is only available in Portugal.
Serbia Serbia RTS
Slovakia Slovakia Dvojka RTV The online streaming is only available in Slovakia.
Spain Spain RTVE RTVE The online streaming is only available in Spain.
South Africa South Africa Supersport Supersport Sign-up required. The online streaming is only available in South Africa.
Switzerland Switzerland RSI, RTS, SRF RSI, RTS, SRF The online streaming is only available in Switzerland.

How to watch Tour de France online

Firstly, you need to check the list above. If the country you are located in at this time is listed and the channel that broadcasts the event is also streaming online then you simply need to access the website (streaming player) and enjoy the show.

Most (if not all) of the sites are geo-restricted, meaning that they are only accessible by Internet users located in certain countries. For example, if you want to access ITV Player you need to be located in UK (or get a VPN or DNS solution as described below).

What to do when you are located in a listed country but you are still not allowed to see the live streaming?

  • Try turning your router off and on again.
  • Phone your ISP and mention that you are having trouble viewing videos on certain sites.

Another options is to install SopCast, a free and simple application to watch TV channels online. Install the application and search for the channel you are interested in. If you are in luck you may find it and start watching the tour. The disadvantage of Sopcast is that, depending on the number of users the ISP bandwidth, the transmission quality may be quite poor.

Access “Tour de France” 2014 streaming site from everywhere in the World

Would you like to watch 2014 Tour de France online on France TV or ITV Player even if you are located outside France or UK? It is possible by using VPN or DNS services.

The main idea is to trick the streaming sites to see you in an acceptable location (in our case France or UK). This can be done by using the VPN (Virtual Private Network) technology or by using a DNS (Domain Name Server) solution. Both are good with a plus for SmartDNS services as they provide faster streaming than VPNs.

There are several free VPN and DNS services that can unlock restricted websites, but, from my personal experience, I say to go for the paid ones. For about $5/month you get the best possible streaming on your computer or mobile device.

Take a look below to the list of VPN and DNS services that you may use to access the Tour de France streaming sites from all over the World.

Name Service Type Unblocks Price
HideMyAss VPN Most of the sites $11.52/month
ibVPN VPN and DNS TV2, TV3, ITV4, NBC Sports, RTVE, TV 2, NOS, Sky Sport, RTL.lu, J Sport, RDS, TNS, TG4, SBS, RSI, RTS, SRF, beIN Sports, TV5 Monde, ESPN $7.95/month
PureVPN VPN TV2, TV3, ITV4, NBC Sports, RTVE, TV 2, NOS, Sky Sport, RTL.lu, J Sport, RDS, TNS, TG4, ESPN $9.95/month
Unotelly DNS beIN Sports, ITV, TV2 Norway, ESPN $4.99/month

Some of these services provide easy to install apps (for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android) in order to be able to quickly be able to access the streaming sites. ibVPN even offers 6-hour trial to test their service.

Enjoy!

 

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