“Le Tour” or “Tour de France” is one of the greatest sporting events of the year and you don’t have to be a cycling fan to enjoy the competition and the beautiful landscapes. The mountain stages are so spectacular and I truly admire the riders for their extraordinary efforts.
This post lists the channels that broadcast the Tour de France both on TV and online.
The 2015 Tour de France is the 102nd edition and starts on 4th of July with the final stage on 26th of July. The Tour is scheduled to start in Utrecht, Netherlands.
In 2015 there will be several rule changes:
- Time bonuses are back. The three first finishers of stages (from second to eighth) earn bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds respectively.
- Sprint competition points system also change. A stage win will be worth 50 points instead of 45, second place awards 30 instead of 35 and third 20 instead of 30.
In order to get the latest news and updates regarding the race I recommend bookmarking the Tour de France official site.
Tour de France 2015 broadcasters list (TV and Online)
The event is televised in over 180 countries on more than 120 television channels (on TV and online). You may find below the list of the broadcasters across the World.
|France||TV2, TV3||France TV||Only available in France.|
|Europe and Asia||Eurosport||Eurosport||–|
|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||ITV4||ITV Player||Only available in UK.|
|United States||NBC Sports||NBCSports||Sign-up required. Only available in US and U.S. Territories.|
|Belgium||VRT, RTBF||Sporza, RTBF||The online streaming is only available in Belgium.|
|Canada||RDS, TNS||RDS, TNS||The online streaming is only available in Canada.|
|Colombia||Senalcolombia||Senalcolombia||The online streaming is only available in Colombia.|
|Czech Republic||CT4||CT4||The online streaming is only available in Czech Republic.|
|Denmark||TV 2||TV 2 Sporten||The online streaming is only available in Denmark.|
|Estonia||ETV||EER||The online streaming is only available in Estonia.|
|Ireland||TG4||TG4 Player||The online streaming is only available in Ireland.|
|Israel||Sport 5||Sport 5||The online streaming is only available in Israel.|
|Japan||J Sports||J Sports||The online streaming is only available in Japan.|
|Kazakhstan||Kazakhstan TV, KAZsport||Kaztrk||–|
|Luxembourg||RTL||RTL.lu||The online streaming is only available in Luxembourg.|
|Netherlands||NOS||NOS.nl||The online streaming is only available in Netherlands.|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport||Sky Sport||The online streaming is only available in New Zealand.|
|Norway||TV 2||TV 2||The online streaming is only available in Norway.|
|Portugal||RTP||RTP Play||The online streaming is only available in Portugal.|
|Slovakia||Dvojka||RTV||The online streaming is only available in Slovakia.|
|Spain||RTVE||RTVE||The online streaming is only available in Spain.|
|South Africa||Supersport||Supersport||Sign-up required. The online streaming is only available in South Africa.|
|Switzerland||RSI, RTS, SRF||RSI, RTS, SRF||The online streaming is only available in Switzerland.|
How to watch Tour de France 2015 online
Option 1: Check the list above. If you are located in a country where the Tour is streamed online all you have to do is to access the channels and enjoy the show.
Option 2: If you are located in a country where such channels are restricted then you should consider a solution to bypass the restrictions, like VPNs or SmartDNS services. I recommend trying HideMyAss or ibVPN / ibDNS. These will allow you to watch 2015 Tour de France online on France TV or ITV Player even if you are located outside France or UK.
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.
Option 3: 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.
I can’t wait to see the cyclists to the start line of the Tour de France 2015 edition and enjoy the competition. Who do you think will win this year?
P.S. If you know other channels that stream “Le Tour” 2015 live online please share them in the comments below. Thanks!