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!
“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.
|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 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
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.
|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.