There is now an official Olympic TV app in Google Play, which is pretty big news. Does this mean the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is finally embracing modern technology? Eh, kind of. The app promises to give you access to all the live and replayed events from Sochi next month, but there are apparent limitations based on where you live.
According to the app's description, these are the countries where users can get unfettered access to all the Olympic video:
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Anguilla, Antigua-Barbuda, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Surinam, Turks and Caicos, Trinidad and Tobago.
Notice anything? Yep, that's (most of) Africa and the Caribbean. To be clear, you can download the app in a lot of other places, and it does seem to be showing video from practice runs in Sochi right now (in the US). It will probably be showing a limited feed based on the licensing deals when the games actually start, though. The app description isn't particularly helpful in sorting that out. But in addition to the video, there is a simple event calendar.
The app itself is okay as far as things designed for the Olympics go – it's a little sluggish and the UI is confusing. Also, there are force closes (ugh). The IOC is famously slow to get in line with modern technology, so it's probably a miracle this app exists at all.