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Watch the Olympics on Your Mac From the US

August 08, 2012 —

The Olympics are in full swing, and I've really been enjoying watching them. I spent some time tonight figuring out how to stream the BBC's iPlayer. While doing the research, I figured out how to easily stream the BBC's coverage of them on my Mac, for free. It involves a bit of terminal hackery, but isn't too bad for a layperson.

First, open up Terminal.app. Then do the following:

> cd /etc
> sudo mkdir resolver
> cd resolver
> sudo sh -c "echo 'nameserver
nameserver' > co.uk"
> sudo cp co.uk bbchdsodsecure-f.akamaihd.net
> sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder

So, this will set up two new nameservers for tunlr.net. But the nameservers will only be set up for any sites under the *.co.uk and *.bbchdsodsecure-f.akamaihd.net domains. The final line will flush the DNS cache on Mac OS Lion and Mountain Lion (all versions are here).

Then point your browser to http://www.bbc.co.uk/ and enjoy the stream.