The 2018 Asian Games are upon us and if you want to watch the action live then this is the guide you need.
The Asian Games have grown in popularity in recent years but if you want to watch online coverage of the event it can be extremely difficult.
Depending on where you are in the world depends what kind of coverage you’ll get. If you’re outside of Asia then you’re likely to get very little coverage.
That’s why I’ve put together this guide. Below I’m going to show you how you can watch the 2018 Asian Games live online from anywhere in the world. All it will take is 5 beginner-friendly steps. So read on to find out how you can watch in your country.
Where are the 2018 Asian Games shown
Unlike the Olympics, the Asian Games get very little coverage and if you’re outside of Asia then you’re unlikely to find anywhere to watch the events.
In India however the entire 2018 Asian Games is being broadcast live only on the SonyLiv network via their website. If you’re in India you can simply visit SonyLiv and watch. If you’re outside India then you’ll be blocked from watching.
Using an app known as a ‘VPN’ you can unblock the SonyLiv website allowing you to watch the 2018 Asian Games live online from anywhere in the world.
A VPN is a completely legal privacy app and below I’m going to show you using the provider NordVPN how you can unblock SonyLiv to watch the 2018 Asian Games anywhere in the world.
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Where to get a VPN and how to use it
VPN apps are provided by hundreds of different companies. Some are suitable for watching the 2018 Asian Games on SonyLiv and others aren’t.
My recommended provider is NordVPN because they’ve got a 30-day money back guarantee but you can use any of the below:
Just pick one of the providers above and then follow the steps below. I’m using NordVPN in my example as I find them to work slightly better than the others:
- Visit NordVPN by clicking here and sign up for their service.
- Go to the VPN apps area of their website and download the correct app for your device.
- Open the app and login when needed.
- On the world map locate India and click to connect. You can also press ‘Countries’ and find India in the list.
- Wait for the app to connect, or if it doesn’t automatically then click Connect.
Once the app has connected just head over to the SonyLiv Website using this link.
You’ll now be able to watch all the 2018 Asian Games coverage that’s being shown including live and catch-up for most events.
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When you’ve finished watching disconnect from the VPN app. When you want to continue watching simply reconnect.
Connecting to the VPN is actually really simple. If you think it’ll be difficult just take a look at the example image below that requires just 1-click to get connected to India to watch the 2018 Asian Games on Sonyliv anywhere in the world.
When is the 2018 Asian Games taking place
The 2018 Asian Games is taking place in Indonesia.
The events are being split between Jakarta and Palembang.
This 18th edition of the Asian Games will start on August 18th, 2018 and run all the way through until September 2nd, 2018.
This year there are 45 nations taking place from across Asia and 465 different events across 40 sports.
The 2018 Asian Games were originally supposed to take place in Hanoi, Vietnam but after a combination of poor infrastructure and spiralling cost the country opted to drop out. Even though they were awarded the games it was eventually passed to Indonesia to pick up the pieces and prepare for the games.
Countries from across the whole of Asia including central Asia, South East Asia and elsewhere will be taking place. Once notable nation will be ‘Korea’.
North and South Korea will take part in some events as a unified nation signalling major developments in progress of peace between the two nations.
What’s the Asian Games all about
If you haven’t previously heard of the Asian Games then think of it as the Olympics but for Asian nations only. It’s not limited to just one or two nations either as nearly 45 will take part this year.
The games started in 1951 in New Delhi, India and take place every four years just as the Olympics do. Events include everything from Cycling to Martial Arts, Rugby to Skateboarding.
This year will mark the highest number of sports at the event reaching a total of 40 different sports.
The games are quite unique in terms of overall winners as China have won every previous year from now way back to 1982. Prior to that Japan won overall every year way back to the start of the event.
Last games China came first overall with hosts South Korea in second and Japan in third place.
Recap: How to watch 2018 Asian Games live
If you want to watch the 2018 Asian Games live online then you’ll need to get yourself a VPN app.
A VPN allows you to tap into live coverage from another country. In this case live coverage from India by the network SonyLiv.
Using a VPN from a provider such as NordVPN you can unblock the Indian 2018 Asian Games coverage and watch the events live online from any country in the world.
Click the orange button below to sign up for NordVPN and then download their app for your device. Connect to India and then head over to the SonyLiv website.
You’ll now be able to watch live and catch-up coverage of the 2018 Asian Games from any country in the world.
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What’s your favourite event at the games and where will you be watching from? I would love to know so why not let me know in the comments section below.
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