Soccer fans, are you ready? Ready to get up at 4:30 in the morning every day for a month? Ready to neglect work, friends and family? In other words, ready for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, coming live to you from South Africa starting June 11?
Granted, you really only have to get up in the middle of the night if you live on the West Coast of North America, but even New Yorkers will have to deal with the fact that most games will be broadcast at times when most of us tend to be at work. So what can a soccer fan do, save calling in sick for 30 days straight?
Luckily, virtually all games will be available online and on various mobile phones as well. Here’s a quick list of all the sites, streams and apps you need to know:
Where to watch the World Cup online
ESPN3.com will stream 54 of 64 games in real time on its site, complete with a bunch of bells and whistles including Facebook and Twitter integration, the ability to jump to key scoring plays throughout the game, picture-in-picture and split-screen mode as well as live commentary in Arabic, German, Japanese and Korean, in case you don’t want to listen to ESPN’s English language commentators.
However, not everyone will be able to tune into ESPN3’s live streams: Users have to be customer of an affiliated ISP, which include AT&T, Verizon, Cox Communications, Comcast, RCN and others. The site can also be accessed from U.S.-based college campus and military base networks. Users have to have Adobe’s Flash Player 10 installed to access ESPN3 streams.
UnivisionFutbol.com will offer free live streams of all 64 games and doesn’t care about your ISP. There will also be real-time stats and minute-to-minute commentary. Everything will be in Spanish, which should make the goooooooooools even more exciting. Univision also uses Flash to stream all of its video content from the Copa Munidal de la FIFA 2010, so you need Flash Player 10, por favor, to make it work.
How to watch it on your phone:
ESPN Mobile will offer 56 games live on FLO TV, MobiTV, Sprint TV and Verizon V-Cast. AT&T Mobile TV subscribers will get even more, with all 64 games streaming live via dedicated ESPN Mobile TV channels.
Univision Movil will also stream all of its games live to Verizon V-Cast subscribers.
ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup app for the iPhone and iPod touch offers live game scoring in its free version, but no live audio or video. Paying customers can get live audio feeds from the games for $4.99.
Also worth watching:
VEVO will stream the official World Cup opening concert on its site on June 10 starting at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. Pacific. The concert will com to you live from the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa and feature artists like Alicia Keys, John Legend, the Black Eyed Peas, Angelique Kidjo, the Soweto Gospel Choir and others.
The CBS Sports Facebook page will feature videos, photos, blog posts and tweets of NBA star Steve Nash, who apparently likes to geek out on “the beautiful game known internationally as ‘football’ and video production,” as he’s been quoted by the CBS Sports press release.
Mefeedia is aggregating various World Cup footage from around the net on a dedicated page.
We will update this list with other worthwhile links throughout the World Cup.
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