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Review: Mobile Apps for Watching the World Cup

Review: Mobile Apps for Watching the World Cup
By Jonathan Fahey

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New viewing options will allow you to watch more World Cup games than ever before. In the U.S., all of the matches are available online through the World Cup's official television networks. For English-language coverage, that's Disney-owned networks ABC and ESPN through the WatchESPN website and app. WatchESPN offers replays of every match.
 


World Cup games typically don't line up well with the North American workweek, often taking place when you should be in bed or at work. As much as it's fun to go to a bar then, I appreciate having more options for watching games online this time around. Think about it: The first iPad came out just two months before the start of the last World Cup, in 2010. I had neither a smartphone nor a tablet then. Now I have both.

In the U.S., all of the matches are available online through the World Cup's official television networks. For English-language coverage, that's Disney-owned networks ABC and ESPN through the WatchESPN website and app. For the Spanish broadcast, it's Univision's website and Deportes app.

To access the games on WatchESPN, you must have a cable or satellite TV subscription with a participating provider -- DirecTV is notably missing. You must already get the ESPN channel as part of the package, and you'll have to enter your username and password from the pay-TV provider. Univision Deportes is showing the first 56 games for free. The rest of the games, starting with the quarterfinals, will also require a pay-TV subscription.

Unfortunately, you don't have the option to simply pay for online streaming, the way you can in some other countries. You're also blocked from those foreign streaming sites, just as ESPN and Univision is restricted to U.S. viewers.

Both apps streamed the games smoothly and clearly. I found the picture quality terrific on an iPhone 5, an iPad, a Nexus 7 Android tablet and a 5-year-old MacBook Pro laptop. With both ESPN and Univision, I was getting the same feed I would have gotten on television, though with a delay of about a minute because of how streaming technology works.

This has changed things for me, for better -- and for worse.

During the 2010 World Cup, I left the office with two co-workers just before 10 a.m. because we had to watch the U.S. play Algeria in a do-or-die game. In the waning seconds of the tense, scoreless match, the U.S. star Landon Donovan knocked in a goal that sent the U.S. into the next stage of the tournament. The bar erupted; strangers high-fived each other and even threw a few hugs around. It was simply impossible to avoid having another beer, though it wasn't quite noon.

Last Thursday, I watched the opening game between Brazil and Croatia, partly on my iPhone, partly on my iPad as I picked up the kids on the way home. I watched Friday's mid-day game between Mexico and Cameroon on the Android tablet at my desk. (continued...)

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Posted: 2014-06-23 @ 8:37am PT
For everyone out there that can't watch the games live DVR is an amazing thing and you can send yourself reminders for important games to record with Text Timer. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.abma.texttimer



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