News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED
Let an ISACA® certification elevate your career.
Register today and save
You are here: Home / Cloud Computing / Review: World Cup Mobile Apps
DDoS Protection Powered By Verisign
Review: Mobile Apps for Watching the World Cup
Review: Mobile Apps for Watching the World Cup
By Jonathan Fahey Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
JUNE
21
2014



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...)

1  |  2  |  Next Page >



© 2014 Canadian Press DataFile under contract with NewsEdge. All rights reserved.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Misty:

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

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.
MORE IN CLOUD COMPUTING
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Russian Gang with Stolen IDs Hacks Hosting Company
In August, a Russian cyber gang obtained what researchers called “the largest cache of stolen data." Now, those hackers may be putting their ill-gotten gains to criminal use.
 
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Known for its hot fries and soft-serve ice cream, Dairy Queen just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's New FX Series CPU Breaks Processing Speed Record
The new FX-8370 processor from Advanced Micro Devices has set a record for silicon processor speed, the company announced. Overclocked, the eight-core chip was measured at 8722.78 MHz.
 
Intel Intros Lightning-Fast PC Processors
Call it extreme. Intel just took the covers off its first-ever eight-core desktop processor, which is aimed at hardcore power users who expect more than the status quo from their computers.
 
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Data Center Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Rumor Mill Puts Mobile Wallet in iPhone 6
Apple is moving toward the mobile wallet world with its next iPhone. The tech giant has partnered with retailers, banks and major payment networks to make it happen, according to Bloomberg.
 
Will iPhone Finally Catch Up with NFC Mobile Payment Ability?
Apple's latest version of the iPhone may have a mobile wallet to pay for purchases with a tap of the phone. The iPhone 6 reportedly is equipped with near-field communication (NFC) technology.
 
Visual Search To Shop: Gimmick or Game Changing?
Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech | Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.