ESPN Will Live-Stream All 64 Matches of the 2014 World Cup

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Sports cabler also will launch ESPN FC app and redesigned soccer website for global tourney

ESPN is storming the digital field for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer, with a playbook that includes live-streaming all 64 matches of the soccer tourney to most U.S. pay-TV subs across multiple devices.


During the World Cup, to run from June 12 to July 13, live coverage of every game from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ABC will be available via the WatchESPN and ESPN3 authentication services on computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected-TV devices. The sports cabler also will carry live telecasts in multiple languages and provide alternate camera angles in ESPN3 Surround. In addition, it’s launching a redesigned version of its ESPN FC website for soccer fans and will debut a new free ESPN FC app with news, scores, highlights and commentary.

“All sports fans will come together for the World Cup in Brazil, and there’s no better time — and no greater opportunity — to connect fans globally across ESPN digital media than now,” said John Kosner, executive vice president, ESPN Digital and Print Media.

The WatchESPN and ESPN3 digital-video services are available more than 92 million U.S. households through an affiliated pay-TV or Internet service provider. DirecTV is the biggest operator that does not currently offer access to ESPN’s TV Everywhere suite. All 10 ABC telecasts also will be accessible via WatchABC in select markets through an affiliated provider.

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The World Cup matches are accessible online at, on iOS and Android smartphone and tablets apps, and streamed on televisions through Xbox (for Xbox Live Gold members), Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

ESPN3 Surround will also present companion-viewing experiences for all 64 telecasts in multiple languages, including Portuguese (also available via ESPN Deportes+) and Korean. The ESPN3 Surround coverage also will deliver two alternate camera feeds for every telecast, from tactical cams that provide a high and wide view of the pitch, and real-time highlight reels that will update as big moments happen during every live match.

In the weeks leading up to the FIFA World Cup, ESPN3 Surround will also deliver tactical-cam and fan-cam feeds for three international friendlies featuring the U.S. Men’s National Team: USA vs. Azerbaijan at 10 p.m. ET on May 27, USA vs. Turkey at 2 p.m. on June 1 and USA vs. Nigeria at 6 p.m. on June 7.

In another digital play leading up to the World Cup, a newly redesigned version of will debut later this month, with breaking news, highlights, commentary, discussion and debate, optimized to be a “mobile-first” destination with features for smartphones and tablets.

In addition, the new ESPN FC app, to be available for iOS and Android smartphones, will serve news, info and highlights to soccer fans with the same user experience as the SportsCenter app. The ESPN FC app, available in both English and Spanish, will feature a dedicated 2014 FIFA World Cup section that will be the default launch page beginning later this month. In the U.S., the app will debut in-progress clips for the World Cup, and goal highlights will be marked on a timeline for each match in real time. Worldwide, the app will offer access to ESPN FC studio coverage and commentary video.

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  1. Ricky says:

    There are good ways to Watch The 2014 World Cup Live on your computer i have listed some that you can check on my blog there are many more but this are the most common for people that are living in countries with no live streaming.

  2. Jimmy Andy says:

    FIFA Worldcup 2014 live here it provide crystal clear HD video and smooth clear sound so stay tune and enjoy the match here is live stream tv

  3. Why would you promote ESPN as they profit from everythinbg sports?Generally when these vultures broadcast games they are available ONLY to cable\satellite subscribers, and of course ESPN charges more than any other network to the cable\satellite providers( by some estimates accounting for 20% of a typical customers’ monthly bill). One would think that you have published good news, but in reality THIS IS BAD NEW FOR SPORTS FANS! Much like the recent March Madness Tourny, when ESPN had a virtual monopoly on the broadcast, making it impossible to see outside of their pay-TV syndicate. Might wanna be a little less blatant with shameless plugs for very large and exploitive businesses, or at least put them in some come kind of context….

  4. moshepop says:

    Univision will also be streaming all games, of course in spanish, would be nice an article covering them as well, and the competition that for sure will be ensuing to capture the bilingual audience. The narration style between both is known to be starkly different, Latin Americans providing a much more dynamic emotional storyline. Anglos a more controlled one. Latinos often can’t believe how restrained english narrators are when calling out a goal. Regardless, I’ll be watching both, ESPN and Univision, but guess I will stick with Univision if ESPN maintains their restrained approach.

  5. loyalwinborn says:

    America has a huge soccer following. The MLS sells out many stadiums every week, many of us have MLS TV subscriptions. Main stream media does not embrace it as much as other sports, but the fans have. From teams like Portland, Seattle, Kansas City, and more, they have great stadiums that are full and international stars in every team in the MLS. The world cup has never been a sport American Men have done very well in so far, but each time, we bring a slightly better team and they keep improving. I and many people I know will be watching on any media we can get. I play it in my college classroom for my students on XM radio while we work computer labs in summer classes. I can’t afford to go to Brazil, or I would, so watching and cheering is the best I can do.

  6. glassJAWfan says:

    This should increase the number of Americans that follow the World Cup, for sure! Wonder if this has to do with some Americans also being hesitant to learning to speak Portuguese and going to Brazil to watch it live? Hope they don’t let Skip Bayless ruin the World Cup now with his terrible opinions!

  7. It would be amazing if ESPN gives online streaming of the matches since other sites donot support hd streaming. Looking forward to world cup.

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