Streaming the World Cup

 


Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro (Getty Images)

All 64 matches of the World Cup will be broadcast live in English on ABC (10 games, including the final), ESPN (43)and ESPN2 (11) or in Spanish on Univision. Read the full TV schedule here. All matches are listed in Eastern time.

But what if you’re not in front of a TV? Read on. (And don’t forget to follow along with our World Cup live blog!)

Online
Here is how to stream World Cup matches on your computer, laptop, tablet or phone.

Univision will stream the first two rounds of the tournament for free, online or through its Deportes app for smartphones and tablets. Then, from the quarterfinals (July 4) through the finals, you will need a cable TV subscription and a password to log in and stream. The broadcasts are in Spanish.
Stream on your computer here
Download for Apple here
Download for Android here

ESPN will stream 53 matches online and on smartphones, tablets and through a variety of web streaming tools through WatchESPN. Unlike Univision, you need need a cable TV subscription and a password to log in and stream all of the matches it has the rights to broadcast. Here is a list of participating providers. The broadcasts are in English.
Stream on your computer here
Download for Apple here
Download for Android here
Download for Windows 8 here
Download for Amazon Fire here
Learn more about WatchESPN for Chromecast here
Learn more about WatchESPN for Roku here
Learn more about WatchESPN for 
XBox One and ESPN 360 here

The not-so-legal online option
The BBC and ITV will be sharing broadcast rights for every game on television and online. But because they are based on Britain, both those streams are blocked in the United States.

You can try Hola, a free web plugin that essentially tricks Web sites into thinking you are located somewhere other than the good ol’ U.S.A. It’s notoriously slow, but it works. You can also pay for a $5 premium membership. It may be worth it, since the Cup only lasts a month.
Download for Windows 8, Android, Chrome, Firefox and more here.

If you’re outside of the United States, try LiveSoccer to find out which television network in your area is broadcasting a game. It’s an exhaustive listing.

Calendar
If you’re like me, your Google and Outlook calendar rule your life. Another way to make sure you never miss a game is to have every single matchup synced there. Reddit users have created XML, ICS and HTML versions you can download here.

Happy viewing!

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Margaret Ely is a digital editor for Lifestyle. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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