How to stream World Cup games from around the world
With the 2014 World Cup final kicking off this Sunday, it’s time to figure out where you’ll be taking in all the action. If you’re not headed to the local pub, or don’t get coverage on your TV, you can still watch every match online.
The World Cup is being broadcast on TV in most countries around the world and Wikipedia has a good list of the official broadcaster in each country. Many of these broadcasters have also decided to stream the world cup online and we’ve put together a few of the top streaming locations below so that you don’t miss a match.
Of course, most of the streams mentioned below are region locked. So if you’re not in one of the countries mentioned below or you want to watch another country’s broadcast, you can use an app like TunnelBear to change your location.
Free country streams
National broadcaster SBS has promised that they will be carrying every single match streamed online. Viewers will have their choice of six different user-selectable camera angles for live streaming and replays.
The Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) has the rights to play the world cup on television and on the internet in Canada. You can visit their World Cup page for more details on how to watch live streams and replays for every match.
iTV and BBC in the UK will have complete coverage of every match, starting with the first match England plays against Italy on June 14. Both services will be streaming matches live through their apps and sites.
Tata sky and Sony Liv own the rights to the World Cup in India. Both services will be showing the matches online but they’ll only be available if you have a paid subscription.
While TF1 will have many of the matches, the broadcaster also sold part of their rights to the pay channel beIN Sports. There will be some matches being streamed online but unfortunately, you will need a subscription to access the feeds.
For English language content in the US, ESPN will be showing all the World cup matches streaming on their website as well as through their WatchESPN apps. However, you will need a cable subscription to access their feeds.
For Spanish language content, Univision will stream the first two rounds of the tournament for free. After the quarter finals, you’ll need a cable subscription to continue watching the action.
To get the best results for streaming any of these matches, you’ll need a decent internet connection. Most sites recommend at least a 1.1 Mbps connection to ensure you get a smooth video feed during the match. You can test how fast your internet connection is using a speedtest service.
Let us know if you find any other good links and we’ll add them to our list. Have a great World Cup!