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How To Watch 2014 FIFA World Cup Online?

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is the mega sporting event of the year. The month long football madness kicks off on 12th June’2014 when the host country Brazil would face Croatia and culminates on 13th July’2014 in Rio de Janeiro where the World Cup winner would be decided. The World Cup is coming back to South America after almost 36 years and all the previous World Cup winning teams have qualified for the event. The current champion Spain would be keen to defend its title but history suggests that the overall winner could be from the South American continent. This article will show you how to watch the 2014 World Cup Online.

FIFA World Cup Broadcasting

The FIFA World Cup is going to be one of the most watched sporting events of 2014. The 2010 edition of the World Cup saw record audiences and the upcoming event is expected to break those records. Here is a list of official broadcasting partners for World Cup 2014 for the major countries of the world:

United States – ESPN, ABC, Univision
United Kingdom – BBC, iTV
Australia – SBS
Belgium – VRT, RTBF
Brazil – Rede Globo, SporTV, Rede Bandeirantes, ESPN Brasil, BandSports, FOX Sports
Canada – CBC, TVA, Sportsnet
Chile – TVN, DirecTV, Canal 13, Movistar
Czech Republic – CT
Denmark – TV 2, DR
Finland – Yle
France – beIN Sports, TF1
Germany – ARD, ZDF
Hong Kong – TVB
Hungary – MTV
Iceland – RUV
Ireland – RTE
Israel – IBA
Italy – RAI, Sky Italia
Japan – Nippon Television, TV Asahi, TBS, TV Tokyo
South Korea – SBS
Malaysia – RTM, Astro
Mexico – Televisa, Cinépolis, TV Azteca
Middle East – beIN Sports
Netherlands – NOS
New Zealand – Sky Sport, TVNZ
Norway – TV 2, NRK
Poland – TVP
Portugal – RTP, SportTV, CMTV
Romania – TVR
Russia – VGTRK, Pervyi Kanal
Singapore – Mio TV
Spain – Gol Televisión, Mediaset España
Sweden – SVT, TV4
Switzerland – SRG SSR

2014 FIFA World Cup – How To Watch The Event Online?

Apart from watching FIFA World Cup on TV, you can also stream the matches live on your smartphones, tablets, laptops and gaming consoles. Most of the broadcasters listed above would be providing live feeds of the matches through their official portals and some of them would even set up dedicated websites to show the matches and highlights online. However, you need to keep in mind that the online feeds made available by the official broadcasting partners would be visible only to local people. For instance, the live feeds provided by ESPN, ABC and FOX Soccer 2Go can be seen only by the US audiences, the BBC and iTV feeds would be visible only to those who are from UK and so on and so forth. If you are in Europe, you can also stream the matches directly from the FIFA website.

If you want to catch the World Cup action from a location where the official online feeds are not available then you can watch the streaming feeds provided by the third parties. However, since the third party feeds are accessed by thousands of people at the same time, they are not able to deliver the speed and quality that is available through the official websites.

For those who do not want to compromise on quality, there is another way of accessing the official Word Cup feeds from any location in the world. The method involves subscribing to an IP changing solution like a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and changing your IP address to an IP that would be acceptable to the official broadcasting websites. Since content providers like ESPN, ABC, BBC and iTV rely on IP addresses of the visitors to determine their location, you can easily access the feeds available on these websites by switching to an American or UK IP address. If you are a tourist, expat, frequent flier or student then using a VPN is one of the easiest ways to catch the FIFA World Cup action in its full glory.

Here are some of the VPN Services that we recommend for unlocking official World Cup feeds:

March 30, 2014

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