The FIFA World Cup has been a part of our lives since 1930. Since then, every four years, this became virtually the only topic of conversation for a good portion of the year. Until recently, if you wanted to view the games, you would have to tune your television set to your national sports channel (ESPN, for example). This left us with a problem: Whenever there was a situation that needed your attention, you would have to pry your eyes off of your television set to attend to the matters. That’s not the case anymore, though. You can now whip out your tablet or your smartphone and watch the games from there! We’ll show you how.
It takes a ton of resources to pull together an online video stream of 64 different matches to millions of people. This is leading to two things: Many of the sites that said they might broadcast the FIFA World Cup dropped out of this sort-of commitment, and several untrustworthy streaming sites that spread malware around have taken advantage of this “opportunity”.
What I am going to do is walk you through the websites that have an extremely high probability of broadcasting the games, going in order from the most probable to the maybe-ish. Now that we got that out of the way, it’s time to start!
The best place where you can get coverage and live streams of the FIFA World Cup this year may be in ESPN’s highly ambitious project. The broadcaster has taken it upon itself to stream all 64 games live to smartphones, tablets, personal computers, and consoles. If you want to get the stream, you can get the app for Android or iOS.
There’s a problem here, though. If you’re outside the U.S., you won’t be able to install the app. Instead, you’ll have to rely on websites that stream these events for free, which can always be risky. They might not actually stream the games reliably.
2: FIFA 2014 Broadcasting Rights List
To broadcast such a big event on the internet, companies generally have to buy the rights to it. If you want an accurate account of who is going to be broadcasting the content on the internet, your best source is FIFA’s own broadcasting rights list. The PDF can be found here.
To use the broadcasting rights list to find your country’s internet broadcasting availability, just look up your country, and then look at who has an “X” in the “Internet” checkbox on the right. The farthest-right checkbox will be filled for all stations broadcasting online. You can then visit your local station’s website and check out their live stream when the games are scheduled. To see a list of match schedules, just click here. The match times are adjusted for your local time zone.
3: Wiziwig TV
Wiziwig is a long-standing broadcast site for sports. It works by gathering live broadcasters from all different walks of the internet and putting their links in one place. Their FIFA coverage can be found here. I’ve already filtered the results so that the World Cup will be shown in a neat arrangement.
You can’t expect to get 4K coverage of the games as you would from ESPN and there are also tons of advertisement around, but it’s better than not watching anything!
This doesn’t necessarily show you a live stream of games, but the YouTube channel is dedicated to providing general coverage of all FIFA events. I just thought it might be handy to have this. Go ahead and watch its videos here.
There are probably many other online sources that we have not been able to cover. Do let us know if you come across any that is not mentioned here.