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In a gift to sports lovers, ESPN has revealed that all the 64 football matches of FIFA world cup would be streamed live via WatchESPN and ESPN3 from Brazil. Obviously, you’ll need a cable subscription to have access to the feeds, but the good news is that, since ESPN has full rights to the tournament in the US, you won’t be subject to any tedious blackout restrictions. ESPN would also provide 24/7 news coverage and expert analysis, as well as second-screen features for smartphones and tablets.
By live streaming the entire tournament, ESPN’s making it really easy for folks to watch the games regardless of where they may be — whether it’s at home or work. The timing of the games would also help with Brazil in a similar time zone as US. For those of you who tuned in to the 2010 South Africa World Cup, this will come as a welcome improvement, as some of those games came on as early as 7:30 AM ET.
If you have a device with the WatchESPN or WatchABC apps, you should have no trouble watching your favorite national team, both live and on-demand, as they try to make a deep run in the tournament. ESPN is also going to have ESPN3 Surround, which will let your smartphone or tablet act as a second screen, allowing you to control different cameras and angles, get an in-stadium perspective and check out real-time highlights, among other interactive tidbits.
If you miss the games, there would be ESPN FC on mobile and desktop, with up-to-the-minute scores and endless news coverage coming out of Brazil. What’s more, the app is available in a number of different languages. On the web, ESPN FC now takes on a more mosaic-style layout, focusing on large images and putting a solid amount of video content at your fingertips. On smartphones and tablets, ESPN FC is based on the same code as the SportsCenter app, meaning that you can expect it to work in a similar fashion. The application is now deeply integrated with WatchESPN, too, so you can quickly jump into a live game right from ESPN FC.