How to watch the World Cup 2010
Five ways to watch, from sports bars to 3D tech
Posted June 8, 2010
Football—it's hands down* the biggest sport in the world.
And, no, we don't mean the type of football that involves pigskins, blind sides and overgrown men in shoulder pads. We're talking about the internationally beloved game that involves actual contact between one's foot and a ball—a game we in America know and sorta-kinda love as soccer.
So with the World Cup nearly upon us, and a "Back to the Future II"-esque future becoming frighteningly realer by the day, we're taking a look at the best way to watch the 2010 Mondial, from low-fi soccer bar viewin' to high-tech cell phone streamin'.
*See what we did there?
1. Get Thee To A Soccer Bar
Sure, you may have found a local bar in your neighborhood that will be showing your favorite World Cup matches in ungodly hours (if you haven't, try LiveSoccerTV.com). But is your local bar official? Find out where you can enjoy a sports bar officially sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Official Bar Program with this interactive map. Learn more here.
2. Home Is Where The DVR Is
Whether you're a die hard fan willing to wake up early (or not sleep at all) to catch every soccer match as it airs live, or are willing to maximize sleepage and DVR everything overnight, you'll need to know when and how you can catch all the games. Luckily, FIFA's created a handy online guide to the World Cup broadcasts—it even converts the game times to your time zone. Gooooaaaaaal! Learn more here.
3. See It In 3D, Minus The 'Tree of Souls' Bologna
See the World Cup the way James Cameron implicitly wants you to see it. Available only in certain test markets and for special events over the last two years, satellite provider DISH Network is finally rolling out its ESPN3D technology for the opening match of the 2010 World Cup, South Africa vs. Mexico. Learn more here.
4. Google Map It!
So you can't afford a ticket to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup? Time to live vicariously. Google sent its crack team (more likely a dude on an adult tricycle with a camera) to create a Google Maps Street View of all the major football stadiums that will be used during the 2010 games. One can only imagine what Google will have up its sleeve in four years... Learn more here.
5. Like It Tiny? Stream It To Your Phone
While there are countless apps that will help you follow the World Cup from your smartphone or laptop, ESPN3.com will be offering 54 of the 64 scheduled games for live streaming from their site. The only minor hitch: it'll require a high-speed internet connection from "an ESPN3.com affiliated internet service provider." Learn more (and find out if you're eligible) here.
How will you be watching the 2010 World Cup? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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