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Thanks to Apple's partnership with ESPN, American cable subscribers with Apple TV can access streaming coverage, highlights and additional content for all 64 FIFA World Cup matches, including this weekend's game between the U.S. and Portugal.

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Live coverage of every World Cup game through July 13 broadcast by ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ABC are available via Apple TV's WatchESPN channel in the United States to subscribers of most cable networks, including AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, Cox, DISH, Google Fiber, Midcontinent Communications, Optimum, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon FiOS TV.

In addition to live streams of each match, Apple TV's WatchESPN section provides access to replays, highlights archives and footage from the tactical cam, providing an overhead viewing perspective.

Apple TV added its WatchESPN channel last June, providing live sports content from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, and ESPN Buzzer Beater/Goal Line to those who already receive ESPN's networks as part of their subscription through affiliated providers.

WatchESPN also includes college football and basketball games, NBA playoffs, the Masters and more, with access to ESPN's massive library of archived games and original shows like E:60, Outside the Lines, SC Featured, Sports Science and others.

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, noted last summer that "HBO GO and WatchESPN are some of the most popular iOS apps and are sure to be huge hits on Apple TV," adding, "We continue to offer Apple TV users great new programming options, combined with access to all of the incredible content they can purchase from the iTunes Store."

June 21, 2014


Outside of the U.S., viewers can access World Cup games via native iOS apps and push the content to Apple TV via AirPlay. This is supported by Univision's native app in Spanish; by BBC iPlayer and iTV apps for UK viewers; Australia's SBS app, Canada's CBC app, Ireland's RT? app and a variety of other regional providers with FIFA World Cup broadcast rights.
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Is this something unique to Apple TV? Or can anyone with access to Watch ESPN app see it?
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Is this something unique to Apple TV? Or can anyone with access to Watch ESPN app see it?

The ESPN app only works if you are paying for HD from one of the cable providers, the ESPN app asks for your user name and password for that, e.g. Comcast Xfinity or Verizon Fios etc. I am assuming this Apple TV access is going to work without any such thing. The way it should be! If it still asks for the user name and password then I am disappointed.

One day we will break free from the cable companies! Meanwhile Netflix Rules.
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post #4 of 46
Or, you can download the Univision app and watch all the games (and highlight reels) for free. If your internet connection can handle it, Airplay to your AppleTV & it will be in HD-ish.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/univision-deportes/id353665650?mt=8


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NBC/Univision are a godsend, as the only terrestrial broadcaster of the World Cup in its entirety in the US of A. The rest of the world enjoys broadcast TV coverage, we get Disney trying to lock it down (95% or so) to cable subscribers only.
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The ESPN app only works if you are paying for HD from one of the cable providers, the ESPN app asks for your user name and password for that, e.g. Comcast Xfinity or Verizon Fios etc. I am assuming this Apple TV access is going to work without any such thing. The way it should be! If it still asks for the user name and password then I am disappointed.

One day we will break free from the cable companies! Meanwhile Netflix Rules.
That's what I was wondering, I know WatchESPN isn't unique to Apple TV. And yes I wish you didn't need a cable subscription. Same for HBO Go!
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You can watch every game live on ESPN3. I just watched yesterday on my laptop (with no cable subscription), and on my friend's roku today (with no cable subscription).

Univision is better if you understand Spanish/don't care about commentary.

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Is this something unique to Apple TV? Or can anyone with access to Watch ESPN app see it?

I've watched quite a few of the games on the Watch ESPN app on my phone.
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This app in appletv doesn't help me watch ESPN w/o my cable sub so who cares? Harder than turning on my twc dvr.
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Or, you can download the Univision app and watch all the games (and highlight reels) for free. If your internet connection can handle it, Airplay to your AppleTV & it will be in HD-ish.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/univision-deportes/id353665650?mt=8

That app does work well! (I couldn't care less about the WC but don't mind sticking it to ESPN or any other broadcaster who requires a TV subscription to access Internet streaming.)

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Good luck USA. Portugal are nothing special without Ronaldo.

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Good luck USA. Portugal are nothing special without Ronaldo.

it will be a hard game but I'd still see Portugal winning
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Does anyone else see how ridiculous this announcement is? "American cable subscribers ... can access" ... if I have CABLE, why do I care about Apple TV! It's the people that DO NOT have cable that would want this ... and still it's not available. Great! Free Chicken for Vegans only!
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Why in the heal would I watch it via my Apple TV if I already have it on my cable box and need a cable subscription in order to watch it?  I would only watch it on my primary TV not a bedroom TV as it starts at 6.. Can anybody explain why this merits a thread?

 
Where's the new Apple TV?
 
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I do not subscribe to television service from my broadband Internet provider (DSL from AT&T), yet I can view World Cup games via WatchESPN apps as well as through a web browser.

 

Note that the game is broadcast live, so if it is 6pm in your area (Eastern Time Zone), it might be 3pm somewhere else (Pacific Time Zone). Note that different individuals might be using the primary household television at any given time, so the ability to watch different content in an alternate location might be quite important.

 

You need to learn that your own personal usage case is not the only exclusive viewing scenario on the planet.

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15 minutes!

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15 minutes!

And it's over.
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And it's over.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

They said in 11 games Portugal has never lost by scoring first and the US has never won in 20 games from being scored on first.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

They said in 11 games Portugal has never lost by scoring first and the US has never won in 20 games from being scored on first.

Ugh, kick a crosser
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15:00 - What a pussy.
23:00 - So close.
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15:00 - What a pussy.
23:00 - So close.

27:42 even closer
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The woman that created Ronaldo topless was a former Miss Bumbum contestant.


edit: I thought Ronaldo wasn't suppose to be playing this game?

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The woman that created Ronaldo topless was a former Miss Bumbum contestant.


edit: I thought Ronaldo wasn't suppose to be playing this game?

I think he received some type of treatment. Isn't his gf like über hot?
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44:00 - Great save by the US!

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I think he received some type of treatment. Isn't his gf like über hot?

Irina Shayk? Sure, I guess, I can see why people would find her very hot. I'm not saying I'd kick her out of bed for eating piroshki but she doesn't do it for me.

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44:00 - Great save by the US!
Irina Shayk? Sure, I guess, I can see why people would find her very hot. I'm not saying I'd kick her out of bed for eating piroshki but she doesn't do it for me.

This doesn’t do it for you?


You know how I know you're gay? lol.gif
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This doesn’t do it for you?
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Now that pic is great. She can photograph very well, and her buttocks looks awesome there but most of the time, to me, she just looks like an average skinny girl with some dark features and light eyes.


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Now that pic is great. She can photograph very well, and her buttocks looks awesome there but most of the time, to me, she just looks like an average skinny girl with some dark features and light eyes.

Few models photograph well all the time. Many will insist on a certain photographer because he/she knows how to get them just right.
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Few models photograph well all the time. Many will insist on a certain photographer because he/she knows how to get them just right.

Who knows what touchups are done after a photo is taken. I think there was an entire South Park episode about it.

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54:50 - HOW WAS THAT MISSED?!?!

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My internet modem crapped out for 2 minutes and I missed the US' goal!

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My internet modem crapped out for 2 minutes and I missed the US' goal!
He froze Portugal's goalie. Great move !
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My internet modem crapped out for 2 minutes and I missed the US' goal!

I missed it too, freaking ice cream truck.
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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL USA
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82:00 - I saw that one! That announcer stated that if the US wins this game it will have been the first time since 1930 that we've won our first two games in a row.

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Fuuuuuuuccccckk. That's how you kick a crosser
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Fuuuuuuuccccckk. That's how you kick a crosser

1) My internet crapped out again for Portugal's 2nd goal. Had to watch it on a replay. Excellent crosser, indeed.

2) Called my ISP and they said there is nothing wrong with my modem or connection and my Apple TV is wired to my AEBS. Dammit Apple!

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1) My internet crapped out again for Portugal's 2nd goal. Had to watch it on a replay. Excellent crosser, indeed.

2) Called my ISP and they said there is nothing wrong with my modem or connection and my Apple TV is wired to my AEBS. Dammit Apple!

Even the announcer called it a "world class kick". What else would you expect from a player that made $80 million in 2013?
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post #37 of 46
Here's a graph of Cristiano Ronaldo's popularity in the US during the game.


Edited by dasanman69 - 6/22/14 at 6:04pm
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Or, you can download the Univision app and watch all the games (and highlight reels) for free. If your internet connection can handle it, Airplay to your AppleTV & it will be in HD-ish.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/univision-deportes/id353665650?mt=8


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NBC/Univision are a godsend, as the only terrestrial broadcaster of the World Cup in its entirety in the US of A. The rest of the world enjoys broadcast TV coverage, we get Disney trying to lock it down (95% or so) to cable subscribers only.

Thanks. The announcers are ridiculously entertaining. Also they play good defensive saves as part of the highlights.
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That last goal was enough to make anyone scream..

 

 

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My internet modem crapped out for 2 minutes and I missed the US' goal!

 

We don't often get it right here in Australia, but the whole WC is live on free to air HD tv which looks great on my rMBP.

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