Six Billion Reasons the World Cup is Hot
Posted on: June 20, 2014
Six Billion Reasons the World Cup is Hot

In other words, the World Cup is the Hottest Tournament in the World!

Nearly six billion viewing screens ranging from TVs to tablets, PCs, and mobile phones can access the 2014 World Cup, making it the most available live sporting event in the history of televised World Cup competition.  According to the media research firm Ovum, the combined reach of broadcast TV and streaming options now make the matches available on up to 5.9 billion screens worldwide. Alternative access on PCs, tablets and smartphones account for 57% of those screens.

Based on the total viewing numbers for the matches played so far in World Cup Group Play, fans are taking full advantage of all the many viewing options made available by Bright House Networks and other providers.  For example, the June 16 match in which the U.S. beat Ghana 2-1 was seen by 11.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched men’s soccer game in ESPN history.  The Orlando area served by Bright House Networks recorded the eighth highest viewing numbers among ESPN’s top TV markets.

From the first round until the final, Bright House Networks is offering World Cup soccer fans a chance to see every game, wherever they are when it’s played. The tournament kicked off June 12 and is now in full swing, culminating with the championship game July 13 in Rio de Janeiro. All 64 matches of the FIFA World Cup from Brazil are being broadcast live on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 in English and on Univision in Spanish. In addition, ESPN Deportes is making 54 games available in Portuguese, and offering live streaming options through WatchESPN for another 10 games.

For fans on the go, the Bright House Networks TV Everywhere service is delivering every game in English, Spanish and Portuguese. For English and Portuguese, all  live-streamed games are accessible via the WatchESPN app over the Internet, as well as mobile platforms, devices and Internet video services including iOS, Android, Windows 8, Kindle Fire, Xbox 360/One, Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV. All that’s required to stream the games is for users to have ESPN on their cable TV service, and then log in using their Bright House My Services credential. In Spanish, the World Cup’s 64 matches are also available live on the Univision Deportes app — available for PCs and iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. The Univision Deportes app also allows fans to view highlights and other content, receive personalized alerts, and access match schedules, results and other content. The first two rounds of World Cup action are available free for anyone to watch on the Univision Deportes App.  Starting July 4 with the quarterfinals through the July 13 final, users must have Univision Deportes on their Bright House Networks cable TV service and log in using their Bright House My Services credentials in order to stream the games.

And when you want to replay a favorite match, Bright House Networks is offering the action through its On Demand service.  For English, all 64 games will be available on Sports & Fitness On Demand in SD and HD (individual games will be available for 1 week). Spanish-language versions of all 64 games will be available on Lo Mejor On Demand in SD and HD (individual games will be available for 1 week).

Have you kept up with World Cup games using both TVs and mobile devices?

Friday, June 20

12 p.m.: Italy vs. Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

3 p.m.: Switzerland vs. France at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

6 p.m.: Honduras vs. Ecuador at Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Saturday, June 21

12 p.m.: Argentina vs. Iran at Estádio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

3 p.m.: Germany vs. Ghana at Estádio Castelao, Fortaleza (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

6 p.m.: Nigeria vs. Bosnia Herzegovina at Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Sunday, June 22

12 p.m.: Belgium vs. Russia at Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (ABC; Univision/UDN)

3 p.m.: South Korea vs. Algeria at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (ABC; Univision/UDN)

6 p.m.: United States vs. Portugal at Arena Amazonia, Manaus (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Monday, June 23

12 p.m.: Netherlands vs. Chile at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo (ESPN2; Univision/UDN)

12 p.m.: Australia vs. Spain at Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (ESPN; UniMás/Galavisión)

4 p.m.: Croatia vs. Mexico at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

4 p.m.: Cameroon vs. Brazil at Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia (ESPN2; UniMás/Galavisión)

Tuesday, June 24

12 p.m.: Italy vs. Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas, Natal (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

12 p.m.: Costa Rica vs. England at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte (ESPN2; UniMás/Galavisión)

4 p.m.: Japan vs. Colombia at Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

4 p.m.: Greece vs. Ivory Coast at Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza (ESPN2; UniMás/Galavisión)

Wednesday, June 25

12 p.m.: Nigeria vs. Argentina at Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

12 p.m.: Bosnia Herzegovina vs. Iran at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (ESPN2; UniMás/Galavisión)

4 p.m.: Ecuador vs. France at Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (ESPN2; Univision/UDN)

4 p.m.: Honduras vs. Switzerland at Arena Amazonia, Manaus (ESPN; UniMás/Galavisión)

Thursday, June 26

12 p.m.: United States vs. Germany at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

12 p.m.: Portugal vs. Ghana at Estádio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia (ESPN2; UniMás/Galavisión)

4 p.m.: South Korea vs. Belgium at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

4 p.m.: Algeria vs. Russia at Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (ESPN2; UniMás/Galavisión)

Round of 16

Saturday, June 28

12 p.m.: 1A vs. 2B at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte (ABC; Univision/UDN)

4 p.m.: 1C vs. 2D at Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (ABC; Univision/UDN)

Sunday, June 29

12 p.m.: 1B vs. 2A at Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

4 p.m.: 1D vs. 2C at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Monday, June 30

12 p.m.: 1E vs. 2F at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

4 p.m.: 1G vs. 2H at Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Tuesday, July 1

12 p.m.: 1F vs. 2E at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

4 p.m.: 1H vs. 2G at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Quarterfinals

Friday, July 4

12 p.m.: Round of 16 winners at Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (ESPN2; Univision/UDN)

4 p.m.: Round of 16 winners at Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Saturday, July 5

12 p.m.: Round of 16 winners at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia (ABC; Univision/UDN)

4 p.m. Round of 16 winners at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Semifinals

Tuesday, July 8

4 p.m.: Quarterfinal winners at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Wednesday, July 9

4 p.m.: Quarterfinal winners at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Third-Place Game

Saturday, July 12

4 p.m.: Semifinal losers at Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia (ESPN; Univision/UDN)

Final

Sunday, July 13

4 p.m.: Semifinal winners at Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (ABC; Univision/UDN)

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