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How to Watch the World Cup Without Cable

WC-2014-BrasilToday marks the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, taking place in Brazil. While it will be an exciting few weeks for soccer fans around the world, there’s one problem: how are you going to watch any of the matches if you made the decision to cut the cord and ditch cable?


Of course, you could hit up a local sports bar. But with 64 total games to be played over the course of the tournament, that’s a lot of time at a pub, away from the comfort of home. (Plus, you’d likely end up spending more on drinks than you would for a month of cable.)


Thankfully, there are a few options to let you still enjoy the matches.


FlatWave Amped: That’s right. Our very own indoor HD antenna can help you watch the game, though you won’t be able to watch all of them. Ten of the games—including the final match—will be syndicated to local ABC affiliates, so using our antenna will help you get a taste.


Univision: Even if you don’t speak Spanish, you’ll still know what’s going on. The Spanish-language broadcaster will stream all 64 games through its website. But note: only the first 56 games will be available to everyone at no cost. The quarterfinals, semifinals and final game are only going to be available to paying customers with cable subscriptions through: AT&T, Bright House, Cox, DirecTV, Dish, Optimum, Time Warner Cable and Verizon. However, depending on your area, you may be able to pick up Univision using one of our antennas, in which case you’ll be able to catch the final eight games.


TuneIn: One last option is the radio. Sure, you won’t be able to see it, but at least you’ll be able to experience the thrill of it in real time. ESPN Radio will broadcast each of the games, which you can listen to through a local affiliate or through TuneIn. This service pulls together all of the broadcasts that go out through ESPN Radio and posts them on its site, which you can also stream through its iOS and Android apps.


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