With the World Cup soccer tournament around the corner,
The Walt Disney Company
) ESPN recently announced that it will cover all 64 matches live,
making it the channel's 8th such telecast in a row.
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The tournament will take place from Jun 12 to Jul 13 in Brazil.
Each game covered by ESPN, ESPN2, ABC News and ESPN Deportes will
be accessible through the WatchESPN and ESPN3 services on
computers, tablets, connected-TV devices, gaming consoles and
While the live stream will be available on computers at
WatchESPN.com, it will be accessible via the famous WatchESPN app
on tablets and smartphones. On televisions, the game will be
streamed via Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Xbox (only for
Xbox Live Gold members).
Additionally, the cable network will provide all live telecasts
in various languages, other than English and Spanish on its
multi-screen sports channel, ESPN3 Surround. In addition, ESPN3
Surround will broadcast the games from two different angles,
facilitated by real-time highlight reels and tactical cameras.
Moreover, all breaking news, commentaries, highlights and
discussions regarding the FIFA World Cup will be found on
ESPNFC.com's modified version, which will be launched towards the
end of May 2014. Also, the latest ESPN FC app will be compatible
with Android and
) devices, and will include a segment exclusively focused for
this month-long sporting event.
Alongside, ABC News will work with the channel to cover the game
and provide updates on ABC News Digital and ABC News Radio. All
telecasts covered by the news channel will also be up-for-viewing
on the WatchABC app in certain markets via an affiliated source.
By live-streaming one of the biggest tournaments that comes after
a wait of four years, Disney's ESPN is likely to garner
significant profits through significant advertising revenues and
gain further popularity in the television and digital world.
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