The 2014 FIFA World Cup has arrived!  Whether you like it or loathe it, for the next month it will be the subject on most peoples’ lips.  There are more ways than ever to watch the World Cup, you don’t just have to watch it at the bar! Here is a quick guide to using your tech to get the best out of the beautiful game.

TV

The World Cup, is always shown on terrestrial channels.  This means that all the games are shown on one of free network channels. In other words, you don’t need to sign up to Sky Sports for a month. In the UK the group games have already been split up between BBC and ITV. The 2014 World Cup final will be shown on both BBC One and ITV on July 13th at 8pm.

With the interactive Red Button, BBC’s coverage will be the most comprehensive. They have daily news round-ups and video features galore. With the interactive service you can have the option of picking alternative commentary teams.

How to Use Your Tech To Get The Best From FIFA World Cup 2014

 

Computer

Both the BBC’s iPlayer and ITV’s version of the catch up service, ITV Player, are available to watch on your PC.  Both services offering live streaming, so you’ll be able to catch a game on your desktop or laptop. Sky Go customers can stream ITV’s matches to their laptops also.  If you just want to see who’s playing next and get a quick update on scores, just type into Google ‘fifa world cup’ and viola! instant info.

Games Consoles

Microsoft has just launched its OneGuide TV integration feature for the xBox One.  There is a Destination Brazil World Cup-themed dashboard page and Brazil Now snap app.  With Brazil Now, you can snap real-time stat-tracking information onto your screen, as well as getting commentary from Twitter.

The Xbox One does not have iPlayer catch-up options though, but you will be able to live stream the BBC’s games through iPlayer on the PS4, PS3 and Xbox One. The PS3 also has ITV’s ITV Player app.  If you have a PS4, then I recommend getting the BBC Sport app, it will live stream the BBC’s matches.

Smart Phone/Tablet

The best thing to stream the live matches on a mobile device, whether that be either iOS, Android, Windows Phone is to use the BBC iPlayer or ITV Player apps.

For iOS devices, use BBC iPlayer  or ITV Player.  Android can head over to the Play Store for iPlayer and ITV Player.  Windows Phone users can download their version of iPlayer from the Windowsphone Store as with ITV Player.

So there you have it.  A quick round up of how to follow the greatest game on earth with the tech you use everyday.

As always, if you would like to leave a sensible comment regarding this how to, then please do so in the comments section below.

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