Excited about this summer’s global soccer tournament but aren’t sure how you can watch – or keep up! – with all of the games? Have no fear, our friends at Lifehacker put together this great guide on how to stream the games, and we’re here to help you find the products you need to get your soccer fix.
If you’re a cable subscriber, ESPN is streaming all of the soccer matches online via its WatchESPN website and WatchESPN apps for tablets, smartphones and set-top boxes, like Apple TV, Roku 3 and Google Chromecast. If you aren’t a cable subscriber, you’ll need to borrow a friend’s credentials for their cable account.
If you don’t already have a streaming set-top box, we recommend the following products – all of which can be found at your neighborhood RadioShack store.
The new Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) allows you to stream over 1,000 channels, like Netflix, HBO Go, WatchESPN and YouTube, instantly to your TV. Setup is easy and you can control the device with the included remote or from your smartphone or tablet with the free Roku iOS or Android app.
Chromecast is a compact, thumb-sized streaming media device that plugs directly into the HDMI port on your TV or audio/video receiver, instantly streaming Netflix, YouTube, WatchESPN, Chrome and more. Setup is simple and Chromecast already works with most of the devices you own, including Android phones and tablets, iPhones and iPads and Chrome for Mac and Chrome for Windows, so there’s no need for any extra remotes.
With Apple TV, you can wirelessly stream video, photos and music from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your TV. You can also choose from thousands of current and classic movies and TV shows on iTunes and access content from Netflix, ABC GO, WatchESPN, YouTube, Pandora, Vimeo and more. The device only requires a single HDMI cable for both audio and video, so set up is simple.
Watching at Home
Of course, if you’re watching along at home, what’s a soccer game without the required tools for cheering? Pick up an Auvio Soundbar from RadioShack and download one of the vuvuzela apps available for iPhone or Android, so you can support your favorite team as loud as you want, from the comfort of your couch!