The biggest football celebration is coming, and the world of technology has reacted accordingly. So how can you screen the World Cup in high quality over the Internet? Here is a complete guide.
This week celebrations will kickoff on TV sets across the globe with football fans all geared up for the World Cup. Originally, most of the games were to be broadcast on a free channel in HD quality but not everybody has access to it given local and regional broadcasting policy. In light of this Geektime felt compelled to look for alternatives ways to watch football free over the Internet.
SopCast – like Popcorn Time, just for TV channels
One of these alternatives is called SopCast – a free app that allows users to watch a variety of channels from around the world, free. These channels, in most cases are populated by content recorded by individual users and transmitted live via P2P protocol, like BitTorrent, and it could very well be that some channels are broadcast by users who paid for the channel. Anyway, Geektime takes no responsibility for such content and does not encourage copyright infringement or watching free channels that originally require payment for viewing.
There are many sites dealing with content aggregation based on SopCast. For sports fans, particularly of football, one site that has been around for many years is called Wiziwig and incorporates all the latest sports broadcasts from around the world. Whether it’s sports like football, basketball, hockey or tennis, the site has become my favorite for watching sports events in high quality, mostly for events not available to view in my local region; NBA, tennis, and even hockey and American football.
So how do you start watching?
Well, the first thing you have to do is download the app through the official website of SopCast. Currently, SopCast is available for download for Windows, Mac OSX, Linux and Android. Once you have downloaded the app, open it and you will see a list of channels that come with the default app. At this point, you will find a variety of channels mostly Chinese, but also other popular channels from various countries around the world. For example, here is a screenshot from Fox TV:
But, getting back to World Cup Football! Fortunately, live broadcasts of sporting events from around the world are on nearly all the time, so let’s go and look at the Wiziwig site for sports broadcasts. Once you reached the Wiziwig home page, move to the Live Sports tab.
After signing in to Live Sports, you will see the range of live broadcasts at that time. For example, at the time of this writing, we were able to see that there are some live broadcasts of tennis games. On the table you will see the event name, start and end time of the event, the competition name and the teams. To go to the broadcasts, all you have to do is click on the Live button:
Because we love to watch Roland Gross, let’s choose the third option – the Grand Slam, May 27. As you can see, these are the number of games that are broadcasted in a sequence, so the broadcast time starts on the 12th (local time) and ends at 22:30 (local time). The next page will have all the viewing options for the event, which include other protocols such as Transmission RTSP, HTTP transmission standard, broadcast AceStream, SopCast transmission protocols and many more. Select one of the broadcasts preceded by SopCast (make sure the application is open on our computer) and press the Play Now:
During the broadcast loading (and it will take a while to load), we will explain why we chose to drop this broadcast. Timetables shown in the screenshot above are very high quality broadcasts, transmitted at a very high Bitrate of 2000 Kbps and above. To view these broadcasts, you must obtain a very fast internet connection (at least 15 MB). There are other sites that show at a lower bitrate, but their quality is lower and they look less sharp on large TV screens. Anyway, we caught the channel Eurosport HD with commentary in Russian and some advertisement for race cars:
It is difficult to see in the screenshot, but already 26 percent of the very high quality transmission is loaded. If you want to see the broadcast via smartphone, we recommend selecting the broadcast in lower quality, appropriate screen size and Internet connection are at your disposal, but if you want to watch World Cup games and screen the broadcasts on the big screen TV or even through the projector – Choose a location where internet is extremely fast with a Bitrate of 1200 Kbps or more. Anyway, when the time comes (June 12) do not forget there is a way to watch free broadcasts in high quality. Good Luck!
Photo credit: BARCELONA – SEPTEMBER 13: Lionel Messi (R) of FCB in action at the Champions League match FC Barcelona and Between AC Milan 2 – 2, on September 13, 2011, in Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain. / Shutterstock.com