How and When to Watch the World Cup in the U.S. — T.V. and Online
How can I watch the Opening Ceremony?
The Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo will host the Opening Ceremony, which will be broadcast live in the U.S. on ESPN3 at 2:15 p.m. ET. To catch the action online or on your phone — expect performances from Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and a whole host of samba dancers, capoeira performers and Salvadorean drummers — you can go to WatchESPN.
How can I watch games live?
Viewers in the U.S. can watch every game on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. An entire schedule that shows which game you can find on which channel is available here. Yahoo will have you covered with daily analysis, highlights and news if you are at work or can’t watch for any other reason.
Can I watch all the World Cup action online?
Cable subscribers can watch games and coverage online as a live stream on WatchESPN.com and WatchABC.com, and also from the affiliated smartphone and tablet apps (which can be found here and here, respectively).
Be careful: There are plenty of sites claiming to stream World Cup games for free without a cable subscription. But many of them are fake, and downloading files from those sites may infect your computer with malware. Sticking to ESPN, ABC, or even Univision (for Spanish programming) is the safest way to go. And if you must seek illegal methods, never download any files from those sites, regardless of the free high-definition streams they promise.
When does the tournament start?
Kicking off at 2:15 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST on Thursday, June 12, the Opening Ceremony will highlight the host nation’s culture and diversity. It will be followed by the opening match betweenBrazil and Croatia at 4 p.m. EST/ 1 p.m. PST. ESPN will televise both events.
Where can I find a TV schedule for the World Cup?
The majority of the games will be aired on ESPN and ESPN2. Forty-three of the tournament’s games will be shown on ESPN, while ESPN2 will broadcast 11. The 10 remaining matches can be watched on ABC, including the final. A full schedule with all times and the respective TV channel is available here.
What are some of the must-see games?
Below are some of the most promising group stage games:
Monday, June 16 — noon EST/3p.m. PST — Ghana vs. USA
Tuesday, June 17 — 3 p.m. EST/noon PST — Brazil vs. Mexico
Wednesday, June 18 — 3 p.m. EST/noon PST — Spain vs. Chile
Thursday, June 19 — noon EST/9 a.m. — Colombia vs. Ivory Coast
Thursday, June 19 — 3 p.m. EST/noon PST — Uruguay vs. England
Friday June 20 — 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST — Switzerland vs. France
Sunday, June 22 —12:00 p.m. EST/9:00 a.m. PST — Belgium vs. Russia
Monday, June 23 — 3 p.m. EST/9:00 a.m. PST — Netherlands vs. Chile
Monday, June 23—4 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. PST — Croatia vs. Mexico
Tuesday, June 24 — 12 p.m. EST/9 a.m. — Italy vs. Uruguay
Thursday, June. 26 — 12:00 p.m. EST/9:00 a.m. PST — USA vs. Germany
[Related: See the full schedule here]
The knock-out phase will feature many games that should not be missed.