On a special note: Beware of World Cup Online Scams
As the FIFA World Cup 2006 has gotten underway, we have witnessed an explosion of sites that claim to show the World Cup online for a nominal fee. Buyer beware:
these sites could be a scam. To read more and to see a list of sites that may fall into that category, go to our blog or click here
Some people will be lucky enough to watch the FIFA World Cup 2006 online and live. Here's what we've dug up... ESPN360
ESPN360 will be broadcasting all 52 matches of the FIFA World Cup 2006 online. Online viewers will see the same World Cup feed as television audiences, including sponsor messages and commercials. The games are scheduled from June 9th through July 9th and are televised from Germany. ESPN360 is free but only available through certain high speed Internet service providers such as Adelphia Communications Corp., Bend Broadband, Charter Communications Inc., Grande Communications, Mediacom Communications, Mid-Hudson Cablevision, Susquehanna Communications, US Cable, and Verizon Communications Inc., among others. Check to see if your ISP provider is an affiliate. BBC Sport
The BBC will stream all of its FIFA World Cup 2006 football matches live on the Internet via the BBC Sport website. The service is only available to UK broadband users and viewers can espect to see the same coverage as terrestrial viewing. This will be the largest event the BBC has attempted to broadcast over the Internet before. Rogers Yahoo!
Rogers Yahoo! customers in Canada will be happy to know that they too can tune into the 2006 FIFA World Cup action online. The Rogers Yahoo! Video Player will provide users with non-stop quality highlights from the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The site claims to have "near-live" video highlights when the games begin. On a side note, Rogers Wireless will also be offering video and text highlights via phone. Globo
Brazil's TV Globo has obtained territory rights to deliver live streaming video converage of the world's most watch sporting event, the 2006 World Cup soccer tournament in Germany. Beginning June 9, all 64 matches will be streamed live through the GloboEsporte.com web portal. GloboEsporte.com has deployed Quova Media for its digital rights management. Quova Media will ensure that GloboEsporte.com's World Cup coverage will be accessible to online viewers only in Brazil. Subscribers can expect to pay a one-time fee between 7.90 reals (US$3.43; 2,69€) to 14.90 reals (US$6.40; 5,02€) for the entire tournament, depending on the user's connection speed. Sohu.com
Sohu.com and SMGBB.cn have joined together to provide the FIFA World Cup 2006 online video content in China. SMGBB.cn has been granted first ever exclusive authorization from FIFA to provide broadband Internet TV content of the World Cup 2006 event in mainland China and has selected Sohu.com as its exclusive portal partner. Sohu.com will work closely with SMGBB.cn to deliver World Cup broadband Internet video and photos to Chinese Internet users and football fans. Univision Online
Univision Online has the exclusive U.S. rights to show 2006 FIFA World Cup Spanish-language, near-live video highlights for online and wireless. Hispanic soccer fans in the U.S. will have the opportunity to follow all 64 matches. Univision includes a one-of-a-kind video epicenter. Fans will be able to view free, near-live FIFA World Cup video highlights of the tournament from each of the 64 matches. Even more FIFA World Cup video coverage will be available through a broadband subscription package offering unlimited access for only $9.95.