In about six hours, the FIFA World Cup 2014 will kick off in Sao Paulo with a massive opening ceremony that will see the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull performing. The ceremony will be followed by the first game between host nation Brazil and Croatia scheduled for 01:30AM IST. The odd timings mean that there is a high chance you will be missing out on watching the live match on the TV. For such situations, here are 10 apps that will help you keep a track of the football tournament.
Sony is the official broadcaster of the World Cup in India and its Liv service is one of the best ways of watching the matches on your smartphone or tablet. For Rs 120 for the entire tournament or Rs 60 for all matches of any one team, you will be able to watch live matches on your smartphone or tablet via the Liv Sports app or on your PC via Sony Liv website.
FIFA official app
FIFA’s official app and YouTube channel is one place where you will find all kinds of stuff related to World Cup 2014. While the official YouTube channel won’t live stream the matches, it will show match highlights, player interviews and classic matches. The app has multimedia content as well like match highlights, in addition to content like real-time scores, news and schedules. You can head over to the App Store or Google Play Store to download the app.
Tata Sky Mobile
This is another handy way of watching the matches if you don’t have access to your television. If you are a Tata Sky subscriber, you can download the mobile app and for Rs 60, you will be able to watch Sony SIX on your smartphone. You can download the app for free from the Google Play Store.
This is a service that will take you back to the old days when a TV wasn’t a household thing. You will be able to listen to live commentary of the matches on TuneIn Radio. The service has programs scheduled for live matches as well as podcasts when there is no live match.
ESPN has completely revamped its website as well as updated its iOS and Android app ahead of the World Cup. When a match is being played, the service will offer live blog, scores, stats and commentary. In between matches, there will be a host of feature and news stories about the teams, players and dedicated writers will give us a first-person view of the atmosphere in Brazil.
This is quite easily one of the most comprehensive sporting apps out there, with dedicated sections to all sports. Football fans are offered live scores and live blogging, which also includes push notifications during important moments in a match. There is a new section on the app dedicated to the football tournament that includes team fixtures, profiles, rankings, statistics and all the latest news. The app is available on the App Store as well as the Google Play Store.
UCWeb’s browser has been given a World Cup special update which gives Android and Windows Phone users easy access to tournament related content. Now you will be able to easily access live scores, text blogging, stats, photos, videos and group updates among others.
Facebook and Twitter World Cup Hubs
Facebook has launched a new hub called ‘Trending World Cup’, which will display live scores, match schedules, real-time posts by one’s friends and favorite football player and teams. There is also a new sharing option called ‘Now watching’ that will be updated according to the ongoing match. So you can share with your friends what match you are watching. The Trending section on the right of the News Feed too will be updated with the latest news about the football tournament. You can check out Facebook’s trending page here.
Twitter too has done something on the same lines by announcing a hub called #WorldCup. As the name suggests, this is one place where you will find all kinds of tweets from journalists, experts, official team accounts, players and more. You will also find live scoreboard, match schedules, images and videos. Twitter has also introduced Hashflags — when you enter the three-letter country code (example #ESP or #ENG), the respective country’s flag will appear as an image right beside it.
Google Now and Google Trends
As expected, Google Now will give you quick access to live scores and match schedules on your smartphones. Not to be left behind, like Twitter and Facebook, Google too has introduced a new page called Google Trends, which will display what people around the world are searching in real-time and also display information about the matches, teams and players. Earlier this month, Google also introduced a way for people to tour the World Cup stadiums using Street View.
Sony SIX YouTube
Sony is the official broadcaster for the World Cup 2014 in India and if for some reason you are not in front of the telly watching the live match, you can head over to the Sony Six YouTube channel. The channel will stream all the matches, albeit a bit delayed. You will be able to watch the matches on the YouTube website, or use the YouTube apps on your smartphones or tablets.