How to Watch World Cup 2006 Games Streamed Live on the Internet


On Friday morning I was getting ready for work and about to leave my house when I realized that the first game of the world cup had just started between Germany and Costa Rica. I decided to turn on the TV and caught the game just as it was starting. I was able to catch the first 15 minutes which was long enough to watch Germany score their first goal which was quite nice.

On my way to work I was thinking that there had to be a way to watch the games on the internet. I knew that the BBC had the exclusive rights to stream them online and were only doing so in the UK. But I know that with current technology and hoardes people wanting to watch the games there would have to be a method to do so online.

I started my usual morning ritual of getting my coffee and reading my RSS feeds and found this interesting story on Digg. As I read the comments I came across one that mentioned the ability to view the games by using P2P-TV. The post mentioned the names of several sites / software.

So I immediately went into research mode. I found my way to all of the ones mentioned as well as several others. I tried several of them but it quickly became clear that the one I liked the most was SopCast. Main reason being is that most of the other clients and sites were in Chinese which made them difficult to use. SopCast is in English.

After downloading the client, I quickly installed it and tuned in to sports channel CCTV5. Within seconds I was watching the 2nd game between Poland and Ecuador. The stream was great. It was a decent resolution and steady without any pauses or lockups.

Needless to say I was very happy to sneak in some game time while at work. Needless to say, productivity will definitely be a little lower for the next month. Here is a great site with a guide to watch streaming sports including soccer (football) for free to get you started. And there is another good one here.

If you�re interested in any of the other P2P-TV sites and software here they are: TVants, SOPcast, TVkoo, PPlive, PPStream, TVUPlayer, Coolstreaming, QQlive, Feidian, CCIPTV, Pcast, Mysee.

Update 6/14 After reading several more posts on this subject and testing myself. I now also recommend the TVU Player along with Sopcast. The client is also in English and appears to provide a higher resolution image as well as have channels that broadcast in English.

Update 6/21 Several people have been asking about a Mac P2P-TV client. I’m not aware of any but keep in mind that if you are on a Mac that there is a site that has the TVU player embedded so you can watch from a browser. The site is called Viidoo and you can view it here. Sopcast also has an embedded player available on their site here

This Post Has 45 Comments

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for the info nice piece.
    Sopcast worked for me but i did not find any channels running commentry in english :(

    But the action is cool.

    ROBO

  2. I tried TVU player the night before the game.. it worked! but now when morning came, it says “It can’t connect to the network and keeps telling me to restart” you had the same prob?

  3. I tried TVU player the night before the game.. it worked! but now when morning came, it says “It can’t connect to the network and keeps telling me to restart” you had the same prob?

  4. JC…I had the same problem. I couldn’t get either TVU or Sopcast to work this morning. Later I tried again…TVU still didn’t work but Sopcast started working on channel CCTV5. So I guess you just need to bounce between the two when having problems.

    Go Argentina!!!

  5. JC…I had the same problem. I couldn’t get either TVU or Sopcast to work this morning. Later I tried again…TVU still didn’t work but Sopcast started working on channel CCTV5. So I guess you just need to bounce between the two when having problems.

    Go Argentina!!!

  6. Hi there: I’m interested in watch the worl cup live on the internet because I ‘m working when the games are happening. I’ve read all the comments about all the P2P-TV players, but the only thing it’s that I use a MAC plataform.
    Do you know some player that can be used on a MAC plataform ? because non of those posted can be used on a MAC. Please somebody help me.

  7. Hi there: I’m interested in watch the worl cup live on the internet because I ‘m working when the games are happening. I’ve read all the comments about all the P2P-TV players, but the only thing it’s that I use a MAC plataform.
    Do you know some player that can be used on a MAC plataform ? because non of those posted can be used on a MAC. Please somebody help me.

  8. pleas i want that !!!

  9. Please if somebody know a way to watch the world cop on MAC, I will appreciate it.

  10. Please if somebody know a way to watch the world cop on MAC, I will appreciate it.

  11. Watching Soccer is a great pleasure.Especially when u have lots of work at a office and u cant rush home and come back.My experience with these is amazing.

    SOP termed as Streaming over P2P , New innovation in technology indeed.

    Inorder to watch more of this definitely more number of peers are required to transmit the match.

    My opinion in these softwares mentioned above …

    Sopcast is a good software , Negative side : It is slow to connect, Requires more time to connect.Unneccessary login to open the player.When you give an anonymous login to watch for free , Why do u need to register ?.

    TVU Player is a better option according to me , Negative Side :Less number of peers smudges the quality of the broadcast.

  12. Watching Soccer is a great pleasure.Especially when u have lots of work at a office and u cant rush home and come back.My experience with these is amazing.

    SOP termed as Streaming over P2P , New innovation in technology indeed.

    Inorder to watch more of this definitely more number of peers are required to transmit the match.

    My opinion in these softwares mentioned above …

    Sopcast is a good software , Negative side : It is slow to connect, Requires more time to connect.Unneccessary login to open the player.When you give an anonymous login to watch for free , Why do u need to register ?.

    TVU Player is a better option according to me , Negative Side :Less number of peers smudges the quality of the broadcast.

  13. Hi,
    I intalled the sop client and rebooted my PC. I also created a login. Now when I try to login thru teh view it says cannot find server. If I try to login thru the web interface I can log in but the “connection to Sop Network, please wait” message is on forever and I am unable to connect. When I click on a channel it says “Player not initialized”. Does nayone else have the same problem or know of a solution. I want to watch teh Brazil-Japan game going on right now

  14. Hi,
    I intalled the sop client and rebooted my PC. I also created a login. Now when I try to login thru teh view it says cannot find server. If I try to login thru the web interface I can log in but the “connection to Sop Network, please wait” message is on forever and I am unable to connect. When I click on a channel it says “Player not initialized”. Does nayone else have the same problem or know of a solution. I want to watch teh Brazil-Japan game going on right now

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  17. Neither of the Mac sites you linked work. They require the program to be installed.

  18. Neither of the Mac sites you linked work. They require the program to be installed.

  19. PLEEAASSEEE!!! i also need TV for MAC!! cant find it anywhere. Any updates???

  20. PLEEAASSEEE!!! i also need TV for MAC!! cant find it anywhere. Any updates???

  21. I am also using a MAC, and i can’t seem to find any sites that allow me to watch the world cup, without downloading sortware. Please could someone HELP… Much appreciated.

  22. I am also using a MAC, and i can’t seem to find any sites that allow me to watch the world cup, without downloading sortware. Please could someone HELP… Much appreciated.

  23. I am also using a MAC, and i can’t seem to find any sites that allow me to watch the world cup, without downloading sortware. Please could someone HELP… Much appreciated.

  24. Me too! And I am trying to get it in time for the Germany-Argie action today !!!

  25. Me too! And I am trying to get it in time for the Germany-Argie action today !!!

  26. It would be amazing to watch the football semi finals on my computer , cause there is no TV where we are.
    Thanks

  27. It would be amazing to watch the football semi finals on my computer , cause there is no TV where we are.
    Thanks

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  30. please, i also use mac and want to watch tv!!!!!!!!

  31. please, i also use mac and want to watch tv!!!!!!!!

  32. I’ve been using the tvu player and sopcast for PC for sometime now and they seem to work fine.
    I also have a MAC which will be my main computer once I find a way to see live TV on it. This is kinda off topic since I’m intrested in formula1 but still related…
    So far I haven’t found any players that show live feed from the races so if anyone knows a way to view them please post a comment.
    Thanks

  33. I’ve been using the tvu player and sopcast for PC for sometime now and they seem to work fine.
    I also have a MAC which will be my main computer once I find a way to see live TV on it. This is kinda off topic since I’m intrested in formula1 but still related…
    So far I haven’t found any players that show live feed from the races so if anyone knows a way to view them please post a comment.
    Thanks

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