Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cut the Cord - and get your sports too!

I've heard that some of you are addicted to sports and afraid to cut the cord because you'd miss all of your favorite events.  I've written before about what an amazing experience it was watching the Winter Olympics in High Definition via free broadcast TV.  Unfortunately, I deleted all of my recordings after I watched them so I can't post any pictures to brag about it.

Well, the FIFA world cup is here and it is arguably the biggest event in world sports (the Superbowl ranks a lowly 10th).  Soccer fans know this already, but here in the US we are pretty ignorant of this fact.  The world cup is going on now until July 11th and is being broadcast here in glorious High Definition.   For you cord cutters out there, it is also free.

While the last few games appear to be covered by ABC in the US, you are going to miss all of the action that leads up to the finals.  Thankfully, UniVision (channel 14.x in my area) is broadcasting all of the games and most of them are in High Definition.  While the commentary is in Spanish, English speakers need not fear.   Soccer is pretty universal and it isn't hard to figure out what they are talking about.  You can also get live streaming of the games at and Justin.TV (but it probably won't look as good).

Sports programs are the same all over the world.  The world cup in Spanish is no different: wild fans, beer commercials, sexy women, oh and two commercial free 45 minute halves of non-stop action.  What is there not to love?

Did I mention that there are often 3 games per day?  And you wonder why work productivity drops...

One thing I love about watching soccer is that the players aren't afraid to celebrate when they score a GOL (goal) and seem to really ham up the injuries.  Well, it seems that way to me anyway.  American football is like watching paint dry in comparison.   I'll probably get some hate mail for that last statement.

For your Soccer fans, enjoy some screen shots I've taken from via my Media PC of some recent games!  Not bad picture quality for free TV!

1 comment:

  1. That's fine if you're not fussy about what sport.

    I'm a hardcore hockey fan, and not having Versus and Centerice just isn't an option. I'm tethered to the cable for now.


Copyright (c) 2010 All Rights Reserved.