How to view the football worldcup online

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 6, 2006
Updated • May 6, 2013
Music and Video

Some TV stations, like the BBC in Britain, will provide their fellow countrymen with an opportunity to watch the football world cup 2006 in Germany live in a streamed version on their Internet pages. The BBC stated on their webpage that "The service will be available to UK broadband users and will mirror terrestrial and interactive coverage." I assume it is free of charge but maybe my loyal British readers could enlighten me how they plan on streaming the content.

They most likely will scan your IP and look-up your country using it. That means people from outside Britain won't be able to view the matches on the BBC homepage (or other homepages in other foreign countries, you get my point I hope). This also means that if you are from the UK but not at home during the World Cup that you cannot watch football on the BBC website, for instance because you are in Germany to support your team.

As you all know, there are always ways to circumvent country checks, here is the one I suggest.

Last time it was ABC who did not allow their TV shows to be viewed by people from outside the USA and the method that I described back then is still valid for the World Cup (or any other streaming content on the INTERNET).

But this time I want to introduce a faster method which should work most of the time for you. Visit a website like to check on your own IP. Remember this IP, you will come back to this site and check the IP again with a proxy enabled.

Search Google using strings like "country proxy list", "england proxy list" and the like. You will come up with search results like or proxy server list. All show a table with proxies including the country the proxy is hosted in. Browse for proxies that are located in the same country as the content provider of the streams. The idea here is to find a working proxy hosted in a country that the streaming service has whitelisted. So, to stay with the BBC example, you would have to find a proxy from the UK to watch the TV streams on the BBC website.

Copy one of the IPs and remember the port. In Firefox open Tools --> Options. Select Connection Settings and select Manual Proxy Configuration. Add the IP to the HTTP Proxy Row and enter the Port in the field next to it. Click Use this proxy server for all protocols and test it by navigating to the website again. See if the page loads fast and verify that the IP is different from the one the website displayed earlier when you checked your own IP.

If you see a different IP it means two things. First, the proxy is working (assuming it does not take ages to load pages) and second that your own IP is now hidden behind the proxy's IP.  The BBC website will check your IP and detect that you are coming from Britain and allow you to watch the streams. Note that it is still possible to detect your real IP by the means of Java for example.

If you have questions let me know, I will happily try and help out. The great advantage of this method is that you can check and use proxies no matter what operating system you are using. A disadvantage is that it could take a while until you find a fast working proxy that is located in the country you need. If you have troubles try Charon to verify proxies, the how to is available from my ABC article.


Take a look at my worldcup preparations article for a working method that involves downloading a software. You will be able to see the matches live with English commentary.


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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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