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Worldcup Preparations

The football world cup is starting today and it surely is going to be the biggest sports event of the year. We all know that some television channels are going to stream the world cup live on the Internet for their countrymen while others may only show the matches on television. If you are not that tech savvy and still want to view the cup online your best bet is to download a software called pplive. I suggest the stable version but experienced users could use the beta version as well.

Install pplive on your system, make sure you chose English as your language. The options should appear at first start and you can change some settings like ports, connections and the like. Click ok or hit enter to leave the options. Select Play from the menu and you see a channel list on the left, probably lots of garbage if you don't have the appropriate fonts installed on your system. But this does not matter.

The important channels are the following:

CCTV1, CCTV5 and probably Shanghai Sports

All three seem to be showing all games of the football world cup live. Take a look at the boxtobox website for a complete schedule of the games and which station is broadcasting it. (Update: no longer available)

I suggest you take a look at this tool if you can't watch a match on TV.

Update: Download the latest Tvuplayer version from Rapidshare and select the channel ESPN2, they show the games live and it's working. Downloads also available from Badango and Rapidsharing.

Update 2: I compiled a list of frequently asked questions that help you resolve issues that you may experience while you are using the product.

Update 3: If TVUplayer does not connect you have the option to download either TVants or Sopcast and watch the world cup or other sport events using those programs. (CCTV 5 is the channel, unfortunately with Chinese commentary)

Update 4: The world cup has ended, but since one is played every four years, you may come back to this article to get the latest information regarding the upcoming world cup. I'd like to point out a couple of changes that have taken place in the mean time.

Recently, live football streams have moved from being almost exclusively available in p2p video streaming applications like TVU Player or Sopcast to the world wide web. While you still find some matches using P2p software, you will find the majority of matches only on the web. Check out out list of football scheduling sites that list where you can watch the matches online.

Good news is, instead of installing a software to watch football or other sports, all you need now is a web browser and Flash to do so.

Update 5: TVU Player has been discontinued and we have removed all links pointing to it from this article.

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Comments

  1. mike said on June 9, 2006 at 4:00 pm

    what if you are at work and can’t download anyhting to your workstation?

  2. Martin said on June 9, 2006 at 4:03 pm

    If you are from Britain you could view the games from the BBCs webpage. Maybe a media company is offering the same if you are living in a different country.

    If not you could try and find a proxy that is located in Britain to view the live stream there.

    There are also lots of live tickers out there that give you information about standings and events.

  3. Alex said on June 9, 2006 at 4:14 pm

    I cant find CCTV1, CCTV5 or Shangahi with this program!

  4. Martin said on June 9, 2006 at 4:23 pm

    Click the play tab in pplive. On the right side of the tv window is the channel list. You see lots of entries starting with [+] II. Click on the first plus and you see CCTV-5 which is one of the stations that shows the live games.

    If you move your mouse over a channel you see a preview image and a time table what they are showing.

  5. Alex said on June 9, 2006 at 4:32 pm

    I clikced on the first [+} and the second {+] neither of them show CCTV5

  6. Al said on June 9, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    The worldcup (looking at previews) seems to be bogged down. :(

  7. Martin said on June 9, 2006 at 4:56 pm

    That is strange, look through all of them, it probably is somewhere else in your setup..

  8. Martin said on June 9, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    the football channes are either overloaded and thus not showing or they have been taken offline.. not sure what it is.

    btw germany is leading 1:0. Lahm scored a goal in the 6th minute.

  9. Martin said on June 9, 2006 at 5:19 pm

    What a great game, it´s 2:1 for Germany after 16 minutes :P

  10. Julian said on June 9, 2006 at 5:32 pm

    Great game..im watchin the ticker but im downloading the pplivesetup now

  11. Jens said on June 9, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    Here is CCTV5

    .. edited
    All other channels work for me. I think PPLive blocks all football channels… some ad comes up when I try to view them. All other channels seem to work.

    Dammit. Some Chinese ppl out there – help!

  12. Martin said on June 9, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    Okay I have a working version, download tuvplayer from the location below and select the channel ESPN2..

    http://rapidshare.de/files/22635869/tuv.rar.html

    enjoy :P

  13. hmmm said on June 9, 2006 at 5:59 pm

    totally getting it. just one problem.
    no sound…. any help?

  14. Jens said on June 9, 2006 at 6:04 pm

    OH
    MY
    GOD

    Martin, it wooooorks!

  15. hmmm said on June 9, 2006 at 6:06 pm

    never mind I got ‘er going.

  16. ajit said on June 9, 2006 at 6:06 pm

    the dowmload of da player doesnt start!!!!

  17. Martin said on June 9, 2006 at 6:11 pm

    how did you enable the sound hmmm ? ajit what do you mean the download does not start ? you click on the FREE button, wait the time it displays, enter the verification letters and click download from..

    thats all :P

  18. Martin said on June 9, 2006 at 6:12 pm

    oh, my wave audio was muted, re-enabled it and the sound was there. enjoy everyone :P

  19. Tolugo said on June 9, 2006 at 6:15 pm

    Thanks man, great!!!!!!!

  20. adam said on June 9, 2006 at 6:15 pm

    I’ve downloaded tvu player, it says “connecting to the tvu network..please wait” then after w=a while it says “player cannot be initialised, please check internet connection. Quit the player?”. Any suggestions as I seem to have a good connection to the net.

  21. Martin said on June 9, 2006 at 6:22 pm

    Adam try connecting again, maybe your firewall is blocking the connection, check on that as well.

  22. ajit said on June 9, 2006 at 6:27 pm

    martin,it says my IP-address is already downloading a file. You have to wait until it is finished.how can i restart?

  23. jon said on June 9, 2006 at 6:28 pm

    GREEEEEAAAATT!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Brian said on June 9, 2006 at 6:44 pm

    You are truly a lifesaver.

  25. tim said on June 9, 2006 at 6:45 pm

    i’ve got it working on tvu, pretty decent but it breaks up every minute or so

  26. daedalus said on June 9, 2006 at 6:49 pm

    Downloaded it, can’t open it. Says windows needs to know what program created it… help?

  27. Martin said on June 9, 2006 at 7:00 pm

    23: Wait a while and try again, should work.
    25: Yes that´s what they sometimes call me :P
    26: I had no breaks once the buffer was at 99%
    27: it´s a rar file you have to unrar it using winrar

  28. andre said on June 9, 2006 at 7:16 pm

    I’m getting the same problem as Adam…”player cannot be initialized…check connection” Do you know what port tvu uses? Perhaps I can get my security admin to open that port up. BTW, thanks for your hack…even if I can’t enjoy it just yet, it’s gratifying to know that there’s a way to get the feed.

  29. ajit said on June 9, 2006 at 7:27 pm

    thanx a ton martin……it worked!!!

  30. Kartik said on June 9, 2006 at 7:32 pm

    I work on Linux platform .. is there any way I can watch the matches?

    Pls help :(

  31. Martin said on June 9, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    29. I don´t know but you should see it in your firewalls log.
    32. use an windows emulator ?

  32. tim said on June 9, 2006 at 7:41 pm

    is there any way to change the buffer on this program?

  33. Al said on June 9, 2006 at 7:43 pm

    installed and waiting for buffer… If this works man… i… could kiss you!

  34. Al said on June 9, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    x0x0x0x0x

    :)

  35. Kramerica Inc. said on June 9, 2006 at 7:47 pm

    If you haven’t figured out yet, go with ESPN2 (Low) unless you have a T1 or faster connection.

    I’m such a retard. I was watching ESPN2 and bitching about how it breaks up every minute or so. So “ESPN2 (low) is the way to go. The quality is not as good as ESPN2 but who cares?

    Thanks, again, Martin for the whole thing. Drinks are on me.

  36. jose martin (mexico) said on June 9, 2006 at 7:50 pm

    wow it works!

    ggrreeat!

    I can watch the matches at my desk,

  37. Kramerica Inc. said on June 9, 2006 at 7:55 pm

    Just wish it had a full-screen feature or double-size at least but I’m just being greedy.

    Poland vs. Ecaudor…who gives rat’s ass?

  38. Khoa said on June 9, 2006 at 8:01 pm

    For some reason, I could not download that tuv.rar file. After I hit FREE button, it pop up another windows that said the file had been download several hundred times. Is there any other way to have it download to my comp? Thanks!

  39. tim said on June 9, 2006 at 8:02 pm

    it does have full screen. just double click on the video as it’s playing

  40. Martin said on June 9, 2006 at 8:13 pm

    40. Khoa the website is showing a counter which slowly counts to zero. When it reaches 0 you see a image verification and a download link next to it. Just wait and it comes to you ;)

  41. Al said on June 9, 2006 at 8:16 pm

    39.
    It’s the World Cup. I’d give a rats ass if i had one to give.

  42. Kramerica Inc. said on June 9, 2006 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks, Tim.

    Again, I feel like a re tard.

  43. sujan man said on June 9, 2006 at 8:30 pm

    how to….!!

  44. deltron3030 said on June 9, 2006 at 8:47 pm

    any idea what commands you can enter into the text field?

  45. rafrif said on June 9, 2006 at 10:11 pm

    any chance for a Mac user here? sniff..

  46. tom said on June 9, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    thanks a million dude…

    it works…

  47. Watts said on June 9, 2006 at 10:39 pm

    Sweet Jebus! This is genius :)

  48. t said on June 9, 2006 at 10:48 pm

    wow!!!! TUVPlayer is amazing. This is just what we were looking for. World Cup while we work!! :)

    Thanks a mil.

  49. Deb said on June 9, 2006 at 11:14 pm

    to those of u in the US, try getting univision TV channel. they provide free terrestrial signals and they are broadcasting all the games live. i just finished watching the inaugaural game using a TV tuner card on my PC. i plan to watch the remaining games that way too. best of luck!

  50. jules said on June 10, 2006 at 2:37 am

    you chaps are tops- i am watching espn on my laptop! hugs and kisses

    jules- the brit chick

  51. Calleja said on June 10, 2006 at 5:30 am

    But wait, ESPN2 is not broadcasting ALL the matches, is it? Wasn’t ABC showing like half?

  52. steve said on June 10, 2006 at 7:49 am

    hi, have downloaded pplive, when i select any channel i get the preview image and details, it shows some small kb of downloading but no buffering and nothing seems to happen, have tried many channels. any tips

  53. Martin said on June 10, 2006 at 8:44 am

    steve I recieved the best results with tuvplayer, just download, install, select ESPN2 for example and you´re ready to go.

    It streams CCTV5 as well, so if ESPN2 is not showing a match cctv5 will. (with chinese commentary)

  54. Rob said on June 10, 2006 at 10:58 am

    Martin,

    Thanks for the info when I try to download the player it comes up with the message that the download was invalid. The reasons it gives are :

    Download-session expired. Direct-links last a few minutes for free users and a few days for premium-users.
    You requested this download-session from a different IP than yours. If you use AOL, try a different browser.

    Any ideas

  55. Jeff said on June 10, 2006 at 11:11 am

    Oh ….. my…….god

    I can’t believe it. TUVplayer works INCREDIBLY WELL!@!! OMG OMG OMG. I have been so stressed out for the last week because I haven’t been able to find any way of watching the world cup, and my only option was to download via .torrent, but it would be like a day late etc etc. You have NO idea how happy I am at the moment!! Streams perfectly….looks like it uses the VLC code? Why is this programe not promoted more??!

  56. Mark said on June 10, 2006 at 11:18 am

    I have the same problem with rapidshare as Rob. Any chance someone could put up an alternate link? BTW how come I can’t find a refrence to this program anywhere on google?

  57. David said on June 10, 2006 at 11:34 am

    i experience the same problem with Mark and Rob. i’m using IE 6. does it need to use Firefox? help!! today is England vs Paraguay, i should catch the match. Thanks a lot!

  58. Rob said on June 10, 2006 at 11:50 am

    Guys I managed to sort out the download in the end but I bit the bullet and got the premium membership for a month on the website. After that no trouble in downloading.

    Only one problem now the buffering goes up to about 90% on ESPN 2 and then comes all the way back down again resulting in break up of the channel.

  59. Rob said on June 10, 2006 at 11:54 am

    Just a quick question on the channel list I can actually get ABC/ESPN2 (low) to work but is showing ABC at the moment. Will it change accross to ESPN 2 eventually when the world cup matches start ?

  60. Martin said on June 10, 2006 at 11:56 am

    use the following alternative download locations:

    http://www.badongo.com/file/838417

    http://rapidsharing.com/download.php?id=88C9A282

    Rob the program is likely to change, if not you still have the option to view CCTV5 which streams all matches live.

  61. Toby said on June 10, 2006 at 11:59 am

    I have seen the 2 opening matches on Colombia.Tv wich streams on a lower 102kb/s… not the best quality, but streams flawless (then just find a radio station that broadcasts the game in ur language).
    To see colombia.Tv download “mediacenter 4.0” from http://www.coolstreaming.us/ its italian but who cares, there’s a 2000+ free channels to chose from.
    Also if someone knows of a channel that streams on even lower kb/s…like 35-44kb/s? as that would even work on dial-up connections…cheers from the Philippines.

  62. a said on June 10, 2006 at 2:01 pm

    i reallyb want 2 watch the england game so i tried to download pplive yet it says service unavailable whats goin on??

  63. Rob said on June 10, 2006 at 3:17 pm

    Ok I can connect with the channels but after about 4mins it comes up with the message that the TVU player has encoutered a problem and must now shut down. I am using windows XP. This is very annoying so close !!!

    Any suggestions

  64. complete idiot said on June 10, 2006 at 3:19 pm

    What is a rar file? I can’t open the download!! I need to see the footie!!! Plz help me! I’m an idiot when it comes to computers!!!

  65. Rob said on June 10, 2006 at 3:24 pm

    Put in a search for win rar free download.

    Download this and use this to extract the info from the downloaded TVU player file

  66. gopher said on June 10, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    I downloaded mediacenter, and when i click on colombia.tv i get “To display this page you need a browser with JavaScript support.” But I have javascript enabled in Internet Explorer so it should work. Any ideas?

  67. MAQ said on June 10, 2006 at 3:36 pm

    I installed the TVU player but the channels panel is empty. Are there any configurations I should take care about?

  68. macfan said on June 10, 2006 at 4:38 pm

    Mac OS X users who are having trouble with other solutions use Peercast – I found this too late after trying TUV Player and PPlive without luck using Virtual PC

    http://www.peercast.org/

  69. Martin said on June 10, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    66: Rob I don´t know why this is happening to you. Did you check the error log ? do you get an error message at all ?
    70: there is no configuration file, just start, wait a few seconds and you should see the channel list. If not you should check your firewall, maybe it blocks communication somehow.

  70. toby said on June 10, 2006 at 5:26 pm

    again, i was able to watch the games today on Mediacenter, colombia.Tv…works wonderfully, just make sure ur java is enabled…kisses and may the best win!!

  71. Rob said on June 10, 2006 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks for the reply Martin. I seem to have sorted out the problem. I right clicked the TVU player icon on the desktop went to properties, clicked the compatibility tab and then selected it to run with windows 2000. No particular reason I chose this but ever since no more messages and things are working ok !!

    One question I did have is if there is anyway to increase the buffering %. I only ever seem to be able to achieve around 60%. Is it solely dependant on internet speed ? by the way I have been using the low quality ESPN 2.

  72. Martin said on June 10, 2006 at 6:03 pm

    There does not seem to be an options menu at all unfortunatly.

  73. Toby said on June 10, 2006 at 6:26 pm

    please i’m a dial-up user after the 2nd game…im in the Philippines GMT+8hrs.
    if anyone knows a way to see the games under 44kb/s…dont hesitate to post: i want to see cote d’ivoire contre argentina
    ….badly

  74. Toby said on June 10, 2006 at 6:44 pm

    anyway, this is just BIG; we actually managed to get thru the laws…yahwhauaghrgh

    PS: if someone have a very tiny cahnnel (around 35-44kb/s) that would be grait

  75. Heocon said on June 11, 2006 at 3:21 am

    It works OMG

    Thanks Martin!!

  76. Chris said on June 11, 2006 at 4:57 pm

    Are there any particular codecs I need for TVUplayer? All I get is a grey screen and no video or audio.

  77. smith said on June 11, 2006 at 11:00 pm

    Thanks Martin!!!!!!!!

  78. Martin said on June 12, 2006 at 6:51 am

    Chris I´am not aware of any codecs that are needed. You are the first one that has problems running the software.

    I only have normal codes installed, like xvid, divx and the like.

  79. me said on June 12, 2006 at 2:44 pm

    If you can read Cantonese, see http://www7.discuss.com.hk/viewthread.php?tid=1673411&extra=page%3D4 for how to get CCTV5 streaming at 814K. You might have to change your DNS server (thru the Control Panel) to get this to work.

  80. Keith said on June 12, 2006 at 3:00 pm

    Installed TVUPlayer, but get only audio, no video. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  81. Lucky said on June 12, 2006 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks a bunch Martin, this is just outstanding!

  82. Keith said on June 12, 2006 at 4:10 pm

    OK, it just started working. Maybe it takes a while to get rev’d up. It breaks up quite a bit for a minute, then smooths out. I tried switching to win2k compatibility, but switched back to native (xp), and can see video now. Thanks.

  83. Rahul Ratra said on June 12, 2006 at 5:22 pm

    Great work Martin….Used TVUplayer and is working great…Thankx a ton

  84. -B- said on June 12, 2006 at 6:16 pm

    Works great. As with most P2P seems to work better the more ppl are connected. Choppy with 5 peers connected, great playback with 25 peers connected.

  85. Charly said on June 12, 2006 at 7:02 pm

    It rocks! You are the saviour of humanity. They should name you president of the United Nations or something. Thanks man.

  86. J-Money said on June 12, 2006 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks for psoting this, I can watch and work!! Yay!

  87. J-Money said on June 12, 2006 at 7:20 pm

    Does anyone know how to shrink the TVU screen a little bit? My video output is a little blurry and I’m hoping by shrinking the screen it will be more focused (bandwidth isn’t an issue for me so not sure why the video quality is bit-mappish).

    Thanks!

  88. a-sh said on June 12, 2006 at 8:25 pm

    Yes.. finally i can stop searching for a way to watch soccer online and focus on work.
    thanks alot for the Post.. it works!

    I would also like to shrink the disply a bit if possible as it is blurry and difficult to hide from other co-workers ;)

  89. renz said on June 12, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    i click on “channels” and there is no listing…. HELP!

  90. Dan said on June 12, 2006 at 10:10 pm

    Click on refresh

  91. renz said on June 12, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    Refresh didn’t work. I basically have a blank screen… with apylon in the middle of it. the left side headers No. and Chanel have nothing selected for me to select.

  92. Derek said on June 13, 2006 at 12:40 am

    Oh my God It works. Thanks man. Ur great. TUV Player is a good shit

  93. david said on June 13, 2006 at 4:57 am

    is this all free?

  94. gary said on June 13, 2006 at 6:30 am

    need help to fine tune this , i have espns2 but picture and sound is breaking up ! please advise in basic english im thick as shit with this pc cheers ….heres hoping .

  95. Martin said on June 13, 2006 at 6:53 am

    david yes it´s free
    gary maybe it´s your connection ? did you use espn2 low or high ?

  96. gary said on June 13, 2006 at 7:23 am

    how do i select espn2 high or low ?

  97. danny said on June 13, 2006 at 10:28 am

    hi having trouble trying to install tuv.player.it says put it into a file but i try to put into a file and nothing happens.can you help me

  98. nguyen christophe said on June 13, 2006 at 11:59 am

    incredible!!!
    I come from belgium and I can watch World Cup from my desktop!!!
    thanks tuv.rar and also thanks to you martin!

  99. Martin said on June 13, 2006 at 1:24 pm

    gary look in your channel list, you see ABC / ESPN2 low and a single high bandwidth channel for ABC and ESPN.

    danny you have to unrar the file using an unpacker like winrar for example. search google for it.

  100. Bernadett said on June 13, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    Guys,
    I have downloaded TVU twice, and still get the same result: first “Connecting to the TVU network, please wait”, then “Player cannot be initialized, please check the network connection.”
    Plus, there are no channels listed in the “Channel” column.

    PLEASE HELP MEEE!!!

    Many thanx,
    B.

  101. slim shady said on June 13, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    can any one send me this tuv player cant seem to download it

  102. IwishIwasntAtWork said on June 13, 2006 at 3:34 pm

    Bernadett, I’m having the same problem with the non-display of channels–it doesn’t give me any errors though, it just wont do anything. Someone please help!!!

  103. Bernadett said on June 13, 2006 at 3:37 pm

    Martin, aka Saviour, :-)

    Any ideas??

    Thanx,
    B.

  104. IwishIwasntAtWork said on June 13, 2006 at 3:37 pm

    sure slim shady, what’s your email?

  105. Bernadett said on June 13, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    I wish I wasn’t at work either… :-)

  106. IwishIwasntAtWork said on June 13, 2006 at 3:41 pm

    My boss told me about this program and his works flawlessly :(

  107. celvin said on June 13, 2006 at 4:45 pm

    i cant install tvu player

  108. Beebop said on June 13, 2006 at 5:07 pm

    I have a limit per month from my ISP, can anyone tell me roughly how much watching one game takes up?

  109. Yomero said on June 13, 2006 at 6:23 pm

    Does anyone know how to fix the problem “Player can not be initialized, please check network connection”?

  110. Blaze said on June 13, 2006 at 7:09 pm

    My video is not on par with the audio , either the sound is 15 seconds early / 25 seconds late = /
    Any suggestions on fixing that?

  111. jobi said on June 13, 2006 at 7:52 pm

    That program is killing my CPU! Usage stays between 50 and 100 percent while it’s running. Anyone else having this issue?

  112. jobi said on June 13, 2006 at 7:57 pm

    To clarify, I was referring to the TVU program ^^.

  113. RobM said on June 13, 2006 at 9:01 pm

    HELP!
    I am trying to catch the France-Croatia match…

    DownloadedTVU Player using Martin’s link in post 12, installed, when the software starts I just see the hourglass for a few seconds, then nothing. Nada.
    Firewall is off.
    Running XP.
    Have 1.4MB internet connection active.

    What can I do?

  114. Martin said on June 13, 2006 at 9:18 pm

    the company who is releasing the tvuplayer is unfortunatly releasing little information about requirements and restrictions of the player.

    system requirements are only:
    Windows 2000 or XP
    Broadband Internet connection, such as DSL or cable modem

    I currently don´t know why the channel list is not appearing for some people. I also don´t know why the video is not showing / out of sync for some.

    The latter could be coded related but I don´t know which codecs are required for the software.

  115. Martin said on June 13, 2006 at 9:21 pm

    tuv player not showing channels might be temporary, try later, wait some minutes.

  116. renz said on June 13, 2006 at 9:27 pm

    Yup… yesterday, mine was not showing any channels… now… i am watching CRO vs BRA.

    I didn’t do anything to it.

  117. renz said on June 13, 2006 at 9:29 pm

    Yesterday, I had the same problem … no channels. Today… it’s fine. I didn’t make any changes.

  118. RobM said on June 13, 2006 at 9:58 pm

    Um…

    Any hints about why the app wouldn’t start at all?
    What happenes when I have Norton IS turned on, is that I can see it trying to access the internet to update itself. Then nothing.

    BTW, my conn is in fact 4.2MB, (just checked), and France is in fact playing Switzerland (I knew it was one of those European teams…)

    Thanks for any help, or shout if you have seen same…

  119. jess said on June 13, 2006 at 10:32 pm

    Martin, The Saviour!

    I got the same message connecting to the tvu network..please wait? then it says “player cannot be initialised, please check internet connection. Quit the player?”

    I tried to restart many many times, but it still doesn’t work. I can’t change the firewall of the company.

    PLEASE HELP!

  120. Steve said on June 13, 2006 at 10:42 pm

    the TVUplayer WILL NOT work if you are behind a proxy. If you are at work and get this message “player cannot be initialised, please check internet connection. Quit the player??
    you are probably behind a proxy and there is really no way you can use the TVUplayer.

  121. Casman said on June 14, 2006 at 1:09 am

    For Mac Users is there a solution? I downloaded Peer Cast but I dont know how to access ESPN2. Does someone know?

  122. JohnE said on June 14, 2006 at 2:40 am

    TVUplayer works great!!!!
    Can’t believe this!
    Anyone know what CMD’s (commands) you can enter into the command box.
    Like display every other frame command or every third frame.
    univision (low) works perfect.
    Other channels work for a few minutes, then down a little and back up for a few minutes.
    Or maybe a cmd to just read in the high bytes of the sound amplitudes, and disregard the detailed bytes??

  123. Jeff said on June 14, 2006 at 5:08 am

    TVUplayer’s official page is http://www.viidoo.com.

  124. Ash said on June 14, 2006 at 3:03 pm

    Does anyone know the port number that needs to be opened to allow TVU through a firewall. Already checked my firewall logs i can’t seem to find it..

  125. Martin said on June 14, 2006 at 3:12 pm

    Ash look in the tvu directory, you find a file called log.txt, it contains the information which ports are used. (at least one service seems to use a port range though)

  126. aimee said on June 14, 2006 at 6:35 pm

    hi, have downloaded but having same prob as no 27 on list. have read solution in number 28 but not sure what “unraring” is. am not good with technical talk! what do i need to do???? thanks

  127. wolfgang said on June 14, 2006 at 6:57 pm

    hey guys,

    thx to martin for the nice programm!

    it works all good for me BUT everytime after ~1min(sometimes after 4-5) there comes a failure!

    i cant really explain it, there stands something around “cache failure cant read xxx(much letters) in xxx klick ok to close the player or klick quit to debug”

    but whatever i klick the player crashes :(

    i tried that “run in windows 2000 blabla thing” but it will nor work :(

    what can i do?

  128. Martin said on June 14, 2006 at 7:15 pm

    aimee read this https://www.ghacks.net/2006/06/13/little-tvu-player-faq-list/

    wolfgang I really don´t know..

  129. aimee said on June 14, 2006 at 7:44 pm

    ok, have unrared! works fine, actually v impressed with it! just one q – is this watching tv on internet legal??? thanks!

  130. BetaUser said on June 14, 2006 at 8:10 pm

    It looks like a good software but it doesn’t work if you are behind a proxy!! so I am seeing nothg, but totally understand it.

    The software doesn’t have preferences, so I can’t change the port. I am surprised how this could work in China.

    If anybody has an idea how to change port please let us know.

    This is the content of the config.xml

    ————————————–

    TVUPlayer
    1.5.12

    channel1.tvunetworks.com
    8080
    /app/transferservlet

    http://www.tvunetworks.com/update/updateinfo.xml

    ————————————–

    is thios the port used for streaming?

  131. BetaUser said on June 14, 2006 at 8:14 pm

    Ok, here is my log file:

    11:11:46 June 14, 2006 => Failed to update the channel list data in memory
    11:11:46 June 14, 2006 => failed to update the channel list data, when initiating
    11:11:46 June 14, 2006 => failed to update the peer server list data, when initiating
    11:11:46 June 14, 2006 => SC service port initialized:5701
    11:11:46 June 14, 2006 => Local play port: 8901
    11:11:49 June 14, 2006 => Peer sc has been initialized…

  132. RobM said on June 15, 2006 at 2:42 am

    Just to let you guys know…

    I finally got it to work, and it is really great. I had to install it as an administrator, altho all seemed to go well as a user. When I logged in as a user, the app was not present in START. So I installed it again as a user, and THEN it would start.
    Wierd.

  133. Marc said on June 15, 2006 at 2:21 pm

    Thank you Martin!

    This works fantastic, I’m able to watch the lads go after T&T today!

  134. D-Roc said on June 15, 2006 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks for all the info guys. TVU player works great. There’s a bunch of us at work now listening to the games and they all thank you guys!

  135. Gui said on June 15, 2006 at 6:23 pm

    You rock!!!!!!!! TVU just installed, ready to watch Sweden today ;)

    Thanks!!

  136. Ivan said on June 16, 2006 at 3:56 am

    thanks martin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!just a problem.how come some times the channel list doesnt seems to come out?

  137. sofistasurfista said on June 16, 2006 at 8:20 am

    when i install the program it appears a dialog box that reads: “Runtime error: this application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way”
    what could be the pronlem?
    thanks in advance

  138. sam said on June 16, 2006 at 9:11 am

    everything has worked well up till now but now on espn sports it says at the top of the player it stats upgrade decoder it will cause problems, but this is only for espn sports, please help

  139. crystal said on June 16, 2006 at 2:39 pm

    crap. it’s been working for two days, but now the player “can not be initialized.”

  140. arnie said on June 16, 2006 at 2:57 pm

    TvuPlayer will not connect to the TVU network – log file says “Peer sc can not be initialized.”

  141. Xisor said on June 16, 2006 at 3:18 pm

    same here “Peer sc can not be initialized.?”

  142. dirk said on June 16, 2006 at 3:20 pm

    I have the same problem. It was working very good, but now “Player can not be initialized”.

  143. Jay said on June 16, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    “player can not be initalized”…This is a sad day in sports for me..(at work)

  144. dirk said on June 16, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    I think their server is down! This cannot be happening!! I MUST see the Netherlands playing! (at work to!)

  145. Zvon said on June 16, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    man this is depressing….i cant actually go do work now…..

  146. Esteban said on June 16, 2006 at 3:29 pm

    It seems that everyone is getting the same error… can not be initializaed…. what should we do?

  147. renz said on June 16, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    Has anyone heard of a way to break BBC broadcasting on the WEB?

  148. Depressed said on June 16, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    I’m opening the window and getting ready to jump.

  149. luistwin said on June 16, 2006 at 3:33 pm

    man… I think its the end for us.. :(

  150. sue said on June 16, 2006 at 3:33 pm

    hi all – i happily watched the first half of argentina-serbia/montenegro, but the screen suddenly went blank and now i can’t get it back. this is probably a dumb question, but is this likely related to traffic on the site? now when i try to initialize, it says it can’t get connected to the tvu network…
    player cannot get initialized. any help would be much appreciated!! thanks!

  151. Monty said on June 16, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    NOOOOO! I’haven’t done more than 3 hours a work a day since I found this thing. It can’t be down now! Hoping this gets fixed soon. The World Cup is only starting to heat up.

  152. dirk said on June 16, 2006 at 3:37 pm

    somebody help us out here! Im dieing if i cannot see the netherlands playing!!!!

  153. tim said on June 16, 2006 at 3:37 pm

    looks like conflicting reports from the TVU website. one second they say they’re packing their bags and not fixing it, next they say they are fixing it. i have no idea…

  154. fabian said on June 16, 2006 at 3:37 pm

    this socks i have the same error someone knows another place to watch it!!!

  155. luistwin said on June 16, 2006 at 3:40 pm

    in the last world cup, same thing happened… everytime somebody finds a way to watch the world cup games, the server is cutted out in a few days and thats it…

  156. Xisor said on June 16, 2006 at 3:44 pm

    search for TVAnts(another one like TVUPlayer) – try to find CCTV 5 and watch your game

  157. Martin said on June 16, 2006 at 3:44 pm

    It seems TVU has some problems, not sure what it is though. If the messages from the chat are reliabel (which is unlikely) they have been under DOS attack today.

    Solution, just wait and try again later.

  158. Martin said on June 16, 2006 at 3:45 pm

    Alfi the chat takes place at viidoo.com

  159. wikipedia lover said on June 16, 2006 at 3:54 pm
  160. Joku said on June 16, 2006 at 3:56 pm

    So the program should work again after a little while?

  161. LanceS said on June 16, 2006 at 3:56 pm

    Although TVU is down, the Sun Online has a free online audio in English.

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006260665,00.html

  162. Martin said on June 16, 2006 at 3:59 pm

    I think TVUPlayer support is currently fixing this, I know there are many fake messages floating around currently.

    Just wait and see if TVU player support fixes the problem.

  163. sax said on June 16, 2006 at 4:00 pm

    Getting the connectivity to TVU network issue also, I hope its fixed soon :(

  164. vale said on June 16, 2006 at 4:06 pm

    another guy with problems. no fix yet?

  165. Nate said on June 16, 2006 at 4:09 pm

    I missed the entire Argentina game… hackers die!

  166. Zvon said on June 16, 2006 at 4:09 pm

    im watching using TVAnts with CCTV5 sadly its in japanese or something, but it does have a video feed.

  167. fabian said on June 16, 2006 at 4:12 pm

    but where dou you download it , because i install it and the i have a messege that say that my suscription is expired!!!!11

  168. Geo said on June 16, 2006 at 4:18 pm

    Try both previous suggestions simultaneously:
    LanceS Says: June 16th, 2006 at 3:56 pm
    Although TVU is down, the Sun Online has a free online audio in English.
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006260665,00.html

    Zvon Says: June 16th, 2006 at 4:09 pm
    im watching using TVAnts with CCTV5 sadly its in japanese or something, but it does have a video feed.
    http://www.football4less.com/streams/tvants.html

  169. Tago said on June 16, 2006 at 4:28 pm

    I’ve downloaded it but I can’t see nothing.
    It always says that has to be opened by an internal player and when it does, it has an error.
    Any more solutions ?

  170. Goa said on June 16, 2006 at 5:15 pm

    No TVU for me either! it was working perfectly yesterday…

    seemed to good to be true…

    Did they have problems with fifa because of transmission rights?

  171. Steve said on June 16, 2006 at 5:17 pm

    Did they have problems with fifa because of transmission rights?

    I doubt thats the issue since they could have just removed the espn/abc channels from their server rather than shutdown the whole service.

  172. Adrian said on June 16, 2006 at 5:17 pm

    sh..t, the game has started and the thing is still down. I have another software which was working until tomorrow its SOPCAST …now all of a suddent its also not able to connect. Something’s smelling fishy here…

  173. Steve said on June 16, 2006 at 5:18 pm

    I can’t even connect ot their website anymore. Anyone else still able to access http://www.viidoo.com

  174. bob said on June 16, 2006 at 5:23 pm

    oh yes, there’s something fishy out there. sopcast gone, tvu gone…..not good not good

  175. graham said on June 16, 2006 at 5:27 pm

    Yes we’ve the same problem. Nothing is connecting. It was breaking up badly in the first half and then at the start of the second all disappeared.

    After TVU tried sopcast etc but all unavailable. I wonder………

    graham

  176. bob said on June 16, 2006 at 5:30 pm

    tvants cctv5 , but chinese commentary….better than nothing

  177. ssenkrad said on June 16, 2006 at 5:34 pm

    what happens tvu es down ? i can’t watch anyting
    someone help me, it says, player can’t be inizialed or something like that

  178. Quakedevil said on June 16, 2006 at 5:35 pm

    netherland go go go!!!!!!! are there other ways to watch in english?????

  179. n/a said on June 16, 2006 at 5:37 pm

    Looks like we’re currently being blocked in Shanghai, close to the TVU network. When you start TVUplayer, it connects via HTTP to http://www.tvunetworks.com (resolves to 211.152.32.134) and then on UDP port >3900 to na1.tvunetworks.com (211.152.32.132). When connecting to the 2nd server, network trace shows ICMP type 3, code 10 being sent back (Host administratively prohibited), most likely due to an access list on a router.

    Both of these IPs belong to 21vianet:

    inetnum: 211.152.32.0 – 211.152.63.255
    netname: SH-21VIANET
    country: CN
    descr: 21vianet (shanghai), Inc.
    descr: 129 Yan An Rd(W.) Shanghai, China
    admin-c: XL442-AP
    tech-c: YW605-AP
    status: ALLOCATED PORTABLE
    changed: ipas@cnnic.cn 20060224
    mnt-by: MAINT-CNNIC-AP
    mnt-lower: MAINT-CNNIC-AP
    mnt-routes: MAINT-CNCGROUP-RR
    source: APNIC

    traceroute to 211.152.32.134 shows we’re blocked just after hop 211.152.63.142, which also belongs to 21vianet (close to the destination):

    (…)
    9 po1-0.ashcr2.Ashburn.opentransit.net (193.251.240.153) 53.625 ms 54.068 ms po5-0.ashcr2.Ashburn.ope ntransit.net (193.251.241.157) 53.947 ms
    10 gi1-0.ashcr1.Ashburn.opentransit.net (193.251.241.53) 54.545 ms 54.342 ms 55.244 ms
    11 so-4-0-0-0.loacr2.LosAngeles.opentransit.net (193.251.243.145) 118.826 ms 121.498 ms 115.844 ms
    12 * * *
    13 202.97.49.157 (202.97.49.157) 153.701 ms 153.423 ms 153.624 ms
    14 202.97.51.33 (202.97.51.33) 414.331 ms 413.015 ms 413.751 ms
    15 202.97.33.13 (202.97.33.13) 411.958 ms 436.056 ms 412.239 ms
    16 202.97.37.54 (202.97.37.54) 415.454 ms 497.408 ms 519.260 ms
    17 61.152.81.34 (61.152.81.34) 417.074 ms 415.342 ms 578.799 ms
    18 61.152.87.162 (61.152.87.162) 415.659 ms 410.872 ms 410.961 ms
    19 211.152.63.57 (211.152.63.57) 412.653 ms 414.559 ms 413.032 ms
    20 211.152.63.142 (211.152.63.142) 415.695 ms 413.596 ms 413.932 ms
    21 211.152.32.134 (211.152.32.134) 411.332 ms ! 410.904 ms ! 411.353 ms !

  180. Paul said on June 16, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    I was able to watch every game on http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/ but ut seems the site is down. I am now using the TVants software and connecting to CCTV5 – its a good pictue although there is a few minutes delay so you cannot listen to the sun commentary at the same time

  181. Alex said on June 16, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    Hopefully this problem we’re getting from TVU is just temporary. The problem we’re getting now with TVU was already reported before in posts 20, 29, 108, 117, 127, etc. These were reported before yesterday when there were no problems so hopefully TVU will return in a while?

    If it doesn’t then I bet FIFA has something to do with all this. Probably those rumors about hackers doing a DOS Attack might in fact be the police bringing the network down.
    Any1 knows if PPlive still works? Or where can I download TVants?

  182. Quakedevil said on June 16, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    netherland must win!!!!!!!!!!! so when tvu can work ?????????????

  183. Quakedevil said on June 16, 2006 at 5:47 pm

    lucky mexico did not score i cannot find cctv5 or espn on pplive

  184. Mastermind said on June 16, 2006 at 5:48 pm

    DUTCH GOING DOWN!! IVORY COAST.. AFRICAN POWER!!!!

  185. Paul said on June 16, 2006 at 5:48 pm

    You can get TVants at http://files.filefront.com/TVANTS_10020/;4041745;;/fileinfo.html

  186. Veralyn said on June 16, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    hello! I downloaded the TVU Player from the TVU website but when I open to play a channel it displays “connecting to the TVU network, please wait…” when I click on a channel an error msg pops up which reads “player cannot be initialized, please check the network connection”
    and “player cannot be intialized, please restart it!” which I have… many times over and still no luck.
    I’ve also tried PPLive which seems to be an even bigger disaster than TVU. Stuck at work… do not want to miss the games, please help!

  187. Mastermind said on June 16, 2006 at 5:52 pm

    same here!! its nice to know there are other people stuck at work too!! i wanna be in germany!!!!!! ARGGH

    ivory coast all the way

  188. ecron said on June 16, 2006 at 5:55 pm

    the TVants thing works, but it takes like 5 minutes to load

  189. Veralyn said on June 16, 2006 at 6:01 pm

    how does this TVants thing work for you?

    I downloaded and installed the program but when the installation was nearly complete it forced me to visit an asian website (which my pc can’t decrypt)and when I attempted to the run the program it didn’t work.

    grr.

  190. Fanatico said on June 16, 2006 at 6:03 pm

    i think network is down !!! any alternative ???

  191. Geo said on June 16, 2006 at 6:04 pm
  192. Steve said on June 16, 2006 at 6:09 pm

    Alex, this is a different problem than posted in the earlier posts you reference, most likely from people trying to use TVU from behind a proxy, you get the same error message.

  193. Mark said on June 16, 2006 at 6:10 pm

    I got TVANTS working fine, a bit blurry, chinese, but it works

  194. ecron said on June 16, 2006 at 6:10 pm

    listen here: http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006260665,00.html

    and watch here:
    http://www.football4less.com/streams/tvants.html

    on the second link, scroll to bottom and click ‘TV channels translated to english’ then at the top click the weird looking button with the sound icon(and some foreign character, for i don’t speak anything but english) and it will load.

    what you can do is mute it on TV ants and listen to that first link i gave you.(where it says ‘CLICK HERE on the web page)

    peace

  195. Joku said on June 16, 2006 at 6:44 pm

    when i click that picturethingy in that site firefox just says somethingabout that theres no program for tvants. Also i cant start tvants cuz it says that its expired.

  196. mike said on June 16, 2006 at 6:44 pm

    Don’t use Footielive, I paid and all it does is send you to the same places listed here for free.

  197. Eltriple said on June 16, 2006 at 6:45 pm

    I Have tvAnts but i can´t find the channels. where it says to put the keywords e put them but nothing apeears

  198. Matt said on June 16, 2006 at 6:47 pm

    Can’t we find somebody to bribe in China to get TVUPlayer back online? … seriously

  199. SoccaNYC said on June 16, 2006 at 7:01 pm

    Sopcast is really much better.
    I watched almost every game with sopcast at our offices so far and zero problems.

    Maybe every 70 minutes the usual buffer problems
    or sometimes you have to close some other programs,
    depending on your work environment and process memory.

    Watching Soccer in chinese is cool, i only wish they had the “Zuiikin English” chicks during the commercials :)
    http://tinywww.com/MjY5OQ

  200. SoccaNYC said on June 16, 2006 at 7:06 pm

    Sorry, i forgot the URL is either sopcast.org or sopcast.com
    You need much patience during installation.
    Always log in anonynmous and double-double click for connections in the channels. Some buddies of mine, where i forwarded the program found oddly also the brazil soccer channel, which i never saw in my list.

    Maybe i installed also some older versions in between… CCTV5 is fine enough though…
    Just enjoyed Holland-Ivory

    Don’t forget the best ticker service reg. WC:
    livescore.net

  201. Quakedevil said on June 16, 2006 at 7:26 pm

    guys, next match can use espn for tvants

  202. Quakedevil said on June 16, 2006 at 7:28 pm

    tv listing shows that next match mex:ang can be seen at espn (tvants)

  203. Henry said on June 16, 2006 at 7:46 pm

    Hey guys i juz found an interesting link

    http://www.wwitv.com/portal.htm?http://www.wwitv.com/sports_tv/index.html

    It enables u to watch most wc matches…but choose the correct streams there as not are live telecast. Espn from phillipines and cctv5 from china are some live channels. May try out other channels there too. But guess it is still not as good as tvu so bear with it for the moment guys!!!

  204. Joku said on June 16, 2006 at 7:49 pm

    well thats good

  205. sinistro said on June 16, 2006 at 8:09 pm

    i’m in portugal
    mex.-ang. at cctv-5 TVUplayer

  206. Ali said on June 16, 2006 at 8:12 pm

    I think TVU is up again, i’m watching the Mexico game on CCTV-5
    I’m in Canada!!

  207. Martin said on June 16, 2006 at 8:15 pm

    yes tvuplayer is coming back, only cctv5 working atm, suppose all other channels will follow soon

  208. fabian said on June 16, 2006 at 8:16 pm

    tvants works good and i found a chanell call soccer addict and it workx good as well

    is in english!!!

  209. monty said on June 16, 2006 at 8:21 pm

    Why is there golf on ESPN! TV guide says that the world cup should be playing! Going to try Soccer Addict…

  210. Joku said on June 16, 2006 at 8:54 pm

    espn (sports) and espn2 work now too! and espn (sports) shows the mex-ang game!

  211. Alex said on June 16, 2006 at 9:01 pm

    YES!!!!!!! Its good to see at least CCTV-5 is up in TVU player. Hopefully the rest will follow.

  212. Quakedevil said on June 16, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    hope that tommorow can watch espn2 ONLY ON TVUPLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  213. Al said on June 16, 2006 at 9:04 pm

    TVUPLAYER is Alive!!!!
    Watching as i type.

  214. Quakedevil said on June 16, 2006 at 9:05 pm

    is espn in tvants showing mex-ang match?????????

  215. Alex said on June 16, 2006 at 9:12 pm

    ESPN & ESPN2 ARE BACK ON TVU!!!!! ESPN is Transmitting MEX-ANG!!!! God bless this lil app :)

  216. Alex said on June 16, 2006 at 9:13 pm

    Viidoo.com is back too!

  217. tvu fan said on June 16, 2006 at 9:17 pm

    TVU IS UP AGAIN!

    espn (sports) has the game on LIVE NOW!

  218. Dee said on June 16, 2006 at 9:18 pm

    TVU still down. TVANTS could not find any channels… Up on wwitv

  219. sirius said on June 16, 2006 at 9:19 pm

    SOPcast

    cctv5 is working like a charm

  220. Dee said on June 16, 2006 at 9:22 pm

    TVU website is backup… I still cant connect to anything…

  221. J-Money said on June 16, 2006 at 9:28 pm

    IT’S ALIVE!!! NO MORE CHINESE! YAY!

  222. J-Money said on June 16, 2006 at 9:30 pm

    Also –

    If this happens again go to the following URL and watch the games – it uses an embedded antTV application so you don’t have to download anything. It is in chinese, but like the others said you can listen to the audio in one place and watch it in another.

    Enjoy!

  223. J-Money said on June 16, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    Also –

    If this happens again go to the following URL and watch the games – it uses an embedded antTV application so you don’t have to download anything. It is in chinese, but like the others said you can listen to the audio in one place and watch it in another.

    http://218.108.238.78:8080/fifa/fifa.asp

    Enjoy!

  224. graham said on June 16, 2006 at 10:01 pm

    Tvants was working but unfortunately match not equal to the amount of effort put in to watch. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

    Graham

  225. graham said on June 16, 2006 at 10:10 pm

    TVU and ESPN2 up and running again.

    Graham

  226. tech guy said on June 17, 2006 at 4:34 am

    This is a great product. My only concern is it’s legality. Has anyone found out more about TVU’s origins and where the stream is coming from? I’m sure the law is sketchy at best since they’ve never dealt with something like this before.

  227. sam said on June 18, 2006 at 11:55 am

    what is the best program for watching the football, i have the tvu player and when its working its great, but i have since found pp live and p cast podcast, some chinese software with what looks like alot more channels, if i am in gerneral enjoying the tvu player, is it not worth the hassle of tvant, who alot of pl seem to think is the best.

  228. Nole95 said on June 18, 2006 at 3:18 pm

    Looks like TVU might be down again. Anyone else having issues?

  229. sam said on June 18, 2006 at 7:03 pm

    no espn 2 on my tvu player, everything else seems to be ok.

  230. lolwhites said on June 18, 2006 at 8:25 pm

    Regarding the legality, it’s reminiscent of when cable TV started in the US in the late 1940s, when the cable companies streamed the main network channels without paying them (although they did charge their customers, while TVU is still free to use). When the networks sued, the courts found in favour of the cable companies. Eventually Congress required cable companies to pay for the content they “stole”, but crucially the price was set by law; the networks weren’t allowed to set their price, which prevented them from squashing the technology by charging a ridiculously high rate. It remains to be seen whether our current crop of politicians and judges will continue this tradition, but somehow I doubt it.

    To find out more, you should read “Free Culture” by Lawrence Lessig.

  231. laham_hoosh said on June 19, 2006 at 4:08 pm

    Plz , do U know how to get the Viaccess cod for the satellite receivers , as its changing every day and am watching world cup on swiss chanelles on hotbird

  232. tech guy said on June 20, 2006 at 2:24 am

    Take a look at this site for the same program:
    http://www.tvunetworks.com/index.htm
    Makes it look very professional.

  233. Girly said on June 20, 2006 at 10:12 pm

    Is anyone still having the conection problem?
    I can get the channels yet :(

  234. Happy hammer said on June 22, 2006 at 3:30 am

    Anyone know who does The Sun’s commentary? Is it any good? Reckon I could delay the match through my tivo box so it sinked up nice with the Espn hd coverage and I wouldn’t have to listen to that PK crap.

  235. World Cupper said on June 22, 2006 at 2:31 pm

    I get perfect sound and TVU player seems to be working great. I can’t seem to get a picture though. Anyone know anything I can do? USA game is going to be on soon.

  236. Rob said on June 22, 2006 at 2:43 pm

    Anyone know what channel todays Ghana – USA game will be on?? Thanks!!

  237. snc said on June 22, 2006 at 3:30 pm

    TVU down again, spocast too :(

  238. erkanoe said on June 22, 2006 at 4:15 pm

    It really works, watching my team (CZ) losing 1-0 to Italy… but cool, watching at work, totally live | checked with my guys back in czech)…

  239. Kaushik said on June 22, 2006 at 4:59 pm

    Cannot get the picture while there is a sound. My colleague is able to get the picture, though.

  240. monoomni said on June 22, 2006 at 5:22 pm

    RAD! I’ve been seriously upset about the lack of US network coverage of the “copa terra”, but, at least i’m learning some spanish! thx a bunch nitram!

  241. hair said on June 22, 2006 at 6:26 pm

    no connection problems. sound works fine. the problem is video, which used to work the first day I tried it, and now stopped working. I noticed the VLC player icon, so I uninstalled my old one, installed the latest one. I don’t notice any errors in the gui, and checked the log file and got the same issue as BetaUser. My coworker’s player works fine, he shoudl have the same network connections I do (which means it should be some sort of config issue?). Any suggestions? Is there something I can do via the VLC player properties or something?

  242. gornea said on June 23, 2006 at 6:17 am

    I also had problems related to the firewall as others mentioned. I made it work so maybe the following info will help others.

    At start TVU Player uses UDP 3950, 3951 and 3952 then at least one of TCP 3950, 3951 or 3952. The TV channels list is obtained from a connection on port TCP 8080. All those connections are made to the server previously mentioned by others. When you choose a TV channel it uses UDP 3940 and then a TCP connection to 3940. Then you just get a rain of connections to other servers using UDP/TCP combinations. In the end it settles to only UDP streaming between peers and an brief TCP reconnection for control and status I guess. Man, like all peer to peer strategies: impressive but so dirty!

    So if you are behind a well done corporative firewall you better make the sys. admin. your best friend by paying him a couple of beers! Otherwise the only pseudo decent way I could come up with for making TVU Player work while keeping some protection for my network is:
    – install an outgoing rule on my router (valid only for the machine that runs TVU) allowing all TCP connections from LAN to WAN (with statefull inspection)
    – install an outgoing rule on my router (valid only for the machine that runs TVU) allowing all UDP ports
    Also check that the number of NAT translations for the machine running TVU is sufficient (I guess you will need at least 32 to make it work proprely, I am looking at a movie with 14 peers and it takes like 30 NAT translations)

  243. Blaze said on June 23, 2006 at 6:23 pm

    http://photos.le-pari-de-jack.info/ go here!
    Enough visitors and this guy’s girlfriend will run naked out onto the field during the world cup final.(I know them in real life , and believe me , she WILL do it)
    Lend me a hand getting to 5 million visitors :)
    Also , on the TVU player , my sound lags behind the video , can anyone suggest something to fix this?

  244. Dusan said on June 24, 2006 at 8:43 pm

    TVUPlayer blows so hard! I have a 3 Mb down / 800 K up broadband and this thing cannot go for more than 5 seconds without stuttering. I have 25 peers connected to me and it’s using up my entire upload and still it’s stuttering.

  245. Dusan said on June 25, 2006 at 9:08 pm

    This is way worse piece of software than I imaginged. It’s picking different ports each time you run it!!!! It’s pretty hard to deal with that in a firewall. This thing really blows chunks.

  246. Martin said on June 25, 2006 at 10:44 pm

    tvu player is running fine for me. After the initial phase no stuttering at all, did not check how much bandwidth it was using though.

    The ports tvu player uses are listed in comment 251, thanks for that gornea

  247. gary said on June 26, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    I cannot get ESPN 2 for the Italy Australia game. Is that channel down? I have to watch on UNIVISION, eventhough I speak Spanish, the quality is not as good. Any idea when ESPN 2 will be back up?

  248. luckykid said on June 26, 2006 at 4:59 pm

    watch it on espn.

  249. gary said on June 26, 2006 at 5:28 pm

    Luckykid, thanks, I just checked you’re correct, its on ESPN.
    Go Aussies!!!!!

  250. Monty said on June 27, 2006 at 4:09 pm

    Is TVU working for everyone else right now? I’m not getting ESPN. I’ve got univision but its a crappy connection…very choppy

  251. Amsy said on June 27, 2006 at 4:17 pm

    TVU player is not working for me today altogether. anyone know how to make it work?
    Is it working for others?

  252. Ivan said on June 27, 2006 at 4:18 pm

    Tvu player is not working again.Cant watch Brazil vs Ghana.Sobs………………

  253. Amsy said on June 27, 2006 at 4:18 pm

    does it usually do that? any hope it will be back anytime soon.. ?

  254. fung said on June 27, 2006 at 4:53 pm

    hi there its not working for me either maybe try univision though its low quality…any1 noe wats the prob if tvu stops at connecting channel..help appreciated..

  255. lolwhites said on June 27, 2006 at 9:08 pm

    It worked for me for most of the first half of France v Spain, then packed up

  256. madness said on June 27, 2006 at 9:15 pm

    same here, worked the 1st half of france vs spain, then stopped

  257. Tony said on June 28, 2006 at 12:44 am

    Holy smokes, Martin, you genius!!! It freakin works!

    Watching ESPN2 rightfrom my PC. Thanks for taking the time to post all this up.

  258. tech guy said on June 30, 2006 at 6:04 pm

    ESPN360 is also now free until July 19th. The quality is better than anything listed here I think. Espescially from a queuing standpoint. Here’s a review:
    http://www.crashutah.com/blog/juanchito/2006/06/30/espn-360-free-july-1-july-19-all-world-cup-matches-online-free/

  259. someone said on July 4, 2006 at 7:58 pm

    Just want to say thanks for ESPN360 works in Canada

  260. Ali said on July 5, 2006 at 6:36 pm

    TVuplayer is not working, also there site is down, anybody any idea when it will be up again.

  261. Rino G. said on July 5, 2006 at 7:19 pm

    How do you get ESPN 360 to work in Canada?

  262. Ali said on July 5, 2006 at 7:43 pm

    Hi,

    ESPN 360 is only showing the live event in USA.. can please someone help as i want to watch the second semi final and none is working (i.e. tvuplayer or sopcast).

  263. Lucas Lim said on July 8, 2006 at 11:14 am

    This site provide information on how to stream World Cup online..
    http://www.lucas.md/worldcup.php
    And it’s easy and fast

  264. Romer!can said on July 9, 2006 at 7:52 pm

    I downloaded a number of P2P clients for the final game, but wanted to say thanks for turning me on to TVU, because it’s working “quite okay.”

  265. mr_l_k said on October 3, 2006 at 3:29 pm

    i used a slingbox hosting company in the uk (connected to a sky digbox)

    (i live in spain)