All You Need To Know To Watch The World Cup Online

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 13, 2010
Updated • Dec 22, 2012
Music and Video

The football Word Cup in South Africa kicked off last Friday. We have already seen a few surprises when favorites like England or France could not beat their opponents in their opening games.

TV stations in most countries of the world show the games live but there might be some countries where not all games are shown, or where a pay-tv station broadcasts the football games. Watching the Fifa world cup online can also be the last resort for users who do not have access to a TV which is the case for most work environments for instance.

The following guide explains how to watch the world cup online. Streaming media has bandwidth requirements. A broadband Internet connection is recommended to view the sports event online.

Step 1: Finding out which channels and programs are needed

Each world cup match is broadcasted in several channels which are accessible in various freely available programs. That sounds complicated at first but it is not the case. The best website to get a match listing is MyP2P which is offering all the information needed to find the game, channel and program. The website lists all of the games on their overview pages.

world cup online
world cup online

A click on the TV icon at the right of each match will open the page for that match listing all TV channels and programs that are broadcasting it live on the Internet.

watch world cup
watch world cup

Channels are displayed with the language of the commentary, signal quality, bitrate and program needed to watch. It is recommended to find a native TV channel first and fall back to the always working Chinese channels if none of the native ones work. Here is a list of programs that are often needed to view live football.

TV Streaming programs

Some broadcasts can be watched in Windows Media Player, embedded on websites or in other media players. Some will not be working properly, if that is the case just switch to another station.

Each MyP2P station listing offers a Play link. Clicking on that link will either load the TV channel in the installed software program, media player or on another website where the stream is embedded. It is highly recommended to install the program before clicking on links that require tv streaming programs.

world cup live
world cup live
football live streamtorrent
football live streamtorrent

The quality of the stream depends largely on its bitrate, the source and the connected users. A higher bitrate on the other hand requires a faster Internet connection. It is usually a good idea to switch tv stations if the image quality is bad or if it requires lots of buffering.

And that's how you can watch the world cup online. Do you have additional tips, programs or websites that can be used to watch it online? Let us know in the comment section.

Update: MyP2P is no more, check out these alternatives.


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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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