How to Watch the 2010 World Cup Live

Catch live audio or video of the FIFA World Cup on your iPhone

The 2010 FIFA World Cup starts in South Africa is underway, and the soccer (or football, for our international readers) frenzy is in full swing. We've already covered the best World Cup apps, but now that the tournament is set to begin, we're focused on how we'll catch the matches at work or on the go. Each of these apps offers live audio or video of the 2010 World Cup -- right from your iPhone. 

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Sirius/XM Radio Premium App

The Sirius/XM Radio app (Free) also has live audio of the World Cup, but there's no video, unfortunately. According to a press release, Sirius/XM will broadcast each of the 64 matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. If games are played simultaneously, additional channels will be added so you won’t miss a thing. While the iPhone app is free, you’ll still need a Sirius/XM subscription (which ranges from US$9.99 to US$16.99 a month), plus a premium online upgrade for $2.99 a month. 

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Univision Futbol App

If you speak Spanish, Univison’s Futbol app (Free) is a pretty comprehensive source for World Cup news and videos. The app has a dedicated section for World Cup coverage, and will offer results and live gamecasts once the tournament gets underway. The app doesn’t specify if you’ll be able to watch every World Cup match, but Univision will also be streaming live World Cup games on their football website. The app also supports push notifications for breaking news and score alerts. 

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MobiTV (Free) offers live and on-demand TV programming from over 35 channels. Most importantly for soccer fans, the MobiTV app broadcasts ESPN Mobile TV so you can catch live coverage of the World Cup this summer. Unfortunately, you don’t get live World Cup video for free -- you’ll have to sign up for a MobiTV subscription for US$9.99 a month (three- and six-month packages are also available). MobiTV is only compatible with the iPhone, so iPod touch and iPad users are out of luck for now. 

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ESPN Radio App

As an alternative, the ESPN Radio app (US$2.99) has live streaming audio of the World Cup. This is a great app even if you’re not a soccer fan, and even though it costs money, it’s worth having just for the other sports coverage. The app offers live radio coverage of every World Cup match once the tournament starts, but you'll have to pay a one-time fee of US$4.99 to gain access. There are also daily podcasts, SportsCenter broadcasts, and popular ESPN radio shows. 

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2010 FIFA World Cup iPhone App

ESPN’s official 2010 FIFA World Cup app (Free) offers live audio streams of the tournament. You'll have to pay a one-time fee of US$7.99 (via an in-app purchase) to gain access to the live audio. The app also has team profiles, news, venue information, and a fantasy bracket predictor. Once the tournament starts, the ESPN app will include photos and breaking news alerts.