Flash Powers Live Streaming of the World Cup on ESPN3.com

Soccer fans – are you trying to figure out how to watch the World Cup games live?

The World Cup kicked off this morning, and with all 64 of this year’s games happening on South African time, viewers either need to set their DVRs to overdrive, or for those not wanting to wait to see it when they get home, capture the action live via online video.

is streaming more than 80% of World Cup games live in Flash (see the full line-up here). They recently relaunched their online media player, which is powered by the Flash Platform, and uses Flash Media Server 3.5 for live dynamic streaming, and based on the Open Source Media Framework.

The ESPN3.com player has many great features designed for World Cup watching, several of which are first of their kind on this massive scale:

  • Close captioning displays live text about the games as they happen, a rarity for live video
  • Real-time highlights with highlight markers allow viewers to zoom to important plays without sacrificing the live action
  • Multiple language versions offer the ability to follow your team in the original broadcast language
  • Adaptive bitrate empowered by FMS 3.5 Live Dynamic Streaming ensures optimal video quality based on available bandwidth and performance
  • Picture-in-Picture and Multi-View enable viewers to watch multiple games simultaneously in the packed live schedule


Want to know more? Read more about the technology behind the World Cup’s online video destination in Jens Loeffler’s blog post. Happy World Cup watching!