The world is watching. How do you say goal in Chinese?

First off, let me apologize for the lack of postings and failure to answer e-mails and comments. Three words: World Cup fatigue. I’ve also recently breached this blog’s monthly bandwidth allocation but Ploghost‘s Abe Olandres helped me keep this site up. If you ever need a Philippine web hosting company, Ploghost should be your first choice.

From PinoyPress comes this link to a New York Times article: “The World’s Watching – and, Perhaps, Cheering.” Journalist Carlos Conde was quoted in the article as saying: “If there’s anything that can be said of my country, it’s never crazy about football. Basketball, yes, as you know, but not football. There’s absolutely no buzz here.”

Football, sadly, isn’t as popular here in the Philippines as it is in the rest of the world but over the years, its popularity has grown in the island I now call home, Cebu. With live broadcast of matches restricted to pay-per-view channels, I’ve been catching some of the matches through Internet TV, using the TVUPlayer.

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Watching World Cup matches online

I finally got to try watching a World Cup game online last night and boy was I blown away. Four years ago, the only option for people who can’t leave the office to view the games in a bar or hotel broadcasting the matches was to monitor the latest scores in text-based websites.

Yesterday, I watched the end of the Australia-Japan match and the start of the United States-Czech Republic encounter via peer-to-peer Internet broadcast of the ESPN 2 feed and the quality was great. (Click on photos to view larger images) It’s a bit better than the quality you get from YouTube and Google videos. You can get the application here. You can also check my previous post on other options in watching the games online.

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Early tomorrow morning, Brazil plays its first match. It will be against Croatia. I’m stocking up on junk food and start praying our Mediocre Electric Company (Meco) in Mactan Island, Cebu doesn’t act up again and cut power to our subdivision. We have been suffering frequent blackouts lately. On second thought, I might just watch the games in Marriot or any of those bars in Cebu City broadcasting the matches.

The beautiful game, online

The World Cup opened last week and many football fans are losing sleep keeping up with the games. I know I am. Live matches aren’t available on my cable TV provider but another company is offering live World Cup matches for a one-time fee. What I watch at home are replays of the games broadcast the next day.

Online, the tools of dissent are helping football fans access the BBCs streaming video coverage of the games, erstwhile limited to UK residents. Public and anonymous proxies used to help dissidents in repressive countries access censored content allow you to view the coverage of the British broadcaster, which is also blogging the event. Here’s a great tip from In another post, GHacks suggests using TUVPlayer and connecting to ESPN2. I might try it out later tonight.

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