As any football, or rather soccer, fan knows, some of the most avid soccer fans and watchers in the world are Spanish speakers. Whether talking about those living at home in locations around Latin America or those living abroad or in the United States, during the months of June and July of 2010 many will be rallying around certain bars, restaurants, apartments, houses, and more importantly television sets to watch World Cup matches and cheer on their home countries. This year, all of the matches will be available to watch in the US, not only in Spanish, but in high definition on ESPN and Univision. With 64 matches to watch that adds up to a whole lot of football, or soccer, action!
When it comes to the World Cup, a person who wants to see every last bit of every match, practice and news coverage can be glued to the television for somewhere around 10 hours a day. Luckily, satellite TV is covering every one of these 10 hours on a daily basis and airing World Cup matches in countries like Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. From the matches themselves to information on the World Cup venues, cities, practices and stadiums, the coverage is more than complete, and completely bilingual just by making a channel change.
Known for its complete sports coverage, ESPN was not about to sell itself short during this World Cup. In addition to television coverage, Latin American and Spanish speaking fans are able to go online for a full world of multi-channel statistics and interactive applications that all focus in on the 2010 World Cup events. In addition to being able to catch the matches online, viewers can access real-time information, news coverage and statistics.
If watching on regular satellite TV, any soccer fan will have probably noticed how greatly improved the picture is over a match shown on cable or online. With matches not only in high definition but 3D, it’s impossible to miss a detail as long as you’re watching ESPN! With 3D coverage soccer fans are able to catch much more of the World Cup than ever before, without having to buy a plane ticket to South Africa, or an insanely expensive entrance ticket to a World Cup match. Now, between the television, internet, and ESPN radio, fans also have their choice of a whole host of languages, and full hi-def coverage in Spanish. Keep in mind, however, that viewers must have the special 3D glasses and television set to view programming, and should inquire with their television provider for more information on obtaining either or, or both. In addition to Spanish, many television broadcast games will be available in Arabic, German, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese.
The world of 3D seems to be growing increasingly. Due to an improvement in the technology (that doesn’t strain eyes or make heads ache quite as much as the old blue and red cellophane glasses) and the new availability of the technology, more viewers than ever are enjoying live action matches that make them feel like they’re right in the heart of the action. It will, however, be many years until such technology becomes the prevalent form of television viewing. For now, many are content to enjoy soccer in their own language with the great picture quality they are getting through their own, home theater systems.