The 2014 FIFA World Cup starts this week on June 12th and you can tune in live using your Amazon Fire TV. We’ve uncovered three different ways you can stream all the action. Each method has its pros and cons, so read on to figure out which will work best for your specific circumstances.
Method 1: WatchESPN App
This is the best way to watch the World Cup on the Fire TV. The WatchESPN app for the Fire TV will be streaming all 64 games as ESPN has exclusive rights to air the World Cup in the US. While the app itself is free, you unfortunately cannot use it unless you have an active cable subscription with one of the 14 participating cable providers. If you do not have such a subscription, all hope is not lost. The method by witch to “activate” the app can work in your favor if you have a friend or relative with a cable subscription. When the app is fist launched, it will display an activation code. This activation code needs to be entered at http://es.pn/firetv along with the login & password of the cable subscribers cable account. Since you never have to login within the app itself, you can give your WatchESPN activation code to a friend with a cable subscription and they can activate the app for you without ever having to share their login credentials with you.
Method 2: ITV Player App
ITV is a TV network in the United Kingdom that will be streaming the World Cup live through their Android App. The app is not available in the Amazon Appstore, however it can be sideloaded on the Fire TV. You can download the app using the APK Downloader. Since the app is not optimized for the Fire TV, you will have to use a mouse plugged into the USB port on the back of the Fire TV to use the app. However, the app will detect if you are not in the UK and block the stream so you will have to use a redirecting service to trick the app into thinking you are connecting from the UK. UnoDNS is one such service and is offering 40 day extended free access specifically to help people watch the World Cup. Simply sign up for the free service and visit their devices page to get the DNS values that you need to enter into your Fire TV’s network settings.
Method 3: Univision Deportes App
Univision, an American Spanish language TV network, will be streaming the World Cup live via their Univision Deportes Android app. Like the ITV Player app, this app is also not available in the Amazon Appstore, but it too can be sideloaded by downloading the APK file using the APK Downloader. The app can be controlled with the Fire TV remote, but it appears warped. That’s fine, however, because once you open a video stream in fullscreen, the aspect ratio is corrected and the video is not warped. There is one catch, and it’s a big one. Univision will only be streaming the first 56 games for free. The last 8 games, which encompasses the quarterfinals, semifinals, third place game, and finals, can only be streamed via the Univision app if you have an active cable subscription.
6/13 @ 7:28am A new free app, Afro Sports, has just been released today for the Fire TV. It lists “Live soccer games” as one of its features. We haven’t tried it ourselves yet to see if it streams the World Cup games, but it’s worth a try if the other three options above don’t work out for you.