Over the next fortnight, Aussie football fanatics will be able to watch the entire 2014 World Cup via SBS' On-Demand app. Not just the main matches, or the ones that Australia is taking part in — but every single game. All you need is an internet connection and one of the following devices.
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SBS On Demand will be streaming every single match with the choice of six different user-selectable camera angles for live streaming and replays. You can also pause and rewind live matches.
Today, Sony announced that the SBS On-Demand app is available for its flagship PS4 console. This means you'll be able to stream every World Cup match on your big screen TV with your PS4 controller.
Kotaku editor and soccer nut Mark Serrels is suitably excited by the announcement, as evidenced by his own post on the topic:
SBS has the rights for all of the World Cup. ALL OF IT. I can wake up in the morning and watch matches that took place while I was sleeping. I literally cannot believe it. The future is here. I am about to shed tears of actual joy.
If you don't own a PlayStation 4, there's no reason to despair: the SBS On-Demand app is also available on select smartphones and tablets, the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360, smart TVs and practically any internet-enabled device with access to a browser.
Here is the full list of devices that support SBS On-Demand:
- Online at www.sbs.com.au/ondemand
- iOS (iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch)
- Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One
- Sony PlayStation 3 and PS4
- Windows 8
- Sony internet-enabled TVs & Blu-ray players
- LG internet-enabled TVs
- Samsung internet-enabled TVs & Blu-ray players
- Panasonic internet-enabled TVs
- Hisense internet-enabled TVs
- Humax set top boxes
- Windows Phone 7 & 8
- Selected Samsung smart phones and tablets running Android OS 4.0+ and above
- Fetch TV set top boxes with Internode, iiNet, or Optus
- TCL internet-enabled TVs
- Selected Android smart phones and tablets running Android OS 4.03 and above Kindle devices (2nd and 3rd Generation)
For most people, the simplest solution is to use an Xbox 360 or PS3, as these are already connected to your TV and can be controlled from the couch with zero hassle. (That's assuming you want a big screen experience, of course.) For phone and tablet users, it's obviously important to make sure you're using home WiFi as opposed to churning through mobile data.
If you'd like to stick to traditional broadcasting methods, SBS still has you (mostly) covered. The majority of matches will be screened live on either SBS ONE, SBS HD and SBS 2. For more information about SBS On Demand, check out our World Cup streaming guide.