Euro Cup 2012: Best Places To Watch Online

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Today rolls out the opening matches of Euro Cup 2012. Do you know what that means? Work productivity around the globe is going to slow down because this is one of the best soccer (football) tournaments on the planet. (Second, of course, to the World Cup.) Nothing can beat a competition where it’s country versus country. 16 European nations will be competing. Even non-European fans can avidly follow the matches.

Here’s how you can enjoy Euro Cup 2012 online.

GO LEGIT

ESPN3.com is your ambassador to all the Euro 2012 matches. No need to be by your computer; in the age of the smartphone and iPad, you can watch your favorite teams compete on every damn device you own. ESPN is the sole rights-holder for the tourney in the U.S. If you’re a subscriber, ESPN3 will simply ask you to log in with your cable provider account – and then you’re good to go. (Or good to gooooaaaallll) From your smartphone, it’s a snap; ESPN has extended access to its WatchESPN app for iOS and Android, Buya!

GO LESS LEGIT

Anything can be found on the InterWeb – if you search hard enough. (I watched the crap movie The Dictator on my laptop the same day it opened in theaters,)  How does it work? A host of websites tap illicitly into satellite streams and offer several different links feeds. Caution: when checking out these sites, you’re entering a sketchy world filled with popup pages, overlay ads, NSFW images and possible viruses. (You might end up with Internet herpes.)

Start by doing a Google search for “streaming football online.” Your results will harvest such sites as FreeFootball.org and 12thPlayer.com, (We have a fav – but would rather keep it top secret so it won’t get shut down.) These sites are best viewed on your computer; you’ll have Flash video issues on your smartphone and iPad. Replays aren’t shown on these sites – so your best bet is to download torrented game captures. Check out services such as The Pirate Bay or Demonoid for captured game videos, in formats ranging from AVI to full HD-quality .ts MPEG Transport Stream rips.

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