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How to watch the World Cup on your iPhone and iPad

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Later this afternoon, all of the world's attention will turn towards soccer as the 2014 World Cup kicks off, rather appropriately, in Brazil. The festivities will begin on EPSN with Brazil matching up against Croatia at 4:00 PM Eastern Time.

Over the next month, there will be 64 games for fans to enjoy. Most of the matches set to air on either ESPN or ESPN2 (a few matches on the weekend will be broadcast on ABC).

If you're located in the U.S., there's thankfully no obscene time difference with Brazil as there was last time when the Cup was held in South Africa. As such, most games will kick off between Noon and 6 PM Eastern Time, meaning that most folks stateside will be at work.

So what's a soccer fan to do? Well, rest easy my friends. Soccer heads can catch all of the World Cup action live as it happens on ESPN's WatchESPN app available as a free download from the App Store.

There is, however, a caveat. Only users with certain cable providers will be able to login and enjoy the streaming action.

Pre-approved cable providers include AT&T U-verse, BEK TV, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, DISH, Cox, Google Fiber, Midcontinent Communications, Optimum, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Yadtel Telecom, and The Walt Disney Company.

That should cover most cable subscribers, but conspicuously absent from the list is DirecTV.

You can check out the full World Cup schedule over here on Fifa's website.

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