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ESPN Sets Online Streaming Records in U.S. vs. Germany World Cup Soccer Match

27 Jun, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel, Chris Tribbey

The United States men’s national soccer team may have lost 1-0 to Germany in final group play at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but ESPN again emerged a winner. The exclusive English-language broadcaster to the quadrennial event, saw a record 1.7 million viewers stream the June 26 match on WatchESPN — surpassing the number of concurrent viewers who streamed the Super Bowl in February.

With the match taking place at noon on a work day, the number of viewers attempting to watch online apparently caused the app to crash momentarily. ESPN, which attributed the glitch in part to “unprecedented demand,” released a statement saying it was investigating the issue.

Separately, Univision Digital, which holds the Spanish-language rights in North America, saw a record 750,000 concurrent streams — and no technical issues.

ESPN and ESPNFC.com generated a record 19.5 million and 7.8 million unique visitors, respectively, during the match in which both Germany and the U.S. advanced to the 16-team knockout round. The U.S next plays Belgium July 1, with the winner advancing and the loser going home.

Meanwhile, ESPN said more than 10.7 million viewers watched the U.S. battle the favored Germans, which was the third-highest tally for a men’s World Cup. Team USA’s thrilling draw with Portugal remains the most-watched men’s World Cup match on ESPN with more than 18.2 million viewers, followed by USA vs. Ghana, which generated 11 million viewers.


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