When the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil, the world will see what is shaping up to be the most important soccer tournament in decades.
While it won’t be televised live on television, the final will be streamed online.
CBC News is launching a new streaming service called CBC Play, offering viewers the opportunity to watch live video from around the world and hear from broadcasters and pundits as they preview the games.
CBC Play will be available on the CBC website, in apps, on mobile devices and through mobile apps and connected TV devices.
It’s not the first time Canadians will be able to stream their favorite soccer matches online.
In 2017, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation announced that it was bringing live coverage of the final to Canada’s TV stations, allowing people to watch their favourite team play in front of an audience of millions of Canadians.
CBC has partnered with the Canadian Football League (CFL) to bring fans the best live soccer coverage in North America.
CBC Sports has also streamed a wide range of events over the past few years, including the MLS Cup, the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Major League Soccer (MLS), the Olympics and more.
The live streaming service will launch with the first games of the 2018 World Cup scheduled to take place in March 2019.
CBC Canada will be bringing live, original programming to Canadians for the first half of the tournament, starting with the Group B matches.
This will include the semifinals and knockout rounds, plus the Group D matches and the quarterfinals.
CBC’s live coverage will be enhanced with exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes videos and special events.
As part of the streaming service, CBC Play users will be given access to the CBC Sports app for free, allowing them to stream the matches and watch highlights.
CBC will also offer additional features for users, including a live stream of the Group C matches.
The new streaming app will launch on Tuesday, March 16 and will cost $7.99 per month.
The streaming service has a wide selection of programming, including highlights from all five group stage games, as well as the semifinals, quarterfinals, semis, finals and knockout round.
The CBC Play app will include exclusive access to live games from the World Cups final, which will be held on June 5 in Vancouver, Canada.
CBC Sport has a number of sports coverage packages, including live highlights from the men’s World Cups, the women’s World Rugby Championship and the women�s men�s rugby World Cup.
The 2017 and 2018 World Cups featured the highest viewership numbers for a single event in CBC’s history.
The World Cup final was watched by an estimated one billion people in Canada, while the U.S. Women�s World Cup drew an estimated 3.3 billion viewers.
The total viewership of the 2017 men�S World Cup was nearly 3 billion, while women�S men� World Cup averaged 2.9 billion.
The 2015 World Cup in Brazil attracted more than 6.3 million viewers.
“The World Cup is going to be a big part of our lives in Canada and around the globe, and we are excited to provide this service to Canadians,” said Marc Coderre, President and CEO of CBC.
“CBC Play will give fans access to all of our World Cup coverage, including in-game and online content, along with exclusive in-depth interviews with all the players, commentators and coaches.
It will also be a great opportunity for Canadian broadcasters to connect with their audiences and get the best soccer coverage.”
CBC has been expanding its reach across Canada in recent years, opening up new markets in the United States and Canada, and now offering a streaming service in English and Spanish.
The service also will have the capability to offer Canadian TV broadcasters a streaming option, while bringing a digital version of the channel to Canadian mobile devices.
“We are thrilled to partner with CBC to offer the most compelling and comprehensive World Cup content available anywhere on the web,” said Brian Murphy, Vice President, Sports & Leisure for Rogers Communications.
“With this exciting launch, we are making it easier for Canadians to enjoy the action with the right apps and content.”
This is the third time in a year that the World Rugby has hosted a World Cup event, following in 2015 and 2016.
The 2018 Rugby World Cup will be the first one in Canada since 1995.
CBC was the first broadcaster to carry the 2015 Rugby World Women’s Championship in Montreal, while CBC Sports carried the men�-specific World Rugby Women��s Championship in Halifax in 2018.