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Move over, Univision: ESPN's got the World Cup, too

Not be outdone by Spanish-language Univision, which is using its family of broadcast and cable networks to Worldcuplogo show all 64 of this summer's World Cup soccer matches in high-def, ESPN -- which has the American English-language rights to the tournament -- says it will do the same. ESPN plans 230 hours of live high-def Cup coverage, including all the games: 44 on ESPN, 10 on ESPN 2, and 10 on ABC. (And 52 will be streamed live at ESPN360.com.) Here's the complete schedule.

UPDATE: "Actually, ESPN doesn't have just the English-language rights in the U.S., but the rights to all languages other than Spanish," advises a pal of mine at the network. "There are plans to provide Korean, German, Italian [and other} feeds for some games to niche markets. So if you have the right access you may have a choice of language in which you can watch the game."


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