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[Update] HideMyAss, ibVPN and PureVPN offer special discounts for unlocking World Cup streaming. Also, 1tv.ru was added to the list of sites that can be used to watch the games.

This article presents the best options to watch the 2014 World Cup Brazil on TV and online: from accessing TV channels using SopCast to unlocking geo-restricted streaming sites using VPN or DNS services. This is all you need to enjoy the World’s most prestigious football tournament and support your favorite team. By the way, let me know in the comments who you would like to win.

The 2014 competition is the 20th World Cup and takes place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. There are 32 participating teams that will fight for the World Cup trophy. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 cities across Brazil. Sao Paulo will witness the Opening Match on 12 June 2014 while Rio de Janeiro will host the Final.

Before we start, here are some useful links for all football fans:

TV broadcasters list

The 2014 tournament is covered live on TV in more than 100 countries all over the World. You may check the complete list of TV broadcasters on Wikipedia.

2014-World-Cup-TV-Broadcasters

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Are you a fan of the British TV shows? If so, this article is for you. You are going to find the best ways to watch your favorite shows online from UK, US or anywhere in the World.

All the major British channels (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Demand 5) have an important online presence, and they allow people to watch their programmes online. It is the so-called “catch-up service,” and it is free for Internet users in the UK.

For US Internet users, Hulu has a British section that makes available a lot of the BBC shows like South Riding, Scott & Bailey, Small Island, The 39 Steps, London Hospital and many more.

There are also solutions for those located in other parts of the World. Read on!

What you need

To be able to watch TV shows online the most important thing that you need is a broadband Internet connection. Some TV channels have the option to download the shows, but if you want to see them streamed online, then the watching experience is directly proportional to the speed of your Internet connection. Further, you need one of the followings:

  • A computer (Mac/PC) or laptop to play the programmes on your favorite browser.
  • A mobile device on iOS or Android.
  • A gaming device like PlayStation (PS3, PS4) or XBox.
  • A streaming player device: Roku or Google Chromecast.

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Update: Arsenal won the FA CUP 2014 after Hull City had 2 goals ahead. Final score: Arsenal 3 – Hull City 2.

This article presents the available options for watching online the FA Cup Final on May 17, 2014 between Arsenal and Hull City. Also a list of TV broadcasters from all over the World is included.

If you are a fan of the English football or soccer (as the game is called in the United States) then you can not miss the final of the FA Cup, the oldest football competition in the World. Wigan Athletic are the current holders (1-0 against Manchester City in 2013), but in 2014 the cup will go to either Arsenal or Hull City.

FA Cup history and format

The FA Cup or the Football Association Challenge Cup is an annual knockout cup competition, open to all English and Wales teams who compete in Premier League, the Football League and all Steps of the FA National League System, from the largest clubs to the amateur teams.

The competition consists of 14 rounds in a knockout system with pairings for each round drawn at random. Each tie is played as a single leg. A replay is played if a match is drawn. Drawn replays are settled with extra time and penalty shootouts.

FA Cup Finals

The most exciting feature of this competition is the fact that, during the years, many “small” teams have reached the final and, sometimes, they even won it. Here is the complete list of the previous Finals and Winners in The FA Cup.

What team has won the most FA Cup Finals? Take a look to the top 5 winner list:

Club Wins Appearances Last won
Manchester United 11 18 2004
Arsenal 10 17 2005
Tottenham Hotspur 8 9 1991
Liverpool 7 14 2006
Chelsea 7 11 2012

Thus, Arsenal has the chance to get equal to Manchester United at the top of the list!

FA Cup Final 2014

And now … the FA Cup Final 2014! It will take place on May, 17 at 5pm GMT (get your local time here) on Wembley Stadium.

For those interested in statistics: the final can decide the top scorer of the 2014 competition. Matty Fryatt (Hull City) has 4 goals scored and it needs 2 to get to the top. Also, two Arsenal players, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski, with 3 goals each have their chances.
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What is Tunnelblick VPNThis article explains what Tunnelblick is when you need it and how to install/uninstall it. Further, a useful list of VPN providers that allow Tunnelblick connections is included.

If you are running Mac Os you have probably heard people talking about Tunnelblick and how it can be used to set up a VPN connection. You may find below all you need to know about Tunnelblick in order to make the most of it.

What is Tunnelblick?

Tunnelblick is an open source MacOS application that provides secure access to an OpenVPN server. For those of you who don’t know, OpenVPN implements VPN techniques for creating secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections. The server running OpenVPN securely connects the Mac machine to the Internet, bypassing restrictions and censorship.

Tunnelblick is free and comes with easy to use graphic user interface for the control of OpenVPN client and/or server connections. All necessary binaries and drivers, including OpenVPN and tun/tap drivers, are installed and configured by the Tunnelblick VPN package.

What you need to run Tunnelblick

Tunnelblick runs on OS X 10.4 through 10.9.

It is important to understand that it does not provide VPN by itself. It only helps a Mac OS computer to connect to a VPN server.

Thus, you need access to a VPN server with OpenVPN software installed. The OpenVPN server can be:

  • Provided by your company (if you are using it for business purposes). Then you need to get the connection configuration from the network administrator (OpenVPN configuration files: .ovpn / .conf  with the appropriate certificate and key files, or a Tunnel blick VPN Configuration: .tblk file).
  • A server provided by a VPN service (take a look below to a list of recommended VPN providers).
  • A more advanced option is to connect to another computer that you have access to or to a router that acts as VPN server. You may consider ZeroShell or Untangle to configure the computer you want to access or OpenVPN on DD-WRT to configure your router.

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For the 2015 Season take a look to the updated version of this article:

How to Watch Formula 1 Online in 2015

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This article presents several options to watch Formula 1 online: from accessing TV channels using SopCast to unlocking geo-restricted streaming sites using VPN or DNS services. All you need to happily follow your favorite driver and team live during the race.

If you are reading this post you are probably a F1 fan and you are eager to see how the latest regulations have changed the game. 2014 will be probably very different from the last seasons. Hopefully more interesting, with more drivers competing for the top standings.

The 2014 Formula 1 season consists of 19 races, starting in Australia on 16th of March and ending in Abu Dhabi on 23rd of November.

Before we start, here are some useful links for all F1 fans:

TV broadcasters list

In 2014, Formula 1 is covered live on TV in more than 50 countries and regions including US, UK, Germany, India, Middle East, and South America. Many of the broadcasters are showing all practice sessions, qualifying and the race.

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