World Cup breaks massive online streaming record

Fans cheer after the U.S. scored a second goal during the 2014 Brazil World Cup Group G soccer match between Ghana and the U.S. at a viewing party in Hermosa Beach Photo: Image by � Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

World Cup breaks massive online streaming record

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 2, 2014

The 2014 World Cup reaped a recording breaking amount of viewers online as 20 million viewing hours were logged by ESPN's live stream so far. This year's Winter Olympics drew a mere 10.8 million viewing hours by comparison.

"The fact that so many matches are being played during working hours in the United States also has a lot to do with it. Last Thursday's USA-Germany match actually strained some servers -- a smattering of users said the WatchESPN app was inaccessible to them during a portion of the match," reports CNN Money. "ESPN said those issues were 'limited,' and that the match lifted WatchESPN to a new record number of simultaneous viewers -- 1.7 million toward the end of the match."

"Univision has also been live-streaming its Spanish language coverage of the matches. Sunday's Netherlands-Mexico match was streamed by an average of 303,000 viewers and watched via TV by another 10.4 million," further reports CNN Money. "Univision called that not only the 'most-viewed soccer match in Spanish-language television history,' which it was, but also 'the most-viewed telecast' -- of anything! -- 'in Spanish-language television history.'"

ESPN streamed an estimated 1.8 billion live minutes, or 29.8 million hours, throughout its extensive 2014 World Cup coverage in total.