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June 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

ESPN said on Thursday that its online World Cup coverage of the U.S.–Germany match reached 1.7 million viewers — about twice the number who watched the U.S.-Russia hockey game online during the Winter Olympics. The figure came just hours after the sports channel reported that the first half of the U.S.–Germany game reached 1.4 million and acknowledged many buffering interruptions in the streaming video for some viewers. With so many concurrent viewers accessing its website, ESPN said, it was investigating "some limited issues due to unprecedented demand." The ESPN streaming service is only available to cable and satellite subscribers. For those who don’t subscribe to a cable or satellite service, there’s always Spanish-language Univision, which also carried the U.S.–Germany match online. Another record is expected to be set on Tuesday for the match between the U.S. and Belgium.