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World Cup 2010 – how to watch it again and again

The best way to archive all of England's victories
Watching football on TV

The World Cup kicks off in less than a week, and many football fans will be glued to their TVs at the expense of their jobs, health and relationships. There’s no substitute for watching live football, but if you can’t move that meeting or reschedule that date, then a PVR or DVD recorder may be just the ticket.

There will be 64 World Cup matches played over the next month, which is 5,760 minutes of televisual pleasure (not taking into account extra time, half-time analysis or any dreaded penalty shoot outs). You’ll need around 200GB of memory to archive this entire sporting festival – and that’s only in standard definition.

Watch the World Cup 2010 in HD

This year, viewers will be able to watch the beautiful game in high definition (HD) without a subscription. Fans with satellite dishes can watch HD games on Freesat, and those in Freeview HD areas will be able to watch the games in HD providing they have bought a Freeview HD set-top box or a Freeview HD TV.

A single game will take up just over 8GB of memory in HD, but to record all the games in HD you’ll need around 530GB. Some of the largest PVRs that Which? has reviewed stretch to 500GB, so to truly archive the entire World Cup in HD then you might want to consider burning it to Blu-ray discs.

Best Buy recording from TV options

You’ll need around 11 dual-layer Blu-ray discs to record the whole of the World Cup in high definition; in standard definition, however, somewhere in the region of 43 discs will be required to squeeze on all those minutes.

Even if you don’t want to record every minute of the tournament, but you don’t want to miss any of your, or your other half’s favourite programmes, then you should check out our Best Buy options for recording from TV.

  • PVR (personal video recorder) reviews
  • Freeview and Freesat set-top box reviews
  • DVD and Blu-ray recorder reviews

And for a truly world-class viewing experience, you’ll need the best TV available to watch the World Cup on. Which? has been lab-testing TVs for 50 years so knows how to tell a good TV from a bad one. Find out which TV is the best for watching the World Cup 2010 here.

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