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How to Watch the CrossFit Games

Published on Mon, 2014-07-21 13:00
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The Games will be broadcast to ESPN on Friday night, and ESPN2 on Saturday and Sunday.

 

We’re proud to announce the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games will be broadcast each night on ESPN or ESPN2, and streamed all day on ESPN3.

In addition, the fourth annual series of post-production shows, covering the entirety of the CrossFit Games, are scheduled to debut this fall.

Turn on your TV to watch the CrossFit Games on ESPN this Friday from 6-7 p.m. PT, and move over to ESPN2 to watch on Saturday and Sunday nights--5-7 p.m. PT on Saturday, and 5-6 p.m. PT on Sunday.

All day long, every heat of every event for masters, teams and individuals will be carried on ESPN3, ESPN's live multi-screen sports network.

ESPN3 is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast (via the WatchESPN app), Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Like the regional coverage, these streams will be complete with commentary from CrossFit experts like 2009 CrossFit Games champion Tanya Wagner and perennial Southern California Regional competitor Bill Grundler.

The same coverage streamed on ESPN3 of the masters and team competitions will be available on Games.CrossFit.com. Fans from outside of the United States will also be able to stream the individual competition directly from the Games site.

Where to Go

International Viewers

Come to Games.CrossFit.com. The complete coverage of masters, teams and individuals will be streamed here for viewers from outside of the United States.

Domestic Viewers (United States)

Go to WatchESPN.com to log in, if your cable package includes ESPN and its related outlets. (See the complete list of ESPN3 Participating Providers.) ESPN3 will offer complete coverage of the masters, teams and individuals for domestic viewers.

If you don’t have access to ESPN3, you will still be able to watch all of the masters and teams on Games.CrossFit.com. 

Chromecast

Stream the CrossFit Games to a big-screen TV using Google Chromecast.

If you can’t make it to the CrossFit Games, the next best experience is a viewing party with box mates to watch the action live on a big-screen TV. If you have yet to set up a TV in your home or box for Games viewing, now is the time. No more huddling in front of the computer or passing around the iPad.

CrossFit Games events stream live on YouTube and ESPN3 in 1080p with quality comparable to HD cable or satellite channels. You will need four things to watch on your big screen:

•    An HD TV with an available HDMI port.

•    A wifi network with reasonable Internet speed.

•    A US$35 Google Chromecast streaming media player.

•    An Android or Apple mobile device to control the Chromecast player.

Here are the steps:

1. Acquire a Chromecast media player. Chromecast is a small dongle-shaped device that plugs into your TV and is available from Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Google-Chromecast-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B00DR0PDNE/) and most electronics retailers.

2. Plug the Chromecast player into an available HDMI port on your TV, and plug the included USB cable into a wall charger or into the USB port on the TV. (The USB cable powers the Chromecast dongle.)

3. Download the Chromecast install app onto your Android or Apple mobile device, run the app, and follow the instructions. This is a one-time procedure to put the Chromecast player on your wifi network in order to stream video.

4. Update the YouTube app on your Android or Apple mobile device, or download it, and check that your device is on the same wifi network as the Chromecast player.

5. Navigate to the official CrossFit YouTube channel from within the YouTube app on your mobile device and select the live stream (or archived content) you wish to watch. Current live streams will appear at the top of the video list within the CrossFit YouTube channel.

6. “Cast” the video onto the TV by touching the rectangular TV icon from within the YouTube app and choosing Chromecast for output. This will instruct the Chromecast player to begin streaming the selected video content directly to the TV. From this point forward, the controls in the YouTube app will act as a remote control for Chromecast to play, pause, rewind (etc.).

7. Enjoy.

Notes

A. Full info on Chromecast is available at google.com/chromecast.

B. For U.S. viewers watching the Games on ESPN3, the WatchESPN mobile app is Chromecast enabled. This means you can “cast” content to your TV via Chromecast in the same manner as with the YouTube app. The full list of Chromecast-enabled apps is at google.com/chrome/devices/chromecast/apps.html .

C. Additional options for watching CrossFit content on TV include Apple TV (YouTube app on iOS using AirPlay is the best experience) and the YouTube apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, PlayStation, YouTube-enabled Smart TVs and other media-streaming devices.

And More

The daily broadcasts on ESPN and all-day online streaming aren’t the only ways to follow the CrossFit Games.

Starting Wednesday night, we will release shows called “The Day at the Games” on Games.CrossFit.com. Hosts Sean Woodland and Rory McKernan, and analysts Pat Sherwood, Caity Henniger and Tommy Marquez, will break down all of the action both on and off the field.

Also on the Games site, you will be able to watch as CrossFit Games Director Dave Castro announces the Games events.

The CrossFit Games Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts will deliver play-by-play, behind the scenes photos and video clips, premiere coverage and more.

Updated July 24, 2014: The live broadcast of the CrossFit Games has been shifted from ESPN to ESPN2 on Saturday night.

 

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