US World Cup game pushes ESPN past Super Bowl streaming record

ESPN’s streaming service, WatchESPN, hit a record concurrent viewership of 1.7 million people yesterday during the second half of the USA’s World Cup game against Germany. The previous record was set by Super Bowl XLVIII, which hit a peak concurrent viewership of 1.1 million on Fox’s streaming service, Fox Sports Go, earlier this year.

The number of people using WatchESPN, either through app or browser, was so great that some users were unable to log on to the service until minutes into the game. In comparison to the Super Bowl numbers, WatchESPN’s concurrent viewership suggests a huge upswing in US interest in its men’s national soccer team — but there are some caveats.

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