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World Cup: TV? iPhone? iPad? What you'll need to watch USA-Belgium today

Jermaine Jones celebrates after scoring in the United States' group stage match against Portugal at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. [Getty Images]

Jermaine Jones celebrates after scoring in the United States' group stage match against Portugal at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. [Getty Images]

Team USA plays Belgium today in Salvador, Brazil, as the World Cup switches from a confusing round robin to a more straightforward playoff.

There will be no lose-to-Germany-but-still-advance-to-the-next-round scenario this time. Either the Americans advance to the Round of Eight, or the Belgians do; the loser heads home.

But one aspect of today's game is similar to the U.S. team's final match in group play — it happens at less-than-optimal time for the home television audience. ESPN will air it live at 4 p.m. on the East Coast, 1 p.m. out west.

If you can't get to a TV but have cable or satellite subscription at home that includes ESPN, you may well be able to watch a live Internet video stream for free at WatchESPN.com, or using the WatchESPN app on their phones or tablets — just sign in using a name and password you create with your TV provider.

Fans who can't spend two hours with their eyes glued to a screen can still listen to the game locally on 620-AM or online at ESPNradio.com. Various apps are capable of streaming the radio broadcast on a smartphone or tablet, including ESPN Radio and iTunes Radio in the native Music app on iPhones.

If neither video nor audio is an option for you today, you could always follow the game live at tampabay.com/worldcup.

While heavy rains caused flooding in Recife for Team USA's last game, the forecast for today is much milder — just a 30 percent chance of rain all day, with rain less likely at game time. Forecasts call for 77 degree temperatures, sunny skies and light wind at game time.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

World Cup: TV? iPhone? iPad? What you'll need to watch USA-Belgium today 07/01/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:45pm]

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