Where were you watching the World Cup over the weekend?

Two pre-tournament surveys showed that most people were planning to watch all the action from Brazil at home, but ITV Player going down during the opening match shows that doesn’t mean it isn’t being watched online…

Where have you been watching the first four days of the World Cup? According to two surveys conducted before Brazil 2014 kicked off last Thursday, you're most likely to have been watching it at home, despite on-the-go-TV now being widespread.

Over 40% of people in the UK were planning to watch the World Cup at home with family, just under 25% at home alone and just under 20% at home with friends, according to a survey of 2,000 people conducted as part of an independent study by Samsung Electronics UK.

Another study also found most of us were set to enjoy the action from the comfort of our own sofa - 95% of those quizzed by research company MMR Research Worldwide said they'd be watching games at home.

This is surprising given that this is the first World Cup you can watch from pretty much anywhere, with mobile networks offering the internet speeds and the latest smartphones and tablets offering the displays to watch matches in as much quality as you get at home.

However, according to MMR Research Worldwide, while those aged between 16 and 34 are more likely to watch games live on a phone, tablet, computer or internet-connected TV than other age groups, they were still mainly planning to watch matches on TV.

While people may be mainly watching the World Cup at home, they're not necessarily watching it via traditional TV - there were technical problems with ITV's online TV service ITV Player during the opening game between Brazil and Croatia due to "unprecedented numbers of users".

If you're planning to watch every match at home on TV - which is what we're planning to do - you might be struggling to make it home for the 5pm kick-offs if you're working, or miss an entire evening's worth of World Cup if you've got a social engagement you can't get out of.

This is where both BBC iPlayer and ITV Player are your buddies. You can catch up on any match you miss using these, and you can do that on your TV instead of balancing your tablet on your knees if you've got BT, Sky, TalkTalk or Virgin Media TV.

And if you haven't, don't want to commit to a long-term TV contract, but like the idea of being able to see the action you've missed on your big screen, you can now get BBC iPlayer and ITV Player on the NOW TV Box, which'll set you back less than a tenner.

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