Watch World Cup Online: Where and How

The FIFA World 2018 is right around the corner with the tournament kicking off this Thursday 14 June at 17.00 o'clock. And, if you’re not one of the lucky few heading to Russia for the opening match that sees the host nation facing off against Saudi Arabia, you’ll probably be looking for a way to watch all the action. If you don’t have a television or are currently on the road exploring the world, not to worry. This is the 21st century after all, and with the advent of online TV and all the devices it can be beamed too, there are plenty of alternatives. So, before we get our boots on, flags out and decide who we’re going to root for, let’s have a look at some of the best places to watch World Cup online. Here goes.

Streaming in the United States States



For those of you living Stateside, FOX owns the rights to the World Cup. This means that all the games broadcasted are going to air on FOX. So, if you want to watch World Cup online, you’re going to need to find streaming platforms that include FOX. A great place to start is DirectTV. For $ 35 a month you can access their Live a Little bundle which includes FOX Sports 1. If you’d rather watch all the action in Spanish, not to worry, the bundle also includes Spanish language channel Telemundo. They too will be showing the matches. If you’re not sure about signing up, rest easy knowing that DirectTV offers a seven-day free trial.
 
Alternatively, also worth checking out are SlingTV, Fubo, Hulu, and YoutubeTV. All three of these options offer bundles that include FS1 with some of them also including Universo. Prices vary between $ 40 and 45 and many offer streaming services on tablets and phones for both iOS and Android.
 

Streaming in the United Kingdom

 

For football fans in the UK, the World Cup is available on two free-to-air channels. The BBC and ITV. Coverage of the tournament is going to be split between the two channels, with 33 matches being shown on the BBC and the remaining on ITV. Both channels offer online services. The BBC has iPlayer and ITV, ITV Hub. So, to stay up to date with all the fancy footwork be sure to head there.  
 
If having to constantly switch between two websites to check which channel is hosting what game feels like too much work, then check out TVplayer. TVplayer offers access to all free-to-air channels in the UK on one platform. It also offers a paid subscription that provides access to non-free-to-air channels. It’s accessible on mobiles and tablets but does require Adobe Flash Player enabled webpage and Windows 10 or later.

Using VPN

 

If you’re based in a country outside the States or the UK and are still wondering how to watch World Cup 2018, then consider a VPN. A VPN allows you to set your location to, for example, the UK, where all the games will air for free. NordVPN is a great shout and really easy to use. And, means you can forget about asking “what channel is the FIFA World Cup on?” Just set up an account, log on, set your location and off you go, football time.

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