Team USA may have flunked its way out of World Cup qualifications, but plenty of Americans will still turn on the biggest sporting event in the globe when it kicks off on Thursday, June 14 and runs until July 15.
Got footy fever but prefer to stream your entertainment? Here’s what you need to know.
Fox Sports holds the English-language rights to broadcast World Cup 2018 in the United States, and will be showing all 64 games live on either Fox or FS1 (Spanish broadcasts come on Telemundo and NBC Universo). and the new Fox Sports app will live-stream .
Fox will offer more than the main match feeds of all games. Plans include team-specific channels for experiences crafted for each country and two feeds with unique visual perspectives: The tactical view will include cameras positioned high above one of the goals and the cable cam view offers a look via a camera suspended over the field. If you missed any of the daily action, along with game replays and highlight packages online at Fox Sports or within their app, Fox has partnered with Twitter and Snapchat to show goals, behind-the-scenes highlights and game recaps.
However, like most such services, Fox’s require a login to prove that you’re a TV subscriber. If you don’t have a cable subscription (and can’t get a login from a friend or relative), you have a few options.
One choice could be to buy, at least temporarily, one of the new kinds of streaming packages out there:
- The option, which includes a monthly $35 Live a Little option that carries the two Fox stations and Telemundo.
- The $45 monthly access includes all four stations showing action, plus the Fox Sports bonus feeds. A current promotion grants subscribers a few month if they purchase a new Roku device.
- Hulu with and PlayStation Vue both have $40 plans with the two Fox stations and Telemundo.
- TV’s Blue plan, at $25 per month, gets you both the Fox channels.
- is also in on the mix in some markets, covering all four channels for $40 per month.
As with any of the providers, double-check to ensure they offer the Fox channels you want live in your television market before you sign up for the service.
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