There are plenty of ways to watch the 2018 World Cup when the soccer tournament kicks off in Russia on Thursday. And the explosion of streaming options since the last World Cup in Brazil four years ago means you don’t need cable.
Buy an Antenna
The cheapest way to watch is to purchase an OTA antenna for your TV to get the local Fox and Telemundo channels.
FOMOPOP, which may earn a commission on purchases made through its site, recommends the Mohu Leaf 30 TV Antenna to get a over-the-air channels within 30 miles. It costs about $35 on Amazon. The Mohu Leaf 50 TV Antenna has a 60-mile range for about $60.
You won’t get every match, but you will be able to watch most games in the group stage and knockout rounds.
Subscribe to a Live Streaming Service
One of the biggest changes since the 2014 World Cup is the advent of half a dozen live streaming services that offer broadcast and cable channels.
DirecTV Now also offers a package that includes the full English and Spanish schedule, normally for $60. But it’s offering a special promotion that would give you $25 off a month for three months. A DirecTV package that includes Fox, FS1, and Telemundo that normally costs $35 a month would only cost $10 with the promotion. Adding Universo raises it to $35. You can get all of the games in English, and most of them in Spanish, with Hulu Live and PS Vue for $40-45.
Sling TV ($25) offers the least-expensive option in English, but you won’t get Telemundo, and Fox is only available in 15 markets.
All of the services allow you to stream games on your computer, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Android and iOS devices.
If you miss a game — they’re being broadcast live from Russia — all of the services offer a DVR to record a game or the ability to watch on demand.
For a full review of the streaming services, check out FOMOPOP’s guide to live TV streaming.
This article was prepared by FOMOPOP, in collaboration with Cheddar.
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