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3 Ways to Watch the FIFA World Cup Without Cable

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The 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Qatar on Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. ET with Qatar facing Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium. FOX owns the broadcast rights to all English-language World Cup tournaments, and matches will be aired across FOX and Fox Sports 1.

If you’ve cut the cord and you want to ensure you never miss a match, you’ll need to subscribe to the right streaming service. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the top 3 options for FIFA fans.

When it comes to the best streaming service for watching the FIFA World Cup, it’s tough to pick a winner, because you can get FOX and FS1 with many streaming services. Over the years, the industry has become so competitive. As more and more streaming services enter the arena, each one is forced to up the ante to keep subscribers engaged.

That said, our top pick has to be DirecTV Stream, mainly due to its full coverage of World Cup matches, its impeccable features, and its ability to replace a full cable subscription.

Why DirecTV Stream?

DirecTV Stream is one of the only streaming services that offer a strong selection of Regional Sports Networks that can compete with what you would get with cable.

They know that sports fans are a large number of their subscribers, too. Recently, they seem to be in the process of launching “Sports Mode”.

DirecTV Stream has not yet given details as to what it will entail, but from users’ experiences with it so far, it seems to be a side panel—which you can activate by holding down “OK” on your remote control—that will display live scores of other events, team comparisons, and match stats. This will make for an even better viewing experience for sports fans.

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Top 3 features

DirecTV Stream offers one of the largest channel selections when compared to other streaming services on the market. To get all the World Cup matches, all you need is the cheapest Entertainment package. You’ll get 75+ channels, including tons of live sports channels, news, entertainment, children’s programming, and more. You can plug in your ZIP code to see which Regional Sports Networks are available to you based on where you live.

75+ channels
Stream on unlimited devices at home
Unlimited cloud DVR
Regional sports networks included
105+ Channels
Stream on unlimited devices at home
Unlimited cloud DVR
Regional sports networks included
140+ channels
Stream on unlimited devices at home
Unlimited cloud DVR
Regional sports networks included
150+ channels
Stream on unlimited devices at home
Unlimited cloud DVR

When it comes to features, DirecTV Stream has it down pat. The streaming service offers unlimited Cloud DVR if you subscribe online—you can record up to 30 movies, shows, or sports programs (with certain limitations) at once and watch them on your own time for 9 months.

Finally, DirecTV Stream offers up to 3 simultaneous streams at once for FOX and FS1, whether your device is located within the home or outside of your home network. This makes it perfect to share your subscription with family or friends.

Check out our full review of DirecTV Stream here.

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fuboTV started off as the ultimate soccer-focused streaming service but has since expanded to offer a great selection of live sports channels all around. In fact, it might be the streaming service with the widest range of sports content out there.

100+ Channels
Wide sports coverage
1,000 hours of cloud DVR
3 simultaneous stream
150+ channels
Multiple streams
No hidden fees
All the best sports

You’ll get 80+ channels, but not all of them are sports channels. You’ll find a great selection of entertainment even with just its base package. It also has Telemundo, in case you want to watch the World Cup in Spanish. When it comes to features, you get 4K streaming with even the base package, and FIFA announced they would be streaming select matches (including the final) in 4K/HDR, which will make for a beautiful viewing experience.

Check out our full review of fuboTV here.

Live sports & TV
100+ Channels
Cloud DVR
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Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV is a great streaming service not just for sports fans, but also for the whole family. Its collection of popular Hulu Originals, top shows and movies, and 70+ channels are guaranteed to keep everyone entertained, regardless of their interests.

Award winning Hulu originals
Thousands of shows and movies
Award winning Hulu originals
Thousands of shows and movies
67 Channels
2 simultaneous streams
ESPN and Disney

You’ll get FOX, FS1, and Telemundo, along with a free ESPN+ subscription included in your plan. DVR is unlimited, with recordings saved for up to 9 months. Streaming quality is excellent, with high-quality HD streaming and no buffering to ruin iconic sports moments. Keep in mind, though, that you can only stream on 2 devices at once.

Check out our full review of Hulu + Live TV here.

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More than just Live TV
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November 2011:00 a.m. ETQatar vs. EcuadorA
November 218:00 a.m. ETEngland vs. IranB
November 2111:00 a.m. ETSenegal vs. NetherlandsA
November 212:00 p.m. ETUSA vs. WalesB
November 225:00 a.m. ETArgentina vs. Saudi ArabiaC
November 228:00 a.m. ETDenmark vs. TunisiaD
November 2211:00 a.m. ETMexico vs. PolandC
November 222:00 p.m. ETFrance vs. AustraliaD
November 235:00 a.m. ETMorocco vs. CroatiaF
November 238:00 a.m. ETGermany vs. JapanE
November 2311:00 a.m. ETSpain vs. Costa RicaE
November 232:00 p.m. ETBelgium vs. CanadaF
November 245:00 a.m. ETSwitzerland vs. CameroonG
November 248:00 a.m. ETUruguay vs. South KoreaH
November 2411:00 a.m. ETPortugal vs. GhanaH
November 242:00 p.m. ETBrazil vs. SerbiaG
November 255:00 a.m. ETWales vs. IranB
November 258:00 a.m. ETQatar vs. SenegalA
November 2511:00 a.m. ETNetherlands vs. EcuadorA
November 252:00 p.m. ETEngland vs. USAB
November 265:00 a.m. ETTunisia vs. AustraliaD
November 268:00 a.m. ETPoland vs. Saudi ArabiaC
November 2611:00 a.m. ETFrance vs. DenmarkD
November 262:00 p.m. ETArgentina vs. MexicoC
November 275:00 a.m. ETJapan vs. Costa RicaE
November 278:00 a.m. ETBelgium vs. MoroccoF
November 2711:00 a.m. ETCroatia vs. CanadaF
November 272:00 p.m. ETSpain vs. GermanyE
November 285:00 a.m. ETCameroon vs. SerbiaG
November 288:00 a.m. ETSouth Korea vs. GhanaH
November 2811:00 a.m. ETBrazil vs. SwitzerlandG
November 282:00 p.m. ETPortugal vs. UruguayH
November 2910:00 a.m. ETEcuador vs. SenegalA
November 2910:00 a.m. ETNetherlands vs. QatarA
November 292:00 p.m. ETIran vs. USAB
November 292:00 p.m. ETWales vs. EnglandB
November 3010:00 a.m. ETTunisia vs. FranceD
November 3010:00 a.m. ETAustralia vs. DenmarkD
November 302:00 p.m. ETPoland vs. ArgentinaC
November 302:00 p.m. ETSaudi Arabia vs. MexicoC
December 110:00 a.m. ETCroatia vs. BelgiumF
December 110:00 a.m. ETCanada vs. MoroccoF
December 12:00 p.m. ETJapan vs. SpainE
December 12:00 p.m. ETCosta Rica vs. GermanyE
December 210:00 a.m. ETSouth Korea vs. PortugalH
December 210:00 a.m. ETGhana vs. UruguayH
December 22:00 p.m. ETSerbia vs. SwitzerlandG
December 22:00 p.m. ETCameroon vs. BrazilG

There are plenty of ways you can watch the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup.

Our top choice for watching the FIFA World Cup is DirecTV Stream. Beyond it being a great cable TV replacement, it also offers the most comprehensive suite of Regional Sports Networks of almost any other streaming service, and a ton of other great features for sports fans, like their upcoming “Sports Mode” feature.

We also recommend fuboTV and Hulu + Live TV as other top choices for watching the FIFA World Cup. With either of these options, you’ll get FOX, FS1, Telemundo, and plenty of other live sports channels, so you’ll have full World Cup coverage and tons of other sports events to watch.

Live sports & TV
100+ Channels
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Tara K

Tara Khudairi is a freelance content writer and copywriter based in Toronto. Since 2014, she has contributed to brands and blogs alike to tackle popular topics relating to technology, personal finance, entertainment, travel and lifestyle. Whether it’s the latest streaming service or cryptocurrency, she’s passionate about making the complex simple. When she’s not busy typing away, you’ll find Tara watching Netflix’s latest true crime doc or a classic 90’s horror flick.