The biggest sporting event in the world starts today, June 14: the FIFA World Cup in Russia. If you want to watch the games without cable, you’ve got options—depending on where you live. Here’s a look at the situation in the USA, the UK, and Canada, and where to look for information in other countries.
Having Issues Bypassing Geographic Restrictions? Use a VPN
Whether you’re traveling from your home country or just live in a place that has ridiculous restrictions on what’s available, the solution to bypassing restrictions is always to use a VPN, which will make it appear as if you are coming from a different location.
How to Watch the World Cup via Australian TV
If you’re in Australia, you can watch the World Cup using SBS for free, and they not only have mobile apps, but they even have a VR app.
Note: while you can probably use a VPN to bypass restrictions and watch World Cup this way for free, if you live somewhere outside of Australia chances are good that the streaming bandwidth just won’t be fast enough.
How to Watch The World Cup Online in the USA
In the USA, there are two rights holders for the 2018 World Cup: Fox in English and Telemundo in Spanish. No English speaking games will be available for free streaming online, though the group stage games will be available for free streaming in Spanish via the NBC Sports App, according to Roku.
It’s worth noting that Fox and Telemundo are both traditional broadcast networks in the US, meaning you can potentially watch them for free using a TV antenna, if the signal can be picked up in your area. You can even set up Plex PVR and watch using your tablet or phone. You can’t watch every game this way, though, because Fox and Telemundo are only broadcasting a limited number of games on their free stations…