If you’re wondering why the World Cup isn’t on Univision, there’s a good reason for that. The popular Spanish-language broadcaster lost the rights to Telemundo Deportes. Beginning with the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Telemundo Deportes and Universo will broadcast the World Cup in Spanish-language to viewers in the United States.
When the bidding for the US TV rights for the 2018 World Cup happened in 2011, Telemundo reportedly paid $600 million to beat Univision’s bid to acquire the rights to broadcast Copa Mundial.
Univision has held the US Spanish-language broadcast rights to the FIFA World Cup since 1990, which was an incredible run of 24 years where they televised seven World Cup tournaments (1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014).
To watch the 2018 World Cup on Telemundo Deportes, you can watch it via over-the-air television or through a legal streaming service such as fuboTV.
If you’re wondering when Univision Deportes will have the rights to the tournament again, it’s going to be a while. Telemundo acquired the rights to the World Cup tournaments for 2018, 2022 and 2026.
Even though Univision Deportes has lost the rights to the FIFA World Cup, the Spanish-language network will have a ton of shoulder programming to bring you plenty of news and analysis including some novel approaches such as ad-free halftime shows beamed directly from Russia.
In addition to Univision Deportes’ state-of-the art studios in Miami, telecasts will originate from a special on-site studio at the Four Seasons in Moscow. Overlooking historic Red Square and just steps from the Kremlin, the remote studio will feature an expansive main set, demonstration soccer field and stand-up position with views of the capital city.