There is a good reason why the World Cup isn’t on Univision for the 2022 World Cup.
The popular Spanish-language broadcaster lost the rights to Telemundo Deportes. Beginning with the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Telemundo Deportes and Universo broadcast the World Cup in Spanish-language to viewers in the United States.
Bidding for the Spanish-language rights for the 2018 World Cup started in 2011. Telemundo reportedly paid $600 million to broadcast the World Cup in the United States for Spanish-language audiences.
Prior to this, Univision held the U.S. Spanish-language broadcast rights to the FIFA World Cup. Univision’s coverage spanned from 1990 to 2014. The incredible run of 24 years actually included each of the USMNT trips to the world’s biggest sporting event. That is, of course, excluding the trips in 1930, 1934 and 1950.
How to watch the World Cup in Spanish in the U.S.
To watch the 2022 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 owns the rights to the 2022 and 2026 World Cups. Plus, it had the rights to 2018 in Russia.
On one hand, it is tough that Univision Deportes lost the rights to the FIFA World Cup. However, the Spanish-language network has a ton of shoulder programming. You can get news and analysis throughout the tournament on Univision Deportes. For example, there are 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 originate from a special on-site studio in Qatar. 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.
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