If you are a cord-cutter looking to watch the 2022 World Cup, there are ample ways to fit that need. Streaming opens up doors otherwise closed by cutting the cord to cable or satellite. Plus, these are often at cheaper rates than the more traditional platforms.

However, there is overlap between the two. Of course, the actual channels broadcasting the 2022 World Cup are consistent for a cord-cutter.

In that case, the channels for English-language broadcasts of the World Cup are FOX and FS1. The actual channel differs each day, with some days relying on FS1, particularly when there is NFL or college football on FOX.

There is also Spanish-language coverage available on Telemundo and Universo. Universo only comes into play in the third round of group stage matches, when kickoff times overlap. Same applies to FOX and FS1 for English-language coverage.

However, if you cut the cord on cable and satellite, fear not. You can still access the World Cup games in different ways.

How a cord-cutter watches World Cup 2022

Designated streaming services

Replacements to cable differ in price. Some of the more cost-efficient ones carry FOX in select markets as well as FS1. The best example of this is Sling Blue, which has a price point of just $35 per month. The one downside to this is that there is no Spanish-language coverage via Telemundo and Universo. However, if that is not a concern, then Sling Blue fits well into a cord-cutter’s schedule.

Options with a higher price point provide more options. fuboTV, for example, is $69.99 per month. While that is double the price of Sling Blue, it provides at least double the content. Plus, fuboTV includes Telemundo and Universo. Therefore, if you wanted to switch to Spanish-language broadcasts for a certain game, the option is there.

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The same applies to rival services, including Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV. Both of these options include FOX, FS1 and Telemundo. Note that Universo is not available in the base packages for these two providers.

Over-the-air channels

FOX and Telemundo, the two main channels for the World Cup in Qatar, do not necessarily require a cable, satellite or even streaming platform. These are both over-the-air channels, meaning all that you need to access them is an antenna hooked up to your TV.

The total number of OTA channels differs depending on location. However, Telemundo and FOX are consistent across the country, regardless of where you live. Therefore, once you buy an antenna, that is an affordable way to watch the World Cup as a cord-cutter.

Using Peacock Premium

Say you are a cord-cutter wanting to watch the World Cup. You may also be a fan of the English Premier League. Therefore, you have Peacock Premium, which carries exclusive Premier League fixtures each matchday.

Fortunately for you, Peacock also has every World Cup game in 2022. And it’s only $4.99 per month.

As Peacock is the paid-streaming platform for NBC, which owns Telemundo and Universo, all of those Telemundo and Universo broadcasts are available on the platform. While this is a Spanish-language broadcast, you can sync up the English-language radio broadcast to watch the World Cup without breaking the bank on a more-expensive option.

Guide to World Cup 2022

Here are some resources to help you get the most out of the biggest event in soccer!
TV Schedule: All the info on where and when to watch every game
The Groups: We breakdown each group and all the teams
The Kits: Check out what every team will be wearing on the field this fall
Predictor: Play out every scenario with our World Cup Predictor
World Cup Bracket: Map out the entire tournament, from the groups to the final