By Praveen Kannan and Anna Strokolyst The Hotspot Shield team believes the internet should be open and secure …
FIFA World Cup 2018 is right around the corner, starting on July 14 in Russia. With soccer — or football, depending on where you live — being one of the most popular sports on the planet, we expect you’ll want to tune into the FIFA World Cup to catch all of the action.
But what do you do if you don’t have cable and can’t find any FIFA World Cup 2018 broadcasters in your region?
Here’s how it works:
Hotspot Shield VPN routes your web traffic through its secure servers. You can choose to select a server located in a different country, which ‘spoofs’ your location to make the site you’re trying to visit think you’re located elsewhere. This is crucial when trying to stream sports or TV shows for free without cable. Most sites are locked unless you reside in a particular country.
For example: FIFA World Cup 2018 is being broadcast for free on the BBC in the United Kingdom. If you tried to access the BBC without Hotspot Shield VPN, you’d get an error message that says “this content is restricted in your area.” With Hotspot Shield VPN, you can set your server location to “United Kingdom” and, voila, the BBC will think that’s where you’re located and the service will be available. What is a VPN? learn here.
How to watch FIFA World Cup 2018 without cable
Step 1: Click here to download Hotspot Shield VPN for FREE
Step 2: Sign up for Hotspot Shield Premium to get access to different server locations (there is a 7-day free trial)
Step 3: Set server location to the country in which you’re trying to stream content from
Step 4: Launch your browser and go to your streaming service
Step 5: Enjoy all the action from the FIFA World Cup 2018
FIFA World Cup 2018 official broadcaster list
There are over 160 TV networks around the world with the rights to broadcast FIFA World Cup 2018. However, many of these require paid subscriptions to the networks. So what do you do if you’re on cable? You’ll need to find the networks who will let you stream the games for free without a subscription.
Here are the networks that don’t require subscriptions.
Stream FIFA World Cup 2018 live online in Russia — MatchTV
Stream FIFA World Cup 2018 live online in Australia — SBS
Stream FIFA World Cup 2018 live online in China — CCTV
All of the above networks, while free, are geo-restricted. So if you don’t live in one of those areas, you won’t be able to access the content. If you’re located in the United States, for instance, there are no free streaming sites. So you’ll need Hotspot Shield VPN to ‘spoof’ your location by selecting a server location from one of the above countries.
Additional info on how to stream FIFA World Cup 2018
How to stream FIFA World Cup 2018 on Mac
Follow the same 5 steps noted above. Set the Hotspot Shield VPN server location to “Russia” and visit MatchTV from your Safari browser. You will now have access to all of the games.
How to stream FIFA World Cup 2018 on iOS
To stream the games for free on iOS, follow the same steps noted above.
How to stream FIFA World Cup 2018 on Android
For Android users, the process to stream FIFA World Cup 2018 is the same. With Hotspot Shield VPN connected to the virtual server location in Russia, you can then watch the games on MatchTV via your Android browser.
How to stream FIFA World Cup 2018 on Windows
Same applies for Windows users. Follow the steps listed above and use Internet Explorer, or your preferred browser, to stream the games.
How to watch FIFA World Cup 2018 live online in the USA
As mentioned, there are no subscription-free sites streaming games in the US. If you don’t have cable, you’ll have to follow the above steps to stream the games in another location using Hotspot Shield VPN. If you do have cable, you’ll find the games on Fox. The games will be split up between the main Fox channel and Fox Sports 1. You can also sign up for streaming services like FuboTV, DirectTV Now, and SlingTV as these will also show some of the games.
If you have a cable subscription but are traveling outside of the country, you can still access Fox’s coverage. You need to download Hotspot Shield VPN and switch the server location to the “United States.” Then, no matter where you are in the world, you’ll have access to your local FIFA World Cup coverage.
How to watch FIFA World Cup live online in the UK
If you live in the UK, both the BBC and ITV will be broadcasting the games for free. If you happen to be abroad during the World Cup, or you live in a different country and want access to UK commentary, you’ll need to use Hotspot Shield VPN with the virtual server location set to “United Kingdom.” You will then be able to access ITV as well as BBC iPlayer.
How to watch FIFA World Cup live online in Australia
For Australians, SBS has the exclusive rights to broadcast the FIFA World Cup 2018. If you don’t have access to SBS, your best option will be to use Hotspot Shield VPN and connect to the server located in “Russia.” You’ll then be able to stream the games for free from Russia’s MatchTV.
How to watch FIFA World Cup live online in India
What about in India? Sony Pictures Networks India will broadcast all 64 matches live on TV. The tournament will be shown on pay-TV channels Sony Ten 2 and Ten 3. For the first time, the games will be broadcast in six languages: English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu. Sony will stream the games live online via the SonyLiv app and SonyLiv.com. If you don’t have access to Sony, you’ll need to follow the advice above and use Hotspot Shield VPN to stream the games via MatchTV.
Where to watch FIFA World Cup 2018
Watch FIFA World Cup 2018 on Fox Sports
Fox Sports is streaming all the games live in the US, however, you’ll need a subscription to watch and you’ll need Hotspot Shield VPN to unlock the content if you aren’t located in the United States.
Watch FIFA World Cup 2018 on BBC iPlayer
UK viewers can stream the games for free on BBC iPlayer. If you aren’t located in the United Kingdom, download Hotspot Shield VPN, set the server location to the United Kingdom, and then go to BBC iPlayer on your browser to watch all the FIFA World Cup 2018 action.
Watch FIFA World Cup 2018 on ITV
UK viewers can also stream the games for free on ITV. Again, if you aren’t located in the United Kingdom, download Hotspot Shield VPN, set the server location to the United Kingdom, and go to ITV on your browser.