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Streaming options abound for Iran vs. USA match at World Cup

The U.S.-Wales Men’s World Cup Match and Opening Ceremony in Doha, Qatar, on November 21, 2022.
The U.S.-Wales Men’s World Cup Match and Opening Ceremony in Doha, Qatar, on November 21, 2022. (Photo by Ronny Przysucha, U.S. State Department; Graphic by The Desk)

For the U.S. men’s soccer team, it all comes down to Tuesday.

The team will square off against Iran at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament on Tuesday, November 29 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (11 a.m. Pacific Time), with the match widely televised on local Fox stations in English and on Telemundo in Spanish.

On the line is a chance to advance to the next round of the tournament, with Iran ahead of the U.S. by a single point after Iran’s 2-0 win over Wales earlier in the week. The United States tied Wales 1-1 last Monday, and tied England on Friday with a score of nil on both sides.

A draw or a win will be enough for Iran to advance, but the U.S. team must win the game outright, or they’ll be knocked out of the tournament.

Already, matches involving the U.S. men’s soccer team have set viewership records for Fox and Telemundo, with more than 7 million people watching the inaugural game last Monday against Wales, and a record 15.4 million people tuning in for the game against England. With everything on the line for advancement, the match against Iran is expected to be widely viewed from coast to coast.

All Team USA soccer matches will air live on Fox stations and affiliates in the United States in English, and on Telemundo stations in Spanish. For most viewers, a simple antenna is all that’s needed in order to pick up a local Fox or Telemundo station, with the Mohu Leaf Metro ($25 at Amazon) a good option for those who live in cities, or the Mohu Leaf Plus ($50 at Amazon) suitable for suburban and rural dwellers.

If you live in an area where watching TV with an antenna isn’t possible (or you don’t want to wait for Amazon to deliver your antenna), or you want to watch other matches from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament, you’ll need a streaming cable TV alternative to get them: While Fox is airing Team USA matches, games played by other countries are largely relegated to Fox Sports 1. The good news is, there’s more than a few options to get all matches from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament without cable or satellite.

Here’s a look at the best streaming services that offer live access to Team USA matches and other events from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament in English and Spanish, with the top option being the cheapest…

(Logo courtesy Dish Network/Sling TV LLC, Graphic by The Desk)

1. Sling TV

Cost: $40 a month (Sling Blue package has Fox Sports 1)
Special Promo: First month at just $20 (get it here)
Number of channels: 31-41 channels, depending on base package
Cloud DVR: 50 hours for free, 200 hours for extra fee
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Sling TV is the CHEAPEST way to watch soccer matches airing on Fox Sports 1, which is a great option for people who already receive their local Fox station with an antenna and who want to stay on top of matches that are only available on the cable channel. Depending on where you live, you might also be able to get your local Fox station through Sling TV (this is the case in most major cities), which means you can watch all matches from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament from a single app.

To get Fox Sports 1 (and local Fox stations, in areas where Sling TV makes them available), you must sign up for the Sling Blue package. Normally, Sling Blue costs $40 a month, but Sling TV is currently offering a promotion where new subscribers can score a 50 percent discount off the base Sling Blue package for a whole month — which is plenty of time to watch all matches from the World Cup tournament.

In addition to Fox Sports 1, Sling TV offers a number of general entertainment, lifestyle, sports and cable news channels in the Sling Blue package, including Fox News Channel, AMC, TNT, TBS, CNN, the Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, FX, MSNBC, TLC and USA Network. It also comes with a cloud DVR feature that stores up to 50 hours of recordings.

Sling TV is available on a number of TV platforms, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV (Google TV), Vizio SmartCast, LG webOS, Samsung Tizen and on popular phones and tablets. Sling TV content is also available on some game consoles and via desktop and laptop computer through a web browser.

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The home screen of streaming TV service Vidgo.
The home screen of streaming TV service Vidgo. (Graphic by The Desk)

2. Vidgo

Cost: $60 a month
Free trial: Sometimes
Number of channels: Over 110 in base package
Cloud DVR: Very limited, depends on plan
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Vidgo is a great option to watch all matches from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament. If Sling TV doesn’t have your local Fox station, and you want a single app to watch all matches from the tournament, Vidgo is worth checking out, since it offers a greater number of local Fox stations than Sling TV.

Vidgo offers the complete line-up of Fox broadcast and cable stations, including Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Big 10 Network, Fox News and Fox Business Network, in its base programming package, which costs just $60 a month. That base package also offers ESPN, the Longhorn Network, Discovery Channel, local ABC stations, the Disney Channel, Comedy Central, Paramount Network and more. All told, the base programming package offers over 100 channels of live entertainment.

The base programming package also offers NFL Network, NHL Network, MLB TV and more professional and college sports programming than any other service for the price. (NFL RedZone is also available for a separate charge.)

Simply put, Vidgo streamers can reasonably expect to have access to every FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 match played during the tournament, and a lot more.

Vidgo is available on a wide number of streaming devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV (Google TV) and Roku. Vidgo is also available on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.

A Fubo TV guide listing shows an event for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
A Fubo TV guide listing shows an event for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. (Graphic by The Desk)

3. Fubo TV

Cost: Starts at $70 a month
Free trial: Yes (7 days)
Number of channels: Over 140 in base package
Cloud DVR: 1,000 hours
Get it: Click or tap here

Fubo TV is built for sports fans. Not only does it offer more live soccer events than any other streaming service, thanks to its agreements with Fox and Comcast (NBC, Telemundo), it also offers a generous, cloud DVR feature that saves 1,000 hours of television content — a perfect amount for someone who wants to record World Cup matches to watch them later.

Like Vidgo, Fubo TV offers live Fox stations and affiliates in most areas. But it also offers live Telemundo stations and affiliates, which means streamers can flip between World Cup coverage in English and Spanish with ease.

Apple TV users will love Fubo TV‘s multi-view feature, which allows several channels to be watched from a single screen (it’s like picture-in-picture on steroids). Want to watch the World Cup while someone else wants to stay on top of American football? Just pop the soccer match in one window, and the football match in another.

In addition to Apple TV, Fubo TV is available across a wide number of streaming TV platforms, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV (Google TV). Fubo TV is also available on phones and tablets.

Other Services to Consider

  • Peacock: Comcast’s streaming service Peacock ($5 a month for Peacock Premium) will offer some matches from the 2022 FIFA World Cup, including Team USA events, but only in Spanish. Comcast’s Telemundo holds the domestic broadcast and streaming rights to the 2022 FIFA World Cup with Spanish commentary; if you don’t mind watching matches in Spanish, Peacock is worth a look.
  • DirecTV Stream: DirecTV Stream offers local Fox broadcast stations as well as Fox Sports 1 in its base package, but things get a little confusing after that — some promotional deals include Fox Sports 2, while others require upgrading to a different package. DirecTV Stream is more expensive than other streaming options on the list, but streamers who are familiar with DirecTV may want to consider it as an option.
  • Hulu with Live TV: Hulu is owned by Disney, but that doesn’t mean it only has Disney channels: The Live TV service also offers Fox-owned stations, Fox affiliates as well as Fox’s two cable sports channels (Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2), which means it’ll offer live access to every Team USA match and others played during the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament. The service is currently $70 a month, but that price is set to go up to $75 a month in December, which makes it more-expensive than some of the other choices on the list. However, Hulu with Live TV does come with Disney Plus and ESPN Plus included, so streamers who already pay for one of those services might want to consider Hulu with Live TV as a way to save some money.
  • Tubi: Fox’s free, ad-supported streaming service Tubi will offer replays of Team USA matches and others from the 2022 FIFA World Cup almost immediately after they air. If you can’t receive your local Fox station with an antenna, don’t want to pay for a streaming cable TV alternative and don’t mind watching the matches after they’ve happened, download the free Tubi app. (Tubi requires a current or new account to stream matches from the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but signing up for an account is free.)

U.S. Men’s Soccer Matches

The next U.S. men’s soccer team match at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, November 29 against Iran. The match is set to start at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, 11 p.m. Pacific Time.

All U.S. men’s soccer matches from the World Cup tournament will air on Fox. Viewers who simply want to watch those matches only need access to their local Fox station or affiliate, which in most cases can be received with an antenna; those who can’t reliably receive a Fox signal should consider a streaming cable alternative like Vidgo, Sling TV or Fubo TV.

Dates and times are scheduled to change based on weather, player participation or any other number of factors.

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About the Author:

Matthew Keys

Matthew Keys is an award-winning journalist with more than 10 years of experience covering the business of television and radio broadcasting, streaming services and the overall media industry. In addition to his work as publisher of The Desk, Matthew contributes regularly to StreamTV Insider and KnowTechie, and has worked for several well-known news organizations, including Thomson Reuters, McNaughton Newspapers, Grasswire, Comstock's magazine, KTXL-TV and KGO-TV. Matthew is a member of IRE, a trade organization for investigative reporters and editors, and is based in Northern California.

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