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World Cup Knockout Phase live stream: How to watch the FIFA 2018 games online without a TV

World Cup Knockout Phase live stream: How to watch the FIFA 2018 games online without a TV
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Now that you’re finally done crying over Germany’s surprise loss to South Korea earlier this week, pick yourself up and get ready for the next stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, because it’s going to be a wild ride from here.

The soccer tournament’s Knockout Phase kicks off at 10 a.m. ET this morning when France takes on Argentina in Kazan, Russia. Later on, at 2 p.m. ET, Uruguay faces off against Portugal in Sochi. The action keeps going on Sunday, with Spain vs. Russia at 10 a.m. and Croatia vs. Denmark at 2 p.m. Check out the full schedule here.

If you’re a cord cutter without a cable subscription or a TV, you probably already know how frustrating it can be to access the games online. Fox and Fox Sports 1 have the exclusive English-language broadcasting rights to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the United States. Telemundo, meanwhile, has the Spanish-language rights. That means U.S. viewers pretty much have to go through one of those networks to see the games. The good news is, you can do this relatively cheaply through a streaming service, and you may even be able to snag a free month via a promotional offer.

I’ve rounded up a few of your best options below. Happy streaming!

  • Streaming services: As I’ve noted before, this is probably going to be the best bet for people without TV or cable. Sign up for a streaming TV service that offers Fox Sports, FS1, or Telemundo in your area. My recommendations are: Dish Network’s Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation VueDirecTV Now, or FuboTV. As always, don’t forget to check your zip code before signing up to see if Fox Sports or Telemundo is available in your area. There may be local restrictions.
  • Mobile appsFox SportsNBC Sports, and Telemundo have been live-streaming the games via their mobile apps. Sadly, you need a pay-TV login from a cable, satellite, or telecom company to take advantage of this option. If you don’t have one, ask a friend or parent if you can borrow one.
  • Fox Sports or Telemundo websites: This is another easy choice for viewers who have access to those dreaded pay-TV logins. You can simply use those credentials to access World Cup live streams by visiting the websites of Fox Sports or Telemundo. Just select your TV provider and log in.

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