Looking for a way of watching World Cup 2022 without having to sign up for cable? Ever thought about streaming service Hulu + Live TV in the US? This might be the time. Now down to the last 16 of World Cup 2022, it could be a great moment to try out watching soccer streams without cable TV.
After missing out four years ago, the USMNT are back in the game, and face the Netherlands today in a knockout tie. Christian Pulisic and his team have not conceded a single goal at the tournament so far. Can they keep out Cody Gakpo who has scored in every game? One of those records has to give.
Harry Kane's England topped Group B, though the Stars and Stripes still managed to maintain their 100 percent record over England with a 0-0 draw in their group encounter.
Despite a brave showing from Canada, though, the Maple Leaves have already taken the plane home. Will the USMNT be joining them today? Just how deep can they go?
For now though, let's switch to the matters at hand – watching World Cup 2022 on Hulu + Live TV.
What is Hulu + Live TV?
Hulu is an American streaming service that launched in October 2007 as a joint venture between News Corporation, NBC Universal and Providence Equity Partners. It's now owned by The Walt Disney Company and Comcast Corporation.
It was originally an on-demand streaming platform for TV shows from a variety of different studios and networks, but has since evolved to become a content creator and fully-fledged cable alternative.
As well as being cheaper than a traditional cable plan, Hulu + Live TV lets you cancel whenever you want without incurring penalty fees.
World Cup 2022 on Hulu + Live TV
Fox and FS1 are the only TV channels you need to watch World Cup 2022 in its entirety, and they're both available on on Hulu + Live TV.
How much does Hulu + Live TV cost?
Hulu offers three different Live TV plans, and both Fox and FS1 are included on all of them. The plans and prices are as follows:
Live TV Only: $68.99 per month
Hulu + Live TV (with Disney Plus and ESPN Plus): $69.99 per month
Hulu (no ads) + Live TV (with Disney Plus and ESPN Plus): $75.99 per month
Whichever plan you choose, you'll get the exact same selection of TV channels. There are more than 75 in total, including ESPN, CBS, TNT NBC and NFL Network.
The ad-free plan is the most expensive of the three, but one important thing to note is that only the TV shows and films from the Hulu streaming library will be ad-free. You'll still see ads when you're watching TV.
The Live TV Only plan is the cheapest option, but if you choose it over the standard Hulu + Live TV plan you'll miss out on a lot for the sake of saving $1 a month.
For starters, you won't get access to the Hulu streaming library, which would cost $7.99 per month on its own. You'll also forgo Disney Plus, which costs $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year, and ESPN Plus, which costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year.
ESPN Plus, meanwhile, is a brilliant sports streaming service with rights to the UFC, Major League Baseball, Top Rank boxing, PGA Tour golf, the NHL, La Liga soccer, international cricket, tennis and college football.
Whichever plan you choose, Hulu also offers a selection of addons, through which you can purchase access to additional channels or services (such as HBO Max and Cinemax), bundles of themed channels (such as the sports addon), or bonus features (such as the ability to stream on an extra device).
You can find a more detailed breakdown in our dedicated Hulu with Live TV guide.
What devices can I use for streaming World Cup 2022 on Hulu + Live TV?
Whether you want to watch World Cup games on the go or from the comfort of your home, you can use Hulu + Live TV across a wide range of different device types.
Hulu + Live TV is compatible with Chromecast too, plus a selection of smart TVs and games consoles, including the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation and Xbox models.
And, of course, you can also stream it through a web browser.
Other World Cup 2022 options for cord-cutting soccer fans
Hulu + Live TV isn't the only cable replacement that includes Fox and FS – far from it. Sling TV, FuboTV and YouTube TV also offer both channels, and might be better suited to you.
Sling TV is by far the cheapest of these options. Its Sling Blue plan costs $40 per month, but new customers can get their first month for half-price. That means if you sign up for the start of the World Cup, you'll pay just $20 to watch the entire tournament.
As well as Fox and FS1, Sling Blue includes nearly 40 more channels, including TNT, NFL Network and USA Network. You can watch on up to three screens at a time, but you'll have to pay if you want more than 50 hours of DVR storage.
Its entry level Pro plan includes up to 138 channels, including ESPN, NBC and ABC, and 1,000 hours of DVR storage. You can stream on up to 12 different screens simultaneously, though 10 of these would have to be connected to your home network.
Bridging the gap between FuboTV and Hulu + Live TV is YouTube TV, which offers around 100 channels, lets you stream on three screens at once, and includes unlimited DVR storage. It costs $69.99 per month after a FREE YouTube TV trial , and at the time of writing you can get each of your first three months for $59.99.
Does Hulu + Live TV show World Cup 2022 in 4K?
Unfortunately, because the Live TV part of Hulu + Live TV doesn't yet support 4K streaming, you won't be able to watch World Cup 2022 in 4K on Hulu. If you want World Cup 2022 in 4K HDR, you'll need Fox through Fox Sports, Fox Now or through FuboTV. It's a notable missing feature on Hulu + Live TV.
Video quality will instead top out at 1080p, but only on certain devices, namely Apple TV (4th generation or later), Chromecast, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, PS4, Xbox One and select Samsung TV models.
On all other devices, Hulu + Live TV streaming quality may be restricted to 720p.
Does Hulu + Live TV have a DVR feature?
One of the best things about Hulu + Live TV is that every plan comes with unlimited storage for digital video recordings (DVR).
Your recordings live in My Stuff, and you'll have nine months to watch them before they're automatically deleted.
Watching World Cup 2022 on Hulu + Live TV from outside the US
The Hulu + Live TV plans described above are only available to people who are based in the US. That means you won't be able to access the service if you're out of the country, even if you're a Hulu + Live TV customer paying a subscription fee.
This is due to geo-blocking, which broadcasters and services can use to stop you from accessing certain content from abroad. It's a common problem for streamers all over the world, but a good VPN can help you get around it.
We've put all the major VPNs through their paces and we rate ExpressVPN as our top pick, thanks to its speed, ease of use and strong security features. It's also compatible with just about any streaming device out there, including Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation, as well as Android and Apple mobiles.
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Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.