Published on June 15th, 2018 | by Sebastian Szwarc2
Your ultimate guide to watching World Cup 2018 on Apple TV
The most important sport event in the world has begun (yes, I hear you screaming Superbowl fans): Football World Cup Russia 2018. There are a lot of the games this month, and the good news is that having an Apple TV provides plenty of ways to watch your favourite team.
The Champs started with a game between Rusia and Saudi Arabia that resulted in the ultimate Russian win 5:0. There are a lot of games ahead in various time zones, so to avoid confusion about what game is airing at the moment you can subscribe to our iCloud World Cup calendar or go to sebastianszwarc.pl where you will soon find iCal files for each individual game for import to your own calendars.
The official schedule can be found on the FIFA website.
How to Watch
Let’s begin with the event’s host organizer. In Russia the state network Piervyj Kanal promises to air all the games in 4K quality, so if you brought your own AppleTV 4K to Russia and couldn’t find a way to the stadium you should be able to watch games via their dedicated channel app.
FOX will broadcast all the games on FS1 or their main channel. You can get FOX by OTA antenna, and FOX Sports is available on cable or satelite, as well as various streaming services such as DirecTVNow, HULU with Live TV, Youtube TV and Sling. There are also separate apps FoxNow and Fox Sports Go available for tvOS.
The Hispanic community is not left behind, as Fox Sports often broadcasts in spanish. Additional coverage is also provided by Telemundo and NBC Universo.
British football fans will gladly welcome news that all the games can be found on BBC both on Freeview and through the BBC iPlayer tvOS app.
Even better, if you are the lucky owner of a VR device like Oculus GO, you can feel like you’re in the stadium watching games via the dedicated BBC Sports VR app (content is geoblocked though).
In football, 22 people run on the field and the winner are Germany. Whether this phrase becomes truth this year is difficult to say, but Germans can watch their team in public station ARD or ZDF, both of which have tvOS versions.
Both public station TVP and satelite operator NC+ launched two special channels for 4K transmision available from satelite or in FTH (fiber-to-home) technology by OrangeTV. However, for Apple TV the best way is to use OTA antenna with an HDHomeRun tuner and the Channels app.