The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has arrived, and if you’re lucky, you’re watching the opening ceremony from the safety and comfort of home — unless you enjoy sleeping in a shipping container and eating overpriced and unappealing food.
Musicians at the opening ceremony will include Jungkook from BTS, and rapper Lil Baby.
Since 1954, the World Cup has been one of the biggest events in TV, period — though the opening ceremony has only become a major feature of the broadcast in recent decades. The last one, in Russia, featured a performance by Robbie Williams and a speech by Vladimir Putin. That was pretty controversial, and regarded as “more exciting than the opening game.” Qatar, with plenty of controversy all its own should prove similar to last year’s host in this regard.
But one new development in global sports has been the slow and steadily migrating of all major TV events from terrestrial and pay TV to streaming services. So here’s how to tune in:
How to watch the 2022 World Cup opening ceremony on TV
If you’re looking for the English-language broadcast, the regular Fox terrestrial channel will show the ceremony (Check your local listings to find out where that is on the dial). If you prefer to listen to Spanish, the terrestrial channel Telemundo will air the ceremony. Telemundo has signaled that its coverage will include context about Qatar’s human rights record during the ceremony itself.
So tune into Fox at 9:00 a.m. ET on Sunday Nov. 20 to watch the ceremony live in English. Or Tune into Telemundo at 9:00 a.m. ET on Sunday to watch in Spanish.
How to live stream the 2022 World Cup opening ceremony.
If you’re a cord-cutter, the simplest way to livestream the ceremony is by, well, livestreaming Fox for English, or Telemundo for Spanish. This can be accomplished by subscribing to a live TV streaming service. Here are your options for doing that:
Vidgo’s “Plus” plan at $59.95 per month
Sling TV’s Blue plan at $35 per month
YouTube TV at $64.99 per month
FuboTV at $69.99 per month
Hulu + Live TV at $69.99 per month with ads
DIRECTTV Stream at $69.99 per month
But you can also watch the opening ceremony in Spanish on NBC’s Peacock app, which is only $4.99 per month.