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Watch the FIFA World Cup in style

If you’re watching 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, catch every match no matter where you are.

Get ready for a long run

You want 3 quick steps to prepping for the World Cup? Easy-peasy.

Step 1: Check the schedule

I believe that if you want the most accurate info, you go straight to the source. Just in case any soccer match times or dates change, you’ll have the latest details with the official match schedule. That’s a PDF, so feel free to save it for later.

Step 2: Plan the parties

Most of us will be watching the games at home, but if you’ve got football fans—yes, I said football—among your friends, you could take turns hosting watch parties. Think of it like a pub crawl, but with couches and recliners. If you don’t already have DIRECTV, choose a TV package that fits you, stock up on the popcorn, and figure out who’s hosting which matches.

Step 3: Stream on!

If you can’t spend a month vegging out at home, you need to be able to watch wherever you go. This calls for an unlimited data plan. Get ready for live sports streaming on your smartphone or tablet, but keep a pair of earbuds or headphones on you. Everybody should love soccer, but some people still don’t get the appeal and don’t want to overhear the games. Yet.

Or set up a speaker and share a match with the room anyway. There’s no better time to find new fans than during the World Cup. They’ll love you for it!

How to catch all the matches

Where will you watch the World Cup?

Comfy couch time

Gather around and take it easy—DIRECTV has every match in HD for your viewing pleasure. Fox Sports has complete coverage of all 64 matches. There’s also some chatter about 4K Ultra HD this year, but you need a specific setup, plus the right location to get it.

DIRECTV Latin America offers 4K UHD in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Uruguay. If you’re there, you’ll also need a special receiver and a 4K-ready TV.

DIRECTV in the U.S. also offers 4K UHD on Fox Sports, but to get it, you’ll need:

  • An Hisense 4K Ultra HD TV
  • The 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Edition Hisense exclusive built-in app

On your phone or tablet

Stream it like you mean it with an unlimited data plan. Start with the DIRECTV App to make sure you don’t miss overlapping matches. You’ll find all the matches on Fox Sports or BBC Sport, but before you start binge-watching in the park, I’ve got to raise a yellow flag. Try to catch most of the matches over Wi-Fi®. If everyone is streaming at once, it’s just like rush hour—the stream gets congested, and everyone slows down.

Take us with you

If you’re going to Russia to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup in person, I admit it, I envy you. But better still, you’re already covered if you’re on the AT&T THANKS® program! How’s this for awesome?

  • Get unlimited talk, send texts, and use data to use in Russia at no charge.
  • Enjoy coverage from June 14 through July 15, 2018.
  • Cancel nothing—it ends automatically.

You can share the action, goals, excitement, and pics with your friends and family—worry-free. When you get to Russia, turn your device’s cellular roaming on. AT&T automatically adds this option for you, so you’re all set!

What’s included

  • Unlimited talk: Includes calls you make and receive while you’re in Russia from June 14 through July 15, 2018.
  • Unlimited text: Applies only to the AT&T Short Messaging Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) you send. It’s not for other messaging services or apps. AT&T charges domestic messaging rates for any texts you receive.
  • Unlimited data: Actual data speeds vary by device and location.

Just so you know, pay-per-use rates apply before and after the promotion expires. They also apply when you travel in countries other than Russia, and when you haven’t bought an international option.

Have AT&T Passport? Your talk, text, and data use while you’re in Russia won’t count against your AT&T Passport® data allowance. This applies only from June 14 through July 15, 2018, and only for devices with an active AT&T Passport option. Also, Russia isn’t included in AT&T International Day Pass℠.

This article was written by an AT&T employee. The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of AT&T.

Mireille Larkins