2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Schedule And Where To Watch It

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Schedule And Where To Watch It

Once every four years, 32 national teams compete for the FIFA World Cup throne, while countries fight for the right to host the prestigious football tournament.

In the 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil, Germany was crowned as champion (which marks the fourth time the country has earned the title) after beating Argentina in an intense final match.

According to FIFA, more than 1 billion individuals tuned in to watch the football final, and it was dubbed as the most watched sporting event in history.

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The report further revealed 695 million people watched at least 20 minutes of the final at home, some 280 million watched it online or via mobile, while there were more than one billion out-of-home viewers!

This year, all eyes will be on Russian grounds from June 14 until July 15, as the football teams fly in to the European country to battle it out.

The first match will kick off in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow at 6pm (11pm Malaysian time) where the host country will be going against Saudi Arabia.

How do Malaysians watch the anticipated match? Well, there are two types of broadcasting rights to the tournament which are Pay Tv and Free-to-Air.

So, here are your options and what time you can tune in to watch your favourite teams.

Free-to-Air (FTA)

FTA rights are given to TV networks, such as RTM. As you may have read on the news, RTM will be showing the matches for free.

According to reports, RTM obtained private sponsorship to cover the RM30 million cost of broadcasting 41 out of 64 matches to allow the public to enjoy the matches for free.

Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said 27 will be aired live and 14 will be delayed.

The matches will be broadcasted on RTM 1 and RTM 2. However, the list of which 41 matches will be shown, has yet to be announced.

Pay TV

In Malaysia, Pay TV broadcasting rights are held by Astro, which means they have the rights to air all 64 matches.

However, you will have to pay to enjoy access to the football matches through their World Cup Channel Pass, which comprises of different packages for both Astro and non-Astro customers.

These are the platforms subscribers to the World Cup Channel Pass will enjoy:

  • Astro/ NJOI TV: This will be Astro’s Sports Pack where live matches will be available on two HD channels (CH823 and CH824) and two SD channels (CH821 and CH822).
  • Astro GO: Stream live matches through Astro’s downloadable app available on Google Play and on the App Store. With this, you can stream the matches on devices such as your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
  • Stadium Astro VR app: Watch the matches live with multi-angle cameras and virtually view the stadium with a 180-degree view using a VR headset or just tilt your device to check out the full view. You can also get stats, results, highlights and behind-the-scenes through the usual Stadium Astro app and the VR version. Just  download these apps on Google Play and the App Store.

Here is the brief overview of Astro’s World Cup Channel Pass packages you can subscribe to:

Astro World Cup Channel Pass
Price
Access
Astro customers
RM100
· Astro/ NJOI 2 HD channels and 2 SD channels

· Astro Go app

· Stadium Astro

· Stadium Astro VR 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia App
Non-Astro customers
RM120
Astro GO
NJOI Prepaid customer
RM100
· Astro/ NJOI 2 HD channels and 2 SD channels

· Astro Go app

· Stadium Astro

· Stadium Astro VR 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia App

You can subscribe to these packages through Astro’s website.

But, here are some smart and fun tips

There is always a way to save money in whatever you do and have fun with it! So, here are some ways you can amplify your 2018 FIFA World Cup experience.

Share the pay TV subscription

If you and your friends support the same team, or plan on watching the same matches, why not share a subscription? For example, if you already have Astro, you can split the package costs and head to the house of choice for the matches!

If there are four of you, that would be RM25 each for the Astro package. Additionally, if you wanted to sign up as a non-Astro customer for access to Astro GO, you can share it with another friend and only pay RM60 each as you can stream the matches on two active devices.

Watch with a crowd

We’re betting mamak shops or even your favourite restaurant or bar may be showing the World Cup matches on TV (sometimes on the big screen!) for football fans. So why not enjoy the ambience of cheering on for the teams with other football fans? Plus, you only have to pay about RM3 for a drink at the mamak and you can watch your match of choice without paying for subscription!

Plan a World Cup get-together

It’s always nice to have a mini party with the same shared interests. So, since it’s World Cup season, you can plan a World Cup themed party at your house and tune into your favourite matches for free on RTM (or Astro, if you have subscribed).

You can make it a pot luck event, where everyone chips in for snacks and food, all while cheering on your football team together.

Nevertheless, since there are 64 matches where some overlap, you may not be able to watch all the matches. So, here are some live score sites for you to keep updated with the latest scores!

Match List

To support your favourite football team, means knowing the match timings.

Hence, for the ease of football fans, here is a list of all the current match timings, which we will update accordingly.

Date
MatchMalaysian Time

(GMT+8)
Group Stage
14/06
Russia Vs Saudi Arabia
11pm
15/ 06
Egypt Vs Uruguay
8pm
15/06
Morocco Vs Iran
11pm
16/06
Portugal Vs Spain
2am
16/06
France Vs Australia
6pm
16/06
Argentina Vs Iceland
9pm
17/06
Peru Vs Denmark
12am
17/06
Croatia Vs Nigeria
3am
17/06
Costa Rica Vs Serbia
8pm
17/06
Germany Vs Mexico
11pm
18/06
Brazil Vs Switzerland
2am
18/06
Sweden Vs South Korea
8pm
18/06
Belgium Vs Panama
11pm
19/06
Tunisia Vs England
2am
19/06
Colombia Vs Japan
8pm
19/06
Poland Vs Senegal
11pm
20/06
Russia Vs Egypt
2am
20/06
Portugal Vs Morocco
8pm
20/06
Uruguay Vs Saudi Arabia
11pm
21/06
Iran Vs Spain
2am
21/06
Denmark Vs Australia
8pm
21/06
France Vs Peru
11pm
22/06
Argentina Vs Croatia
2am
22/06
Brazil Vs Costa Rica
8pm
22/06
Nigeria Vs Iceland
11pm
23/06
Serbia Vs Switzerland
2am
23/06
Belgium Vs Tunisia
8pm
23/06
South Korea Vs Mexico
11pm
24/06
Germany Vs Sweden
2am
24/06
England Vs Panama
8pm
24/06
Japan Vs Senegal
11pm
25/06
Poland Vs Colombia
2am
25/06
Saudi Arabia Vs Egypt
10pm
25/06
Uruguay Vs Russia
10pm
26/06
Iran Vs Portugal
2am
26/06
Spain Vs Morrocco
2am
26/06
Australia Vs Peru
10pm
26/06
Denmark Vs France
10pm
27/06
Nigeria Vs Argentina
2am
27/06
Iceland Vs Croatia
2am
27/06
Mexico Vs Sweden
10pm
27/06
South Korea Vs Germany
10pm
28/06
Switzerland Vs Costa Rica
2am
28/06
Serbia Vs Brazil
2am
28/06
Senegal Vs Colombia
10pm
28/06
Japan Vs Poland
10pm
29/06
England Vs Belgium
2am
29/06
Panama Vs Tunisia
2am

So, which team are you supporting? Tell us below!

 

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