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How to watch Football World Cup in Nepal? Find All Fixtures

Football’s greatest show World Cup 2022 is right around the corner and this post will familiarize you with how to watch the coveted football matches in Nepal. Especially, with the viewers having to pay a subscription fee to watch the games live, many have speculated how to watch the games. Here, we list different ways you can watch Football’s most revered tournament from November 20. You can also find out the entire fixtures in Nepali time below.

But before we talk about how to watch and their Nepali fixtures, let’s talk about the issue over the payment to watch the games live on TV. It seems likely that Nepali Football fans will have to pay to watch the World Cup matches on TV. That is because, on Wednesday, November 16, the joint bench of Justices Prakash Kumar Dhungana and Manoj Kumar Sharma revoked the interim order issued by the single bench of the Supreme Court. Earlier, the Supreme Court issued a short-term interim order on Media Hub not to charge any fee for Football World Cup.

But despite the payment obligation, significant matches will be aired for free viewership in Nepal. Including the inauguration went, two semi-finals and the final games will be live for all irrespective of payment.

Media Hub had halted its preparation for live broadcast amidst the SC’s order, but with the writ petition dismissed, it is free to air the show on a paid basis. “Respecting the order of the court, we had stopped all the preparations, but now the legal way has been opened, Dhital said, “There is no adequate time for technical and other preparations, but we are working day and night, to prepare for live broadcast,” the company’s executive director Som Dhital said.

Now, let’s get back to all things Football World Cup 2022 below.

This year, Nepali viewers will need to execute one more step to watch their favorite teams battling it out at the Football World Cup in Qatar. Media Hub has bought exclusive rights to the matches from Indian company Viacom becoming the sole source for the games in Nepal. And the company has made the competition payment-based. If you want to watch the games, you need to buy a subscription that costs Rs 500 + 13% VAT = Rs 565. Likewise, Himalaya TV is the only TV channel so far confirmed to air the matches.

In past editions, we would have Indian channels such as Ten Sports, or Sony airing the games. NTV and Action Sports were also airing the content for free. But this term, foreign TV channels broadcasting the games won’t be aired in Nepal. Subscription seems to be the only option for now. And buying a subscription will entitle you to the most popular sporting event which happens every four years.

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

How to watch the World Cup 2022 matches in Nepal?

The options to watch World Cup Football 2022 on TV are limited this time as only a few companies have collaborated with Media Hub. Aside from TV, we can watch games on mobile apps, and also stream online on social media. Let’s find out different ways we can watch the FIFA Football World Cup in Nepal.

 IPTVs

As usual, TVs are the foremost option to watch World Cup matches. But so far, only NetTV and ViaTV have been confirmed to broadcast the matches. It rules out cable TV operators from the list. If you are a non-IPTV subscriber, it seems your chance of watching the games is slim. ViaTV has announced the World Cup offer bringing affordable led TV, dual-band router, and internet package.

Most viewers in Nepal get their NetTV and ViaTV subscriptions with their internet packages. So, it makes it easy for them to subscribe to the packages. If you check the list of channels, you will notice two subscription-based Himalaya TVs dedicated to the World Cup matches – Himalaya PREMIUM 1, and Himalaya PREMIUM 2. Besides, Dish Home is also broadcasting the matches in 2K quality. Nepal Television (NTV) also tried to bring the game to its channel but the negotiation failed to strike a deal.

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Himalaya PREMIUM HD Goes Live for World Cup in Nepal

Himalaya PREMIUM HD channel has gone live as Football World Cup first match remains a few hours before its kick-off. The channel is the exclusive broadcasting partner of Media Hub for this tournament. Viewers can watch the entire 64 matches live on the channel after subscription.

After the channel went live, Nepal’s leading cable TV providers, IPTV, DTH, etc. have also begun broadcasting the channel. It’s a new practice in Nepal’s TV history that a payment-based TV channel is started. “For us, it’s a matter of pride to start Himalaya Premium as a paid channel for the first time in Nepal,” said Dharmraj Bhusal, president of Himalaya Television Network, “As foreign broadcasters are taking away billions of rupees from Nepal, we started the practice to stop the cash outflow and offer premium content in the country.”

Himalaya PREMIUM HD TV
Himalaya PREMIUM HD TV is now live to air FIFA World Cup 2022 matches live

“When foreign channels are taking billions of rupees from Nepal annually, we have chosen this way to stop it and to increase premium content production in Nepal.”

How to buy a World Cup package in Nepal?

You can pay for the subscription via digital wallets and payment operators such s FonePay, eSewa, and Khalti. Launch the app, tap on “TV”, choose your digital TV service provider, enter your username and buy the world cup package. Khalti has launched a World Cup TV package with a 100% cashback offer. The app allows you to subscribe to the World Cup package within minutes.

Additionally, Ntc has also brought its NT TV customers a World Cup offer which lets users easily subscribe to the World Cup package at home while also receiving mobile data.

You can opt for any method to subscribe to which is most convenient to you.

Apps

If you subscribe to World Cup packages from NetTV, and ViaTV, you might have the convenience of watching the World Cup matches live on smartphones or tablets. And the likelihood has increased after the first round of Group stage matches have been played out. Media Hub says viewers will soon have an option to watch the matches live on mobile apps. The decision comes after a possible ban on ‘illegitimate’ streaming sites and apps in Nepal.

Media Hub’s Executive Director Dhital called viewers’ demand for the ability to watch the games on mobile app “fair” and claimed the preparation to port the matches on smaller screens will complete soon. He said that Nepali Football fans could get access to WC matches on apps when the tournament enters its knockout stage.

Both NetTV and ViaTV apps are available on Android and iOS platforms.

Third-Party apps

You can find many third-party apps on app stores that stream Football matches. If you don’t want a paid subscription, you can resort to such apps for the matches. But be careful. Many such apps are deceitful or are adware. Likewise, such apps suffer from occasional glitches too. Anyway, something is better than nothing.

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Facebook and other sites

Similarly, just like there are many streamers on Facebook and Twitter that air League matches, the same will be for the World Cup too. But just like third-party apps, they could be susceptible to adware, and malware. Be careful not to be redirected to malicious sites that could potentially threaten your personal data. Still, you can count on them as your make-do resorts.

Fifa World Cup on Himalaya TV
FIFA Football World Cup 2022

Dish Home, another IPTV provider has also announced that it will be airing World cup matches but has not revealed details. Maybe, the DTH provider is in talks with Media Hub and will only disclose more when talks iron out. We will update more here on this page if something pans out.

FIFA Football World Cup Groups

A total of 32 national teams will participate in a prestigious competition in Qatar this November. The teams are placed in Groups A-H with four teams drawn in each group. The games are divided into Group Stage, Round 16, Quarter Finals, Semi-Finals, Play Off for third place, and the Final. Altogether, there will be 64 matches.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Starts on 20th November 2022 (Mangsir 4, 2079) – ends on 18th December 2022 (Poush 3, 2079)

FIFA Football World Cup 2022 Fixtures in Nepali time

Group Stage:

Match No.GroupFixturesNepali Date & Time
Match 1Group AQatar vs. Ecuador9:45 pm
Sunday, Mangsir 4, 2079
Match 2Group ASenegal vs. Netherlands9:45 pm
Monday, Mangsir 5, 2079 
Match 3Group BEngland vs. IR Iran6:45 pm
Monday, Mangsir 5, 2079
Match 4Group BUSA vs. Wales12:45 am
Monday, Mangsir 5, 2079
Match 5Group DFrance vs. Australia12:45 am
Tuesday, Mangsir 6, 2079
Match 6Group ADenmark vs. Tunisia6:45 pm
Tuesday, Mangsir 6, 2079
Match 7Group BMexico vs. Poland9:45 pm
Tuesday, Mangsir 6, 2079
Match 8Group BArgentina vs. Saudi Arabia3:45 pm
Tuesday, Mangsir 6, 2079
Match 9Group FBelgium vs. Canada12:45 am
Wednesday, Mangsir 7, 2079
Match 10Group ESpain vs. IC Play-off 29:45 pm
Wednesday, Mangsir 7, 2079
Match 11Group EGermany vs. Japan6:45 pm
Wednesday, Mangsir 7, 2079
Match 12Group FMorocco vs. Croatia3:45 pm
Wednesday, Mangsir 7, 2079
Match 13Group GSwitzerland vs. Cameroon3:45 pm
Thursday, Mangsir 8, 2079

Match 14Group HUruguay vs. Korea Republic6:45 pm
Thursday, Mangsir 8, 2079
Match 15Group HPortugal vs. Ghana9:45 pm
Thursday, Mangsir 8, 2079
Match 16Group GBrazil vs. Serbia12:45 am
Thursday, Mangsir 8, 2079)
Match 17Group BWales vs. IR Iran3:45 pm
Friday, Mangsir 9, 2079
Match 18Group AQatar vs. Senegal6:45 pm
Friday, Mangsir 9, 2079
Match 19Group ANetherlands vs. Ecuador9:45 pm
Friday, Mangsir 9, 2079
Match 20Group BEngland vs. USA12:45 am
Friday, Mangsir 9, 2079
Match 21Group DTunisia vs. Australia3:45 pm
Saturday, Mangsir 10, 2079  
Match 22Group CPoland vs. Saudi Arabia6:45 pm
Saturday, Mangsir 10, 2079
Match 23Group DFrance vs. Denmark9:45 pm
Saturday, Mangsir 10, 2079
Match 24Group CArgentina vs. Mexico12:45 am
Saturday, Mangsir 10, 2079
Match 25Group EJapan vs. IC Play-off 23:45 pm
Sunday, Mangsir 11, 2079
Match 26Group FBelgium vs. Morocco6:45 pm
Sunday, Mangsir 11, 2079
Match 27Group FCroatia vs. Canada9:45 pm
Sunday, Mangsir 11, 2079
Match 28Group ESpain vs. Germany12:45 am
Sunday, Mangsir 11, 2079
Match 29Group GCameroon vs. Serbia3:45 pm
Monday, Mangsir 12, 2079
Match 30Group HKorea Republic vs. Ghana6:45 pm
Monday, Mangsir 12, 2079
Match 31Group GBrazil vs. Switzerland9:45 pm
Monday, Mangsir 12, 2079
Match 32Group HPortugal vs. Uruguay12:45 am
Monday, Mangsir 12, 2079
Match 33Group BWales vs. England12:45 am
Tuesday, Mangsir 13, 2079
Match 34Group BIR Iran vs. USA12:45 am
Tuesday, Mangsir 13, 2079
Match 35Group AEcuador vs. Senegal8:45 pm
Tuesday, Mangsir 13, 2079
Match 36Group ANetherlands vs. Qatar8:45 pm
Tuesday, Mangsir 13, 2079
Match 37Group DAustralia vs. Denmark8:45 pm
Wednesday, Mangsir 14, 2079
Match 38Group DTunisia vs. France8:45 pm
Wednesday, Mangsir 14, 2079
Match 39Group CPoland vs. Argentina12:45 am
Wednesday, Mangsir 14, 2079
Match 40Group CSaudi Arabia vs. Mexico12:45 am
Wednesday, Mangsir 14, 2079
Match 41Group FCroatia vs. Belgium8:45 pm
Thursday, Mangsir 15, 2079  
Match 42Group FCanada vs. Morocco8:45 pm
Thursday, Mangsir 15, 2079
Match 43Group EJapan vs. Spain12:45 am
Thursday, Mangsir 15, 2079
Match 44Group EIC Play-off 2 vs. Germany12:45 am
Thursday, Mangsir 15, 2079
Match 45Group HGhana vs. Uruguay8:45 pm
Friday, Mangsir 16, 2079
Match 46Group HKorea Republic vs. Portugal8:45 pm
Friday, Mangsir 16, 2079
Match 47Group GSerbia vs. Switzerland12:45 am
Friday, Mangsir 16, 2079
Match 48Group GCameroon vs. Brazil12:45 am
Friday, Mangsir 16, 2079

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Round 16:

Match No.FixturesNepali Date & Time
Match 491A vs. 2B8:45 pm
Saturday, Mangsir 17, 2079
Match 501C vs. 2D12:45 am
Saturday, Mangsir 17, 2079
Match 511B vs. 2A12:45 am
Sunday, Mangsir 18, 2079
Match 521D vs. 2C8:45 pm
Sunday, Mangsir 18, 2079
Match 531E vs. 2F8:45 pm
Monday, Mangsir 19, 2079
Match 541G vs. 2H12:45 am
Monday, Mangsir 19, 2079
Match 551F vs. 2E8:45 pm
Tuesday, Mangsir 20, 2079
Match 561H vs. 2G12:45 am
Tuesday, Mangsir 20, 2079

Quarter-Finals:

Match No.FixturesNepali Date & Time
Match 57Winner 49 vs. Winner 5012:45 am
Friday, Mangsir 23, 2079
Match 58Winner 53 vs. Winner 548:45 pm
Friday, Mangsir 23, 2079

Match 59Winner 51 vs. Winner 5212:45 am
Saturday, Mangsir 24, 2079
Match 60Winner 55 vs. Winner 568:45 pm
Saturday, Mangsir 24, 2079

Semi-Finals:

Match No.FixturesNepali Date & Time
Match 61Winner 57 vs. Winner 5812:45 am
Tuesday, Mangsir 27, 2079
Match 62Winner 59 vs. Winner 6012:45 am
Wednesday, Mangsir 28, 2079

Play-off for Third Place:

Match No.FixtureNepali Time
Match 63Runner Up 61 vs. Runner Up 628:45 pm
Saturday, Poush 2, 2079

Football World Cup 2022 Final:

Match No.FixtureNepali Date & Time
Match 64Winner 61 vs. Winner 628:45 pm
Sunday, Poush 3, 2079

The final match will be played at Lusail Stadium which will accommodate 80 thousand Football fans.

Which team has your bet on for the FIFA World Cup 2022 trophy? Do share in the comments below.

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