How to watch FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 outside the US

Last updated: January 6, 2021
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019

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Here you’ll find the best options to stream FIBA World Cup 2019 live online in the US and elsewhere. You don’t need a cable subscription to see all the games of the tournament – our guide will show you how to enjoy FIBA World Cup live streaming from anywhere in the world with the help of a VPN.

How to watch FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 online in the US

You don’t need a cable subscription to watch FIBA World Cup 2019 live. You can use one of these two options:

  1. LiveBasketball.TV
  2. ESPN channel

Below you find these two options explained in detail.

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  • Price: $9.99
  • Payment options: credit card (except AMEX), PayPal
  • Games: 92 (all, but geo-restrictions apply)
  • Devices: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS

The official streaming app for FIBA World Cup 2019 offers a cheap live streaming option for all games with English commentary. However, this doesn’t apply for the US, which will get to see only the replays a few hours after the game.

To avoid these geo-restrictions, you’ll have to change your IP address using a VPN to have the World Cup unblocked.

The idea of the best VPN strongly depends on your location, connection bandwidth, and the features you need. We have hand-picked these three VPN services that should do the trick regardless of where you are.

Here are our top solutions for streaming World Cup 2019 via LiveBasketball.TV in the US:

ExpressVPN is arguably the fastest VPN service. With its 3,000+ servers in 90+ countries, ExpressVPN is a great choice for streaming World Basketball Championship.

VPNpro rating: 8.3 / 10

NordVPN gives you an excellent combo of speed and security. It boasts an industry-leading 5,700+ servers in 60 countries that should be more than enough to stream FIBA World Cup seamlessly.

VPNpro rating: 9.6 / 10

Using any of these VPN services will allow you to stream live World Cup 2019 games in the US.

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ESPN channel

  • Price: $15–50

You can watch ESPN from anywhere in the world, provided you are using a VPN to connect through a server in the US. Otherwise, geo-blocking will prevent you from streaming anything, including the World Basketball Championship 2019. Unfortunately, the ESPN app doesn’t offer live events unless you’re registered with one of the channel’s partners.

The prices of streaming services that include ESPN range from $15 to $50, so choosing the right one depends on your budget, their supported devices and other channels you’d like to get as part of the package.

Below are the five best options we recommend using to watch the Basketball World Cup online on ESPN.


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1. DirecTV Now

  • Price: $50/month ($35/month for two months with promo code 15OFF2)
  • Money-back guarantee: 7 days
  • Devices: Chrome, Safari, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Roku, Google Chromecast
  • Channels: 45+
  • Simultaneous connections: 2, adding a 3rd is $5/month
  • DVR: 20 hours, stored for 30 days, works on selected devices

This is the best option if you manage to steal that two-month discount.


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2. Sling TV

  • Price: $15/month for the first month, then $25/month
  • Money-back guarantee: 7 days
  • Devices: Windows 10, macOS, Chrome, Edge, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, AirTV Player, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire tablets, Roku Players and TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, LG TVs, Chromebooks, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Xbox One, Xfinity X1
  • Channels: 30+
  • Simultaneous connections: 1, $40/month Orange + Blue plan for 4 streams
  • DVR: 50 hours for $5/month (doesn’t work with ESPN)

This is the cheapest option but includes only 30+ channels and no DVR for ESPN and Disney.


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3. YouTube TV

  • Price: $49.99/month
  • Money-back guarantee: 7 days
  • Devices: Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku Players and TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, Vizio SmartCast TV, Hisense Smart TVs, Sharp Smart TVs, Chromebooks, Google Chromecast, Xbox One
  • Channels: 70+
  • Simultaneous connections: 3
  • DVR: unlimited

This is best if you’ll be watching lots of other TV channels and want a DVR with no limits. There’s one thing, though: no Amazon devices in Google’s backyard!


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4. Hulu + Live TV

  • Price: $44.99/month
  • Money-back guarantee: 7 days
  • Devices: Windows 10, macOS X 10.9 or later, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire tablets, Samsung Smart TV, LG TV, Vizio SmartCast TVs, Roku, Google Chromecast, Echo Show, Playstation 3&4 (no live programming), Xbox 360&One, Nintendo Switch
  • Channels: 60+
  • Simultaneous connections: 2, unlimited is an extra $9.99/month
  • DVR: 50 hours

Works on any device. Do you happen to be an Edge browser fan, with a Vizio SmartCast TV, but would also like to stream some games on Nintendo Switch while your Amazon Fire tablet is charging? Hulu’s got you covered.


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5. PlayStation Vue

  • Price: $49.99/month
  • Money-back guarantee: 5 days
  • Devices: Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire HD6 and above tablets, Roku Players and TVs, Google Chromecast, Playstation 3 & 4
  • Channels: 50+
  • Simultaneous connections: 3 plus two after you set up your home device
  • DVR: unlimited, saved for 28 days

This might be your only option if you want to stream FIBA World Cup on a PlayStation console. It will definitely be your best option if you crave unlimited DVR.

How to watch FIBA World Cup 2019 on Kodi?

Kodi offers plenty of official and unofficial add-ons that include ESPN and allow you to stream World Cup 2019 live online.


USTV Now is an official Kodi add-on that includes ESPN, ESPN 2, and many other sports channels for $19.99/month. To install USTV Now and watch the FIBA World Cup:

  1. On your home screen click “Add-ons” on the left
  2. Click the “Package installer” icon at the top-left
  3. Click “Install from repository”
  4. Click “Kodi add-on repository”
  5. Click “Video add-ons”
  6. Select the add-on you want from the list, then click “Install”

Rising Tides

Rising Tides is one of the best-known unofficial sports add-ons for Kodi. You should be able to find a channel that streams FIBA World Cup in no time. Installing this add-on requires you to install a repository .zip file first. You can do that in six easy steps:

  1. Go to Settings > File Manager > Add source
  2. Enter the name of the repository and click OK
  3. From the Kodi home screen click Add-ons and then the “Package Installer” icon at the top-left
  4. Select Install from zip file, and then choose the repository
  5. After the installation, return to “Package Installer”
  6. Click Install from repository, select the repository containing the add-on and then the add-on itself to start the installation

Important note: not all unofficial Kodi add-ons are safe to install. To make sure you’re not caught for copyright violation, always use a good VPN for Kodi.

How to watch FIBA World Cup 2019 on FireStick and FireTV?

Watching the World Cup on FireStick or FireTV is easy if you have an ESPN subscription – you just need to download the official ESPN app from the Amazon App Store. You can do that by following these six steps:

Step 1: On the home screen, click Search on the top left corner of your screen

Step 2: Search for the ESPN and click on the ESPN app

Step 3: The ESPN Apk will appear on your screen

Step 4: Click Get to download the app

Step 5: When the downloading is finished, the app will be automatically installed

Step 6: After the installation, click Open to start your ESPN app

If you happen to be outside the US, you’ll need a VPN to change your IP address and access ESPN. ExpressVPN or NordVPN – any of these will do the job.

How to watch FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 outside the US

Most countries have a designated broadcaster for the World Basketball Championship. Here’s the list with some of the popular locations and the recommended VPN services to avoid geo-blocking.

Official broadcasters of FIBA World Cup 2019


AustraliaFox Sports
GreeceERT Sports
RussiaMatch TV
United StatesESPN


GermanyTelekom Deutschland
ItalySky Sport
SpainCuatro / DAZN

However, the local broadcast isn’t always a good option if you’re staying in that country for a short time or want to listen to the English commenters.

In these situations, the best thing to do is to watch FIBA World Cup via ESPN on Sling TV or one of the other streaming services listed above. As ESPN is unavailable outside the US, you’ll have to use a VPN to watch it.

How to unblock FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 with a VPN

Unblocking FIBA World Cup live streaming is simple. You just need to follow these three steps:

  1. Pick your VPN service and install it
  2. Connect to a server in the country where you can use your ESPN subscription (or where there’s another channel that broadcasts the World Cup)
  3. Watch FIBA World Cup 2019 like you’re at home!

When does FIBA World Cup 2019 start?

FIBA World Cup 2019 starts on August 31 and finishes on September 15. In the US it will be broadcast by ESPN.

The Group phase will consist of three games that end on September 4. Two best teams from each group will move on to the second round, where they will play three more games in their respective groups. The second round ends on September 7.

The Final phase of knockout games will start on September 10 and finish with the medal games on September 15. Qualification for the 5th–8th spot will take place on September 12-14.

Team USA FIBA World Cup 2019 schedule

Here are the first three games with opponents and dates already set, along with the rest of the schedule for each tournament phase. All times are ET.

1 September, 8:30 am: USA vs Czech Republic (Shanghai, China)
3 September, 8:30 am: USA vs Turkey (Shanghai, China)
5 September, 5, 8:30 am: USA vs Japan (Shanghai, China)
6-9 September: Second round (Foshan, Nanjing, Shenzhen and Wuhan, China)
10-11 September: Quarterfinals (Dongguan and Shanghai, China)
13 September: Semifinals (Beijing, China)
15 September: Finals (Beijing, China)

Team USA roster for FIBA World Cup 2019

Here’s the final Team USA that will compete for the Gold medals in China. While there won’t be as many stars as there were in the 2016 Olympics, Team USA is still considered a favorite to win it all for the sixth time and leave Yugoslavia behind for good.

Kemba WalkerGuard6’1 (185 cm)29Boston Celtics
Donovan MitchellGuard6’3 (191 cm)22Utah Jazz
Marcus SmartGuard6’4 (193 cm)25Boston Celtics
Derrick WhiteGuard6’4 (193 cm)25San Antonio Spurs
Joe HarrisGuard6’6 (198 cm)27Brooklyn Nets
Jaylen BrownForward6’7 (201 cm)22Boston Celtics
Harrison BarnesForward6’8 (203 cm)27Sacramento Kings
Khris MiddletonForward6’8 (203 cm)28Milwaukee Bucks
Jayson TatumForward6’8 (203 cm)21Boston Celtics
Mason PlumleeCenter6’11 (211 cm)29Denver Nuggets
Myles TurnerCenter6’11 (211 cm)23Indiana Pacers
Brook LopezCenter7’0 (213 cm)31Milwaukee Bucks
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  1. James T

    Thank you so much for this article ! I’ve been struggling for days to find solutions for streaming tv channels and finally I’m discovering something that can actually work ! I can’t believe I didn’t know about VPNs.

  2. Ooooo

    Stopped looking for a basketball live stream and went with your recommendations. I got a month with Nordvpn and after my first few days things are looking great. Thanks.

  3. LittleBot

    Well, you can also use ExpressVPN but that is a bit more expensive (or a lot if you compare 2 or 3 year plans). NordVpn is, right now, probably the best option around, quality and price wise. You just can’t find better overall and if you a great world cup streaming then this is the way to go. And if you’re not sure if you should go for a 3 year plan right now then the world basketball championship is the perfect way to test Nord for a month. If it’s good then you can opt for more.

  4. Sandro

    So if you use Nordvpn you won’t get that annoying “livestream is not available in your area” message? That message drives me crazy. I just want to watch basketball live stream and I can’t right now.

    1. Karol Wojcik Author

      Hello, Sandro. You’re right, NordVPN will help you unblock FIBA World Cup 2019 in no time! We’ve tested it and had no problems whatsoever. Happy streaming!

  5. John T.

    I have been trying to find a way to watch Fiba basketball that would fit in my budget. All of these options are way out of my price range except for However, a friend of mine said that just getting Hulu was way more worth it. I’m worried I’ll just be spending more money on something that I can get for cheaper. Since I don’t really have time to watch much else. Do you think the will suffice?

    1. Karol Wojcik Author

      Hi, John. Yes, is a great way to watch FIBA World Cup 2019 because it covers all 92 games. Some of them are geo-blocked, though, so you’ll need a VPN to bypass the restrictions. Both ExpressVPN and NordVPN can do that easily. As for Hulu, you can also use it to stream World Basketball Championship, but it cost way more because it also includes many other channels. So my advice would be to get subscription and then use the 30-day money-back guarantee for any of these VPN providers.

  6. Malfoy

    Hey, is a Surfshark and ESPN combo a good way to watch the world basketball championship? It seems like the most inexpensive way to do this but will it be a smart decision? Will I be able to stream the world cup? I hate the livestream is not available message I constantly see so I need a VPN but which to choose?

    1. Ronald92

      Surfshark is ok but if you want to make sure you see all the world cup games in great quality and without interruptions then go with Nord. It’s inexpensive, they have the most servers and they always work. If you have problems their support will usually solve them quickly or will tell you what to do. Also, they are based in Panama which is a great country for these kinds of things.

    2. Karol Wojcik Author

      Hi, Malfoy. Yes, you will be able to stream FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 on ESPN with Surfshark. When it comes to the price, it all depends on the length of your plan. NordVPN has the best 3-year deal, but Surfshark has nice shorter deals, especially if you use a coupon code. Have fun watching World Basketball Championship and may your favorite team win it all!

  7. Bono25

    So, from what I can gather from this article, if I use a combination between NordVPN and ESPN I could get to see Fiba’s streaming, no? I’m very new to VPNs, and have recently started to watch NBA and I like it a lot. Since I’m not from the US, I need to stay up late to watch it and I definitely seem to need a VPN so I can watch it without problems. I also want to see the mvp live streaming, can’t wait.

    Nord has a lot more servers than its counterparts which makes me believe you can connect from anywhere in the world and get the best experience possible. On their monthly plans, they seem expensive but when you go for a 1 or 2 year plan, prices go down considerably. I am very tempted to get their 3 year NordVPN deal because it’s so inexpensive. I may try their service for a month and if things go ok I will think about it.

    1. Karol Wojcik Author

      Hello, Bono25. You’re right, NordVPN will allow you to watch FIBA World Cup on ESPN from anywhere in the world. Just have in mind that in order to get this channel outside the US, you will need to subscribe for one of the streaming services (DirecTV Now, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu Live + TV, or PlayStation Vue). If you don’t need the extra channels these services provide, I suggest using Kodi USTV Now add-on that is much cheaper.

  8. Cass

    Lots of choices… Which service should I use to watch the world cup? I also want to be able to keep up with games, NBA MVP picks and sports news in realtime. I hate being out of the loop. I’m not interested in replays.

    I’ve tried to use ESPN in the past but, because I don’t have access to a channel partner, it’s useless to me. I’m thinking Hulu Live TV may be a better choice but I may run into problems with geo-blocking in my region. Will using it through a VPN bypass this without slowing down the live stream?

    1. Karol Wojcik Author

      Hey Cass, thanks for the comment. Hulu + Live TV is a good choice as it supports many devices and platforms. While all VPNs slow down your connection, using ExpressVPN or NordVPN shouldn’t result in big drop-offs. Since both Hulu and these VPNs have a money-back guarantee, I suggest running a test with a VPN turned on to see if the speeds are good enough for live streaming.

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