FIFA World Cup 2022: Tired of buffering on JioCinema? Here’s how you can catch all the action on Sports 18

Watching the 2022 FIFA World Cup on your TV through JioCinema has been a painful experience, to say the least. Surprisingly, JioCinema appears to be working fine for a majority of the users on mobile and tablets.

But that doesn’t change the fact that people on Smart TVs who were using the dedicated app were in for a disappointing streaming experience over the first couple of days of the tournament. Moreover, fans who stream matches on their laptops were also in for bad news as the JioCinema website refused to stream the matches.

DOHA, QATAR – APRIL 01: The World Cup trophy is seen during rehearsal ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final Draw at Doha Exhibition Center on April 01, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Michael Regan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Even the Chrome PWA (Progressive Web App) couldn’t help get the live stream started in my personal experience. This horrendous streaming experience for one of the marquee global tournaments has left people searching for viable alternatives to JioCinema.

Unsurprisingly, Sports 18 has emerged as the leading choice for many football fans, especially those watching via DTH providers. This traditional broadcast channel has fewer troubles during crunch moments, unlike streaming services, and is hence more reliable.

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Here are some of the best DTH services that offer Sports 18 1 right now:

How to subscribe to Sports 18 on Tata Play DTH

Following the rebranding of Tata Sky to Tata Play, the company has bumped its product portfolio significantly, allowing DTH subscribers to stream live TV on their mobile devices on demand. With Sports 18 1 being the television broadcaster in India for this edition of the FIFA World Cup, users can subscribe to the channel for as low as Rs 14 per month.

Both Sports 18 1 and Sports 18 1 HD channels are available, with the latter unlocking high-resolution viewing and a 16:9 aspect ratio, provided the TV supports it. Tata Play customers can access Sports 18 1 and Sports 18 1 HD via channel numbers 487 and 488.


This set-top-box-based service is available for free to Jio Fiber subscribers and is an excellent way to watch television the conventional way, although Jio’s TV service relies on the internet, unlike a regular DTH offering. Sports 18 1 and Sports 18 1 HD channels are accessible on JioTV+ through channel numbers 261 and 262.

Other DTH providers

Meanwhile, DTH providers like Dish TV, d2h, and Sun Direct are offering SD and HD versions of Sports 18 1 for Rs 12 per month. Assuming you subscribe for two months or until the end of the World Cup, you won’t spend upwards of Rs 24 to catch all the games live and without pauses or stutters. Meanwhile, Airtel Digital TV offers either channel for Rs 14.16, which is marginally higher than the rest.

As you can see, there are plenty of options available to catch all the live action from the 2022 FIFA World Cup, particularly if you’re using a DTH connection. As a bonus, a conventional DTH connection isn’t impacted by internet outages. JioTV+ is an exception since it uses the internet to broadcast live TV channels.

What went wrong with JioCinema?

It’s really hard to place blame on JioCinema when they’re providing live streaming of World Cup games at no cost to the consumer. However, it’s clear that the team was underprepared ahead of the big event, leading to a lot of negativity spread about the service through online platforms.

As mentioned early in the post, the smartphone and tablet apps of JioCinema have caused little trouble to the viewer. So perhaps the company needs to work on its TV apps or provide a viable alternative, particularly ahead of a big tournament such as the football World Cup.