By Jim Kimble / Updated July 11, 2022
Fanatiz is a sports-focused live TV service that caters to international soccer fans. The channel lineup includes networks such as beIN Sports, GolTV and Real Madrid.
Fanatiz has rights to stream about 25 soccer leagues and competitions from around the world. The availability of certain leagues varies based on where you live.
I tried Fanatiz with three different streaming devices, two Smart TVs and an Android smartphone around my house. Here is everything you need to know.
Table of Contents
- What is Fanatiz?
- How much does Fanatiz cost?
- What channels does Fanatiz have?
- What leagues does Fanatiz have?
- Does Fanatiz have a free trial?
- Can I record Fanatiz TV?
- How to stream Fanatiz
- Fanatiz on Roku and Smart TVs
- Fanatiz mobile app
- Frequently Asked Questions about Fanatiz
- Is Fanatiz legal?
- Is beIN Sports on Fanatiz?
- Is Fanatiz available on Samsung Smart TV?
- Does Fanatiz have ESPN?
- Does Fanatiz have the Champions League?
- Is Fanatiz on Roku?
- Can I watch Fanatiz on Fire Stick?
What is Fanatiz?
Fanatiz is a live TV service focused on cord-cutting soccer fans who don’t want to subscribe to cable TV. The service launched in September 2017, and has slowly been gaining traction with its presence in the U.S.
In the United States, Fanatiz carries 13 live TV channels. It has both English and Spanish networks for beIN Sports, beIN Xtra, GolTV and Real Madrid. These networks also carry motorsports, boxing and handball competitions. Fanatiz doesn’t have the caliber or scope of sporting events of ESPN.
But for soccer fans trying to watch matches on Real Madrid or beIN Sports without cable TV, Fanatiz is worth trying out.
It’s the cheapest option when compared to other streaming services known for carrying beIN Sports, including Sling TV and fuboTV.
How much does Fanatiz cost?
Fanatiz costs $9.99 per month in the U.S. for the Front Row plan following a free 7-day trial. There is an annual plan that costs $79.99 per year.
It’s significantly cheaper than other streaming options in the U.S. For example, the second cheapest option for beIN Sports is through Sling TV.
To get beIN Sports on Sling TV, your cheapest option would be to add the World Sports Mini bundle. Your total cost with Sling TV is $40 per month. fuboTV has beIN Sports in its Pro bundle, which costs $69.99 per month.
What channels does Fanatiz have?
In the United States, Fanatiz currently has a little over a dozen channels. Most, but not all, stream in 1080p picture resolution.
- bein sports
- Bein sports in Spanish
- Bein sports Xtra
- Bein Xtra in Spanish
- TyC Sports
- GolTV in English
- GolTV in Spanish
- RCN Our Tele
- Tigo Sports
- Real Madrid in Spanish
- Real Madrid in English
- For The Fans
The service has a number of games on-demand after they stream live and more than 1,000 hours of exclusive on-demand programs, highlights and rankings.
What leagues does Fanatiz have?
Fanatiz has the rights to broadcast the following leagues through networks such as beIN Sports, GolTV and Real Madrid. The company says that their streaming rights are based on where you are located.
- Argentinian Professional League
- Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana
- Brasileirao Serie A and Serie B.
- Copa Diego Maradona (Argentinian 1st Division)
- Liga BetPlay (Colombian 1st Division)
- Liga Pro (Ecuadorian 1st Division)
- Ligue 1 (French 1st Division) and French Cup.
- Liga 1 (Peruvian 1st Division)
- Portuguese League
- Turkish League
- Uruguayan League
- Nicaraguan League
- El Salvador League
- Honduras League
- Costa Rica League
- Liga MX
- Liga Femenil
- Liga Expansión
Does Fanatiz have a free trial?
Yes. Fanatiz allows new customers to sign up for a free 7-day trial without any obligations. There are no cancellation fees.
But you must remember to cancel before the free trial ends to avoid being charged. Subscriptions run month to month so you can cancel online whenever you like.
Fanatiz also has a “Freemium” tier that lets you watch futbol highlights, interviews and documentaries. You won’t be able to see any live games on Freemium.
Can I record Fanatiz TV?
Fanatiz currently does not have a Cloud DVR feature. So you can’t record any games. But Fanatiz does have video on-demand for most soccer matches under the “previous games” section.
Fanatiz says subscribers can watch matches on-demand from the Superliga, Argentinian Cup, Superliga Cup, and the TyC Sports Internacional programming.
Subscribers will soon be able to watch beIN SPORTS programming for up to 72 hrs after the live event has finished.
How to stream Fanatiz
Fanatiz is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast with Google TV, Android TV and Apple TV.
You can download the Fanatiz app through the app store of your streaming device or Smart TV. Subscribers can also watch games live on a PC.
I tried Fanatiz on a TCL Roku TV, a Sony Bravia XR A80J Smart TV running on Google TV, Amazon Fire TV and a Google Chromecast with Google TV.
Fanatiz says that you can only stream on one device at a time. But in my testing, I had a soccer game playing on my PC while also testing my streaming experience on a Roku TV.
There are mobile apps for iOS and Android smartphones.
Fanatiz on Roku and Smart TVs
The picture resolution is 1080p for most channels. The Fanatiz on Roku and Roku TV worked well. The Fanatiz app on Sony Bravia OLED (powered by Google TV) operated largely the same.
You can pause live games, but currently you cannot rewind.
With every streaming device I tested, I was happy with the picture resolution. Live games streamed on most channels in 1080p. I did notice that when I first launched a live TV channel on Fanatiz, the picture starts out fuzzy for the first 10 to 30 seconds before it clears up to become crisp and clear.
That’s not an uncommon experience when it comes to streaming services that show live TV channels.
Once you start watching live TV, you don’t have any option to scroll through channels while continuing to watch live TV. You will need to exit back to the main menu and select another channel.
I don’t consider this a deal breaker considering the price difference between Fanatiz and streaming services that carry some of the same channels.
Fanatiz mobile app
I downloaded the Fanatiz mobile app on my Samsung smartphone. The app is available through the Google Play Store.
The mobile app was responsive while casting a game to the Sony Bravia OLED. I changed the volume of the stream from my phone, paused live TV and played it again without the stream buffering or hanging.
The setup of the Fanatiz mobile app is easy to navigate once you sign in with a subscription. The tabs at the bottom of the app include sections for live TV channels, on-demand games that recently aired and a calendar of upcoming games.
You can also track teams under the “My Stadium” tab.
The live TV channels quickly launch from the mobile app. If you are going to watch an entire game on mobile, you may want to adjust the picture resolution.
While using the mobile app, not every channel will start on 1080p picture resolution even if it’s available. To change the resolution, click on the settings wheel in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
When you click on the wheel, you will have options to increase or decrease picture resolution from 360p, 480p, 720p and 1080p.
If you are streaming on WiFi, then you will probably want the highest resolution. It may be a good idea to decrease picture resolution if you are using mobile data and only have a limited amount.
The mobile app on Android has a Chromecast option. Casting to my Sony Bravia Smart TV was responsive, and maintained a good picture while I was watching.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fanatiz
Here are some basic questions readers often want to know about Fanatiz before signing up for a subscription.
Is Fanatiz legal?
Yes. Fanatiz launched in September 2017. The service is not well known in the U.S. beyond soccer fans. But the company is continuing to grow and forge strategic partnerships.
In October 2021, H Code, the largest Hispanic digital media company in the U.S., announced a strategic partnership with Fanatiz. According to an announcement on Nasdaq.com, H Code serves as Fanatiz’s preferred partner for Connected TV (CTV) advertising in the U.S.
Is beIN Sports on Fanatiz?
Yes. Fanatiz is currently the least expensive way to stream beIN Sports, beIN Sports in Spanish, beIN Xtra and beIN Xtra in Spanish.
Is Fanatiz available on Samsung Smart TV?
The Fanatiz app is not available on Samsung’s Tizen OS software. But you can stream Fanatiz by connecting a streaming device to your Samsung Smart TV that supports the Fanatiz app.
Does Fanatiz have ESPN?
No. Fanatiz does not carry ESPN. You can subscribe to a number of other live TV streaming services that carry ESPN if you want to watch the network without a cable subscription. They include DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Vidgo and YouTube TV.
Does Fanatiz have the Champions League?
UEFA Champions League is typically on CBS. You can use a streaming service such as DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV or YouTube TV. But the cheapest option is Paramount+ at $4.99 per month.
Is Fanatiz on Roku?
Yes. You can find Fanatiz at the Roku Channel Store. The app is free to download. You can watch highlights on the Freemium plan. But to watch games, you need to sign up for a subscription.
Can I watch Fanatiz on Fire Stick?
Yes. The Fanatiz app is available through the Amazon app store. Just go to the App tab on your Amazon Fire TV streaming player or Smart TV and type in “Fanatiz ” under search. Select the Fanatiz app and download it.
You can sign up for a free 7-day trial of Fanatiz without any obligations. Subscriptions run month to month. You can cancel your account from a web browser once you sign in to your account. There are no long term contracts.
Founder and Editor of The Cord Cutting Report. Before launching the site in 2016, he worked for more than two decades as a staff writer or correspondent for a number of daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe. His enthusiasm for tech began with the Atari 2600. Follow @james_kimble