FIFA World Cup


Mediapro secures Qatar World Cup rights

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has secured the Spanish rights to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, boosting its flagging roster of domestic and international football rights in the country. Mediapro said it would create a dedicated channel providing 24/7 coverage of the competition. In addition to live broadcasts of matches, the channel will provide […]

BBC iPlayer sees live boost from World Cup

The BBC saw usage of its BBC iPlayer service grow by 19% year-on-year in July, with World Cup football and Wimbledon boosting usage of the service and leading to live viewing making up 22% of all iPlayer requests for the month. The latest statistics released by the BBC about iPlayer showed that iPlayer requests reached […]

TF1 sees boost from World Cup and Premium but costs take toll

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has posted strong first-half revenues on the back of a successful football World Cup, with revenues up 3.9% to €1.084 billion. Advertising revenues were up by 3.6% to €812.4 million, with free-to-air and digital ad revenues contributing to the growth. TF1 also reported strong pay TV growth, with revenue from other […]

World Cup ‘most streamed event’ for Akamai

The FIFA World Cup in Russia was the most-streamed sporting event on CDN provider Akamai’s platform to date, according to the company. The highest traffic peak was during the semi-final between France and Belgium, where bandwidth reached 22.52Tbps – beating the highest peak in Brazil in 2014, which was 6.88Tbps, according to Akamai. The final […]

Eurodata: World Cup Final reached 163m viewers in Europe

The climax of the 2018 World Cup in Russia delivered strong figures across Europe and beyond, with 163 million watching France’s triumph over surprise finalists Croatia on Sunday. Not surprisingly, French viewers were gripped, with 19.3m viewers watching the match on TF1, which kicked off at 5pm local time. 1.5m viewers in Croatia – an […]

BeIN Media hails anti-piracy victory in Sweden

Qatar-based pay TV operator BeIN Media has secured a victory in its battle with piracy following a Swedish court handing prison sentences and fines to three individuals behind Arabic-region pirate outfit Advanced TV Network (ATN). The conviction follows a complaint filed by Nordic antipiracy group Nordic Content Protection in 2016. The trio behind ATN have […]

BeIN Media offering more FTA World Cup as piracy dispute rolls on

BeIN Media is broadcasting 22 matches from the FIFA World Cup in Russia free-to-air as the Qatar-based pay TV broadcaster continues to be plagued by pirate service BeoutQ, broadcasting from neighbouring Saudi Arabia. BeIN announced the extension of its free-to-air plans at the start of the competition, with 22 matches made available unencrypted on its […]

Vodafone Portugal launches ‘smart replay’

Vodafone Portugal has launched a ‘smart replay’ feature in time for the FIFA World Cup that provides smart bookmarks identifying the key highlights of matches. The service, available free of charge to Vodafone Net Voz customers, enables users to view a timeline at the bottom of the screen that identifies the key highlights of the […]

Canal+ and BeIN Sports team up for World Cup in 4K UHD

Canal+ and BeIN Sports have teamed up to launch the BeIN Sports 1 4K channel in France, providing 4K UHD coverage of the FIFA World Cup from Russia. The channel will be available for the duration of the tournament, from June 14 until July 15, offering coverage of 56 matches, including the matches of the […]

Free signs up for TF1 4K ahead of World Cup

French broadcaster TF1 will make 28 matches from the FIFA World Cup in Russia available in 4K UHD on a new TF1 4K channel via Iliad Telecom/Free’s Freebox Mini 4K, according to the service provider. TF1’s agreement to distribute the 4K channel on Free follows similar deals with Altice France and Bouygues Telecom. Orange, with […]

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