FIFA World Cup

BeIN Media to distribute sports channels on Etisalat

Qatar-based BeIN Media has struck a deal with UAE service provider Etisalat to distribute its four dedicated sports channels live with coverage of the FIFA World Cup in the UHD format for the first time. The agreement means that Etisalat’s eLife subscribers will be able to view BeIN Media’s coverage of the World Cup from […]

YouTube highlights football viewing trends ahead of World Cup

YouTube has provided an analysis of football-related trends over the past year on its platform ahead of the FIFA World Cup. The video-sharing platform found that videos about Latin American teams led the way in 2017, with the top five most popular national teams – Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Portugal and Mexico – all from the […]

Fox Sports taps IBM Watson for AI-enabled World Cup

Fox Sports has teamed up with IBM Watson Media and IBM iX to provide fans with a Watson-powered viewer experience – The Highlights Machine – for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup from Russia. According to IBM, the World Cup marks the first event where Fox Sports will be implementing artificial intelligence into its production and […]

BBC to run ‘first-come, first-serve’ UHD trial during World Cup

The BBC has announced two “cutting edge” trials that will see it bring this summer’s FIFA World Cup live to viewers in ultra high definition (UHD) and virtual reality (VR). All 29 World Cup matches that the BBC is due to broadcast on BBC One will also be available in UHD and high dynamic range […]

Canal Digitaal teams up with pubcasters for 4K UHD World Cup

M7 Group-owned Dutch satellite pay TV platform Canal Digitaal is to air matches from the forthcoming football World Cup in 4K Ultra HD. M7 has struck an agreement with Dutch public broadcaster NPO/NOS to air matches from the competition, which takes place in Russia from June 14 until July 15, in 4K UHD. The World […]

Swisscom secures Champions League, teams with SRG for UHD World Cup

Swisscom’s pay TV arm Teleclub has secured the rights to Champions League and Europa League football in Switzerland and will air public broadcaster SRG’s coverage of the World Cup in 4K UHD TV. Champions League and Europa League games will be shown on Teleclub from August 21 and every match from both competitions will be […]

FIFA to use HDR and VR for World Cup 2018

FIFA has announced plans to produce all 64 matches of the 2018 Russian World Cup in Ultra High Definition (UHD) with High Dynamic Range (HDR) for the first time. FIFA said that another new feature for 2018 will allow fans to also follow the matches in virtual reality – both as a live experience and […]

Report: Facebook, Twitter, Snap bid for World Cup clips

Facebook, Twitter and Snap have reportedly offered 21st Century Fox “tens of millions of dollars” to broadcast clips from next year’s World Cup. According to a Bloomberg report, Fox, which shares the US broadcast rights to the Russia-hosted football tournament with Telemundo, is mulling whether to sell exclusive rights to one buyer or “spread them […]

BeIN Sports takes lion’s share of World Cup rights for France

BeIN Sports France has announced that it has secured rights to football 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The broadcaster is sharing the rights with commercial broadcaster TF1, which has also announced its plans for World Cup coverage alongside plans to cover the Women’s World Cup and the Confederations […]

TF1 secures World Cup rights

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has secured the rights to broadcast the 28 top matches from the 2018 and 2022 FIFA football World Cups, as well as coverage of the 2019 Women’s World Cup and the 2017 Confederations Cup. TF1 said the deal meant it had secured broadcast and digital rights to the top four international […]