FIFA unveils turbo-charged FIFA+ ahead of World Cup 2022 kick-off

As usual, the FIFA World Cup, which kicks off on Monday in Qatar, has triggered an outpouring of technical innovations from broadcasters and digital platforms. Dedicated 4K channels are in vogue, as are streaming services that offer comprehensive live and on-demand coverage, with interactive, ecommerce and personalised bells & whistles. Not to be left out, […]

Cash-strapped RTP sub-licences FIFA World Cup rights to rivals

Portuguese public broadcaster RTP has sub-licensed a series of FIFA World Cup 2022 rights to rival broadcasters SIC and TVI. RTP secured the rights as part of a FIFA deal with the European Broadcasting Union, signed in 2012. No details have been given on the price paid, but Impresa-owned SIC has started to provide information […]

FIFA unveils Roblox partnership on eve of Qatar 2022 World Cup

Football’s world governing body FIFA has agreed a multi-year partnership with virtual gaming hub Roblox – touted by some as a prototype for the future metaverse. The two partners said the partnership will offer the Roblox community, currently around 50 million daily active users, as well football fans around the world, free-to-play access to FIFA […]

FIFA+ to stream U-20 Women’s World Cup

FIFA+ will be the exclusive home of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022, the organisation has said.  The streaming platform will carry the competition in 114 territories, with all matches available to watch for free. The 16-team tournament kicked off with Germany 1-0 defeat to Colombia on August 10, with the final […]

FIFA+ launches first CTV app

Free-to-view football streamer FIFA+ has announced the launch of its first CTV app. Available on Hisense VIDAA-powered devices (Hisense is a long-time commercial partner of the football organisation), the streamer offers access to thousands of free hours of original, live and archive football along with documentary content.  The platform, which launched earlier this year, provides […]

FIFA invites UK bids for Women’s World Cup

FIFA has launched an invitation to tender for the UK media rights to next year’s Women’s World Cup.  The invitation to tender, which follows a similar invitation in France, comes as interest in the event continues to grow at pace. The most recent edition in France in 2019 attracted a global audience of over 1.1 […]

Football focus – listen to the latest episode of TV Watch

The latest episode of Digital TV Europe’s podcast TV Watch is now available to stream wherever you get your podcasts. In the latest episode, host Jonathan Easton speaks with FIFA+ commissioning editor James Abraham about the football governing body’s ambitions for streaming; and with Omdia senior principal analyst Tim Westcott about the merger of BT […]

FIFA predicts World Cup 2022 will reach 5 billion viewers

The president of FIFA has estimated that 5 billion people around the globe will watch the 2022 World Cup from Qatar. The event, which has been embroiled in controversies surrounding everything from financing to human rights abuses, will be the first to take place in the Middle East, and, due to the region’s scorching summer […]

FIFA launches FIFA+ streaming platform featuring 40,000 live matches per year

FIFA has launched a standalone streaming service which will provide football fans with free access to over 40,000 live matches per year. The global football authority said that the platform, FIFA+, will broadcast over 29,000 men’s matches and over 11,000 women’s matches from 100 member associations across all six confederations by the end of 2022. […]

FIFA launches tender for in-flight and in-ship rights

International football association FIFA has launched a tender process for worldwide in-flight and in-ship media rights to its2022-2023 competitions, including the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Women’s World Cup. The 2022 event will be the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East and the first to take place in November and December, while […]

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