Volia enters premium sports business with Champions League deal

Ukrainian cable operator Volia and Media Group Ukraine have jointly secured rights to Champions League and Europa League football in the country for the next three seasons. The deal is a first for Volia in the premium sports rights market. The company described it as a milestone in the market for premium content in Ukraine. […]

MTS enters eSports world with Gambit acquisition

Russian service provider MTS has entered the rapidly growing eSports market by acquiring leading eSports team group Gambit Esports. MTS has acquired Praliss Enterprises, which manages Gambit Esports. The latter unites four teams of eSports players – with 16 players in total – that compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Dota 2 and […]

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 […]

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 […]

NHK and FIFA team up for 8K World Cup

Japanese public broadcaster NHK and football’s world governing body FIFA are joining forces to cover the Women’s World Cup in 8K. NHK, which took an early lead with high definition and subsequently 4K, is also at the forefront of trialling the new 8K standard. For the World Cup it will have public 8K screenings of […]

Sony and FIFA announce 4K World Cup plans

Sony and FIFA have announced plans to produce three full matches from this summer’s football World Cup in Ultra HD, or 4K, in a move they said will help to accelerate the expansion of this technology.  The international football federation said that it will use Sony’s 4K equipment and production processes to film one game […]

FIFA considers dropping 3D for World Cup

FIFA is reportedly considering dropping 3D coverage of the 2014 World Cup, following ESPN’s decision to axe its 3D channel. Speaking at a briefing during the Confederations Cup, FIFA’s director of television Niclas Ericson said “we are still reviewing whether we should do 3-D for the 2014 FIFA World Cup,” according to an AP report. […]

FIFA opens bidding for European World Cup rights

Football governing body FIFA has invited broadcaster in more than 40 countries across Europe to bid for the rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The organisation has already secured deals for the two tournaments in the US, Middle East and Latin America and is hoping to secure increased bids in Europe. Submissions to […]