As the FIFA World Cup 2018 kick starts in Moscow, football lovers in 210 countries across the globe will get the first-hand experience of as it happens, when it happens during the 62 games across 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities between June 14 and July 15.
Close to 300 broadcasters have acquired the media rights across these 210 nations to broadcast the FIFA World Cup live action on their screens.
In India, Sony Pictures Network will broadcast all the live action in three languages on five network channels and its OTT platform SonyLIV.
Internet and advanced digital technology providing the live action on the move has taken sports fans away from the live commentary on Radio. That does not mean the radio commentary has become a thing of the past for all football fans.
Between 75 and 80 radio stations across the globe will offer live running commentary in different countries. There is no count available for the numerous digital streaming platforms. In India, the football fans, in addition to Sony LIV, can also catch up live action on JioTV and Airtel TV mobile apps.
There are more interesting broadcast numbers. The 207 territories across the globe will amount for a total of 98,087 broadcast hours.
The FIFA World Cup live broadcast has gone a long way since a match was first televised live during the 1954 Switzerland edition.
During the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, the total in-home audience reach (20+ consecutive minutes) was recorded at 2.1 billion, whereas 3.2 billion in-home audience had watched the live World Cup action at least for one minute. Each live match had an average in home audience of 186.7 million
The consolidated in-home and out-of-home audience reach (1+ minute) for the final game in Brazil four years ago was recorded at 1.013 billion, which is more than the consolidated viewership of the entire Indian Premier League 2018 audience.
Every four years FIFA TV comes up with various new innovations to deliver a world-class TV production. This year all 64 matches will be produced on the basis of a 34-camera plan with increased coverage, content and features in HD 1080p, in UHD and 4K HDR. In addition to a wide range of multi-media services that will complement and enhance the broadcast of the FIFA World Cup, we will see the premiere of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system at this year’s World Cup.
The 34-camera plan to include the addition of two reverse corner cameras, one tunnel camera, an aerial/helicopter camera and a cable camera at every match.
TV production team will consist of over 2,000 professionals. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia will be HBS’ fifth FIFA World Cup as Host Broadcaster. The FIFA World Cup in 2018 will be the biggest event to use one single production to create both UHD and HD content. Utilizing the advantages offered by Sony’s SR Live (Slog3) production techniques this event will see over 370 Sony cameras, 29 XVS switchers and over 1000 monitors used to deliver both UHD HDR and HD SDR options to broadcasters across the world as part of the FIFA TV production delivered by Host Broadcast Services (HBS).