FIFA World CUP 2018 kick stars in Moscow with the inaugural tie between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia. A 2,000-strong crew, using state of the art technology will produce the live feed of each match with 37 cameras for around 300 broadcasters in 210 territories across the world.
In India, according to a survey report, over 61% fans will tune in to TV screens for live action, while 45% of the World Cup viewers will also rely on the Internet.
So where and how can you catch the matches of your choice
FIVE SONY NETWORK CHANNELS
The official FIFA World Cup 2108 broadcaster in India Sony Pictures Network will present all the 64 World Games live in six languages – English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Bangla languages.
Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 2 HD channels will provide the world feed live in English. The Hindi-speaking football fans can tune-in to Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD. Sony ESPN is your destination if you wish to enjoy the World Cup live action with any of the four regional language commentaries.
Sony Pictures Network has also announced a star-studded panel for Football Extraaa, the pre, mid & post-match live studio show that will be telecast in English and Hindi. Indian Football superstar Sunil Chhetri, who just completed 100 matches for the national team, will be part of both the English and Hindi panels. He will be joined by another footballing great from India, Bhaichung Bhutia. Champions League winner, Luis Garcia, ex-Manchester United forward, Louis Saha and former England goalkeeper, David James will also feature in the show. Apart from these names Ashley Westwood, Gurpreet Singh, Robin Singh and Novy Kapadia will come together and debate the nuances of the game to give fans in-depth analysis on the ‘greatest show on earth’.
SONY LIV APP & WEBSITE
All the FIFA action will also be available live on SPN’s OTT platform Sony LIV app and Sony LIV website to all the subscribers. The non-subscribers have the option of watching the deferred live feed with a five-minute delay.
For all the FIFA World Cup fans, Sony LIV has also launched a ₹199 six-month subscription package.
Bharti Airtel on its mobile app Airtel TV is offering the FIFA World Cup matches live with multi-language feed. Airtel will also provide free behind the scenes video content along with pre- and post-match analysis shows.
Reliance Jio will offer all the 64 FIFA World Cup 2016 matches live on Jio TV to its 186 million subscribers.
FIFA has announced the 2018 World Cup will be the first to produce all 64 matches in UHD and HDR.
With the use of a hybrid UHD/HDR/1080p setup, multiple choices of video formats will be available (1080i, 1080p or UHD HDR) at the back of a single production chain. Progressive scanning will also be used as a baseline production format.
For the games, 37 cameras will be at each stadium, eight with UHD/HDR and 1080p/SDR dual output and another eight with 1080p/HDR and 1080p/SDR dual output.