The 2018 FIFA world cup starts in few days from now. The good news is British football fans who are not able to watch the matches live in Russia can watch the matches from the comfort of their homes via BBC’s Ultra HD and virtual reality which BBC sport is trialing for the tournament.
Subscribers will enjoy a fully immersive stadium experience via their headsets. The company today announced it will stream several matches of the 2018 FIFA world cup live in 4K resolution and high dynamic range colour (HDR) to all it UK-based subscribers.
BBC have access to 33 matches during the world cup and all of them will be shown live and for free BBC Sport’s VR 2018 World Cup app while of the 33, only 29 will be available via Ultra HD. BBC have confirmed the Ultra HD TV can be accessed through the fast-speed internet connection but there is a catch, it will only be available on the basis of first come first served.
BBC have not said the exact number of people who will be allowed access to the Ultra HD TV system but have said the stream will be accessible from the BBC iPlayer home screen immediately coverage begins but only that “tens of thousands” of people will be granted access. This means for a user to be able to gain access, he or she must be one of the “tens of thousands” or people to click on the relevant home screen for any particular match.
BBC claims for best experience, users will need 40 megabits per second (Mbit/s) internet connection which may be a problem for most users as most households in the UK do not have this. This unfortunately means those who have slower internet connections will be provided with a lower-resolution image of the matches and not the stadium like experience it was meant to provide.
A statement quoted BBC chief technology & product officer Matthew Postgate as saying; “From the very first tournament on TV in 1954 and England’s finest hour in 1966, to the first colour World Cup in 1970 and then full HD in 2006, the BBC has brought major live broadcasting breakthroughs to UK audiences throughout the history of the World Cup.
“Now, with these trials we’re giving audiences yet another taste of the future.”