Oct 132014

Sky Sports has won the rights to broadcast the Cricket World Cup taking place in England and Wales in 2019.

STAR has been awarded the global rights from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Sky Sports has an exclusive arrangement with STAR for broadcast in the UK and Ireland. Sky’s existing agreement includes the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.

The ICC rights awarded to Sky Sports also include the World Cup in India in February 2023, the World Twenty20 in India in 2016 and in Australia in 2020 and the Women’s World Cups to be held in England and Wales in 2017 and New Zealand in 2021.

Jun 172014

World Cup matches on Filmons web and “affiliate” service are being geoblocked.

Users outside the UK trying to watch BBC and ITV coverage of World Cup matches are being presented with the following banner, saying the World Cup matches are unavailable due to restrictions imposed by FIFA.

In some cases the channel simply does not load.

Filmon say “Due to restrictions imposed by Fifa today, only people with a UK IP will be able to watch the World Cup. It was out of our control.




It is thought, but not confirmed, that users of “XBMC” boxes, who can access these channels from other “non filmon” sources addons.


But it does beg the question, if FIFA can get their content geoblocked on Filmon, why can’t the actual broadcasters do so?


an email from filmon about the blocked coverage:

You should be getting ITV 1 right now, but it will be blocked during the transmission of World Cup matches. Unfortunately FIFA has requested for us to block all World Cup coverage on our UK channel streams. As a result we can only show World Cup coverage from UK channels to customers that have a UK IP address. While we’re aware that people may be going around the IP restrictions by obtaining a UK IP via VPN software such as Hotspot Shield or Expat Shield, this is beyond our control and we can’t encourage this or supply any help in setting it up.

Tomorrow (Thursday) and on Sunday, the German station ZDF will be streaming the matches and you should still be able to watch them on that channel if you don’t mind German commentary. This may change as well if FIFA requests it:

If you are receiving a “Subscription expired” or similar message while trying to watch ITV1 outside the UK, please note this is displayed in error and purchasing a subscription would not give you access to World Cup coverage. To rectify this error we would appreciate if you could forward a screen print of this issue so that we can reproduce and rectify.

Should you be having trouble viewing ITV1 right now, it will help us analyse your connection if you please perform the following three checks for us:

1. – This tests your connection to FilmOn and gathers playback-relevant data about your client or browser. After this diagnostic check has finished, you will get a result link – shown above the results – which you can send back to us. If there is a problem with copypasting, the number at the end of the link will be enough.

2. – Here your overall connection is measured. Click “Begin Test” and – when it is done – “Share this result”, which allows you to copy the web result link and email it back to us.

3. It is also important for us to know if you experience performance problems on all channels or only on particular ones. Especially important regarding the UK channels is:
If you’re experiencing problems from “group A” (BBC1-4, ITV1-4, Channel 4 & 5)… are you at the same time noticing problems from “group B” (ITV1+ – ITV4+, Dave, More4, Really)?

Kind regards, Support Team

Jun 052014

The BBC is to experiment with 4K broadcasting technology during the 2014 World Cup.

These tests will not be available to the public.

These tests are set to be the beginning of the BBC investigating how it can bring 4K to its viewers.

The BBC has previously been involved in testing 8K Ultra HD recordings of the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Part of the trial will involve the BBC building its understanding of the limitations of sending 4K streams over the web, through iPlayer for example.

Sony is filming three games in 4K, including the World Cup Final itself. The footage is set to be put together into a film once the tournament is over.

Jun 012014

Today (1st June 2014) BeIN have changed their sports package details.

This coincides with the World Cup package they have introduced.

All existing subscriptions have been reverted to a basic level.

You can upgrade to one of the new packages.

World Cup Package (will include the channels carrying the World Cup)
Sports Package (will not include channels carrying the World Cup)

Any upgrade should take into account the expiration date of your previous subscription, and this (should!) will be deducted from your upgrade price.

May 222014

World Cup 2014 – BBC Sport Coverage Promo – Part 2



Part 1 :


BBC World Cup Coverage in Spain

BBC World Cup Coverage On Satellite TV in Spain

Spanish World Cup TV Coverage

May 122014

World Cup 2014 – BBC Sport Promo – Part 1

A Promo trailer for the BBCs World Cup 2014 coverage.





BBC World Cup Coverage in Spain

BBC World Cup Coverage On Satellite TV in Spain

Spanish World Cup TV Coverage

May 112014

BBC coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup details released

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil (12 June-13 July) promises to be a spectacular feast of football and the BBC will deliver audiences every moment of this long-awaited tournament across television, radio and digital platforms – the first 24/7 World Cup.

With a talent line-up second to none, packed to the rafters with former international players, we will be bringing the best live action, commentary, highlights, analysis and reports throughout the five weeks of competition.

Fifa-World-Cup-Brazil-2014Gary Lineker leads the TV coverage and will be joined by former England captain Rio Ferdinand, France World Cup winner Thierry Henry, and former Dutch midfielder and current AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf.

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper and former USA international Brad Friedel are new signings for the Radio 5 live punditry team along with Celtic manager and former Northern Ireland midfielder Neil Lennon, who will have a combined role across TV and radio.

They join the impressive BBC roster of former internationals working across TV and radio of Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer, Chris Waddle, Martin Keown, Kevin Kilbane, Mark Lawrenson, Danny Mills, Danny Murphy, Phil Neville, Robbie Savage, Pat Nevin, Jason Roberts and John Hartson. The World Cup marks Alan Hansen’s last event as a BBC pundit before he retires from his Match Of The Day role after 22 years.

Online, will be the go to destination for fans looking for enhanced live coverage, every single goal, expert analysis, breaking news, exclusive content and interactive features – all available across any device at any time.

With 31 live matches on TV and over 160 hours of programming, including highlights and match replays across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, their respective HD channels and the red button, plus 24 days of live football on Radio 5 live, and all content available to catch up on BBC iPlayer, there is over 50% more coverage available than in 2010. Audiences never need miss a minute of this amazing tournament with BBC Sport’s enhanced digital coverage. Available across PC, tablet, mobile and connected TV, all the live video, radio, breaking news and highlights of every game will be available on any device, at any time. Online, BBC Sport will provide a wealth of exclusive content and interactive features, including a daily ‘World Cup breakfast’ video and Gary Lineker’s guide to World Cup penalty shootouts.

In addition to the football action, the BBC is producing a range of programmes across TV and radio that reflect the sights, sounds, culture and history of Brazil as well as delving deep into the heart of football, fronted by top names including David Beckham, Gary Lineker and Rio Ferdinand.

BBC News will be producing extensive live coverage on a daily basis serving a wide range of BBC outlets across TV, radio and online across the UK as well as BBC World News, the World Service, BBC Brasil and BBC’s Persian and Arabic services. There will also be comprehensive coverage, blogs and on-demand video available on the BBC News website and

Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport, says: “The BBC is the home of big sporting events and it doesn’t get much bigger than the World Cup. Our aim is for this to be the first truly 24/7 World Cup and we will deliver a complete experience for our audience through both traditional and digital platforms. We’ve put together a great cast of pundits, presenters, commentators and reporters to steer audiences though the tournament and we can’t wait to bring the infectious excitement of this competition to our viewers and listeners wherever and whenever they want it.”






BBC World Cup Coverage in Spain

BBC World Cup Coverage On Satellite TV in Spain

Spanish World Cup TV Coverage

Apr 262014

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF will not broadcast the games of the Football World Cup 2014 on Eutelsat’s Hot Bird satellite system at 13° East due to rights restrictions.

The broadcasters’ live coverage of all 64 World Cup matches will only be transmitted on Astra (19.2° East) which has a smaller footprint than Hot Bird and acts as the main DTH platform serving domestic satellite households in Germany.

“The contractual agreement with FIFA does not enable ZDF to distribute the coverage on Eutelsat Hot Bird,” a ZDF spokesman told Broadband TV News. He added that no decision has been made yet which programmes will replace ZDF’s World Cup transmissions on the Eutelsat satellite.

A spokesperson from SWR, the ARD affiliate handling the World Cup coverage, told Broadband TV News that, according to the present state of knowledge, ARD will only distribute the World Cup matches on Astra, like it has been the case at the previous World Cup four years ago. SWR expects to make a firm statement on this matter in mid-May 2014.

The rights issue arises from Hot Bird’s large footprint through which ARD and ZDF reach, for example, expats, hotels, embassies and army troops in remote areas not served by Astra. The wide-beam transponders used by the broadcasters also cover the Middle East and Northern Africa where pay-TV broadcaster beIN Sports from the Al-Jazeera group has obtained the exclusive live broadcast rights from FIFA. With the removal of their unencrypted World Cup coverage, ARD and ZDF avoid a legal dispute with the rights holder in these territories.

ARD and ZDF on Hotbird will therefore have to show alternate programming, when World Cup football matches are being played and show on the same channels on Astra 19 east.


FIFA would like to reiterate that contrary to some reports about the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ coverage in the Middle East and Northern Africa, including statements attributed to ZDF, FIFA’s broadcast partner in Germany, ZDF will not be broadcasting matches unencrypted on the Eutelsat Hot Bird satellite platform during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. ZDF/ARD are media rights licensees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ for the German territory only. As such, their broadcasts will be available in the German language and restricted to Germany. beIN Sports is the exclusive Media Rights Licensee for the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Apr 122014

The television schedules for this summer’s World Cup have been announced, with the BBC showing England’s opening match against Italy.

ITV will then have live coverage of England’s remaining Group D clashes against Uruguay and Costa Rica.

The BBC will be hoping that Roy Hodgson’s side make it out of the group stage, as they will have first pick on the last-16 stage and have already said they will select England.

Any quarter-final appearance for England will be broadcast on ITV, leaving the BBC with first choice at the semi-final stage, before both channels show the final on 13th July.


Full World Cup 2014 group stage TV schedule:

12 June

Brazil v Croatia 9pm ITV

13 June

Mexico v Cameroon 5pm ITV

Spain v Netherlands 8pm BBC

Chile v Australia 11pm ITV

14 June

Columbia v Greece 5pm BBC

Uruguay v Costa Rica 8pm ITV

England v Italy 11pm BBC

Ivory Coast v Japan 2am ITV

15 June

Switzerland v Ecuador 5pm ITV

France v Honduras 8pm BBC

Argentina v Bosnia 11pm BBC

16 June

Germany v Portugal 5pm ITV

Iran v Nigeria 8pm BBC

Ghana v USA 11pm BBC

17 June

Brazil v Mexico 8pm BBC

Belgium v Algeria 5pm ITV

Russia v South Korea 11pm BBC

18 June

Cameroon v Croatia 11pm ITV

Australia v Holland 5pm ITV

Spain v Chile 8pm BBC

19 June

Columbia v Ivory Coast 5pm BBC

Japan v Greece 11pm BBC

England v Uruguay 8pm ITV

20 June

France v Switzerland 8pm ITV

Italy v Costa Rica 5pm BBC

Honduras v Ecuador 11pm ITV

21 June

Germany v Ghana 8pm BBC

Argentina v Iran 5pm ITV

Nigeria v Bosnia 11pm BBC

22 June

Belgium v Russia 5pm BBC

USA v Portugal 11pm BBC

South Korea v Algeria 8pm ITV

23 June

Cameroon v Brazil 9pm ITV

Croatia v Mexico 9pm ITV

Australia v Spain 5pm ITV

Holland v Chile 5pm ITV

24 June

Japan v Columbia 9pm BBC

Greece v Ivory Coast 9pm BBC

England v Costa Rica 5pm ITV

25 June

Ecuador v France 9pm BBC

Honduras v Switzerland 9pm BBC

Nigeria v Argentina 5pm ITV

Bosnia v Iran 5pm ITV

26 June

South Korea v Belgium 9pm ITV

Algeria v Russia 9pm ITV

USA V Germany 5pm BBC

Portugal v Ghana 5pm BBC


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