The 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 20th World Cup, is an international men’s football tournament that will take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. The action starts tomorrow in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, at 4 p.m. ET, with Brazil taking on Croatia at Arena Corinthians.
Disney and Univision hold the U.S. broadcast rights. It will be carried by ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio; Univision and Univision Deportes; and on the Fútbol de Primera radio network in the United States. CBC, Radio-Canada and TSN Radio will carry it in Canada.
Real-time Ultra HD broadcasts of World Cup 2014 will not apparently be widely available.
Globo – the largest broadcasting group in Brazil – is working with both Sony and FIFA to showcase Ultra HD 4K technology, reports Bloomberg. The broadcaster is setting up 65in screens locally to broadcast the three matches being covered by Sony and FIFA in 4K, which includes the final and two other knockout games.
The BBC will be running a 4K Ultra HD trial broadcast of three World Cup matches, sending a live 4K feed from Brazil to selected BBC facilities.
LTE Broadcast can deliver the same content simultaneously to multiple devices and support a virtually unlimited number of users.
Ericsson, IBM, Qualcomm and Samsung recently helped KPN, a wireless network operator in the Netherlands, to a conduct live LTE broadcast trial from Amsterdam’s Arena stadium.
The 4G wireless broadcast leveraged Ericsson compression and distribution switching technology that supports three standards: eMBMS (a point-to-point interface specification designed to deliver broadcast and multicast services), HEVC (H.265 compression) and MPEG DASH (a video streaming format).
In another test, on May 5, Elemental Technologies, a supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, supplied the Vienna State Opera with “the world’s first” live 4K production in using HEVC compression delivered via MPEG-DASH over the public Internet.
Elemental Technologies also encoded 4K content in high-efficiency video coding (HEVC) for terrestrial broadcast delivery over Japan’s ISDB-T to Ultra HD TVs. The ISDB-T standard covers television, radio and data services.
Brazilian telecoms company Oi, an official Fifa partner, has been furiously gearing up for the tournament. They’ve grown from 78,000 hotspots in April to more than 700,000 now – the largest network in Brazil. It has also increased the coverage and capacity of its 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks at key points throughout the tournament cities.
In preparation for the games regulating telecom agency Anatel mandated that host cities with more than 500,000 people must support universal 4G coverage by May 31, 2014. Telecom operators have since installed 164 miles of fiber in the stadiums, 3,700 antennas for 2G, 3G, and 4G access, and 1,014 WiFi antennas, at a cost of US$226 million.