FIFA World Cup 2018 TV Channels – Football is the most popular sport in the whole world. FIFA World Cup 2018 is the biggest tournament of Football where top international teams fight for the glory. Winner of this competition is considered as the Champion of the world for next 4 years. Every country wants to live this dream. FIFA World Cup competition happens after every 4 years. Recent FIFA World cup of 2014 was held in Brazil where Germany was crowned as Champions of the world. FIFA world cup returns this year and is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. All the slots have been taken by the top teams now and every team will try its best to win the FIFA World Cup. This tournament is followed by almost all the countries making it the most watched sports event.
This world cup will be the 21st FIFA world cup. This tournament will involve 32 National teams. Some people consider Olympics as the biggest tournament but recent studies showed that the FIFA World Cup in 2014 had more views than the Olympics. And this viewing number is expected to go higher this year. The list of all the TV channels who got the official rights to broadcast the FIFA World Cup 2018 is given below,:
|United Kingdom||BBC, ITV (both networks set to share 2018 world coverage in the UK)|
|Ireland||RTE (exclusive coverage rights for all world cup matches on TV, Radio and online)|
|Australia||SBS, Optus Sport (Australia matches on SBS while other matches on SBS’s subscription channel Optus)|
|France||TF1, beIN Sports (France matches on TF1 while other games on beIN Sports)|
|USA||FoxSports (exclusive English rights in the US), Telemundo (Spanish coverage)|
|India & South Asia||Sony Pictures Network (Sony has exclusive rights in south asia and sub continent countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afgahanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives etc)|
|Germany||ARD, ZDF (Coverage to be shared between ARD and ZDF)|
|Other European Countries||EBU (most of the european countries will have live coverage on Free to air local channels, specially the matches involving the nation team of that country)|
|South American Countries||Direct TV, Sky|
|Caribbean||Direct TV, Sky|
With improved media services, FIFA wants to provide better media coverage of FIFA World Cup 2018. FIFA wants to provide free coverage for the fans. A total of 64 matches will be played in 11 cities of Russia. This event attracted a lot of competition for broadcasting rights and FIFA sold these rights at a very handsome price making it the biggest deal of any competition. According to official reports, this deal would generate a handsome amount of around $1.85bn (£1.15bn) for the cycle of 2018 to 2022. FIFA World cup rights are the major reason behind this amount.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Commentary on Radio:
FIFA has given the live commentary rights on Radio to more than 40 countries. This would make it easy for the fans to hear the live audio commentary on their radio stations. FIFA has released all radio broadcasters of this competition. For example, in Australia SBS radio channel will provide all the details of every match of the FIFA World Cup 2018. 7 radio stations of Russia have the official broadcasting rights of FIFA world cup 2018.
All the famous radio channels of Brazil got the official rights for radio broadcasting. Some of the radio channels of Brazil having the rights are, (RádioBandeirantes, RádioGaúcha, RádioItatiaia, RádioJovem Pan, Rádio Verdes Mares, Sistema Globo de Rádio and Super RádioTupi).
Fútbol de Primera in United States and BBC have the rights in United Kingdom.