World Cup Fever: Watch the Big Games in 4K and Virtual Reality with the BBC
The biggest footballing event in the world is almost upon us and World Cup fever is taking hold. But if you didn’t manage to get your hands on a ticket to the big event you need fret no more; the BBC are showing each of their games in Ultra HD and Virtual Reality through the iPlayer App for a fully immersive experience.
Ultra HD / 4K
Every game that the BBC airs will be available in Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) through the iPlayer app. This essentially means that the images streamed will contain roughly four times as many pixels as a standard HD picture, ensuring that you don’t miss a detail.
This content is part of a longer-term trial for the BBC and as such, limited spaces are available for each game. The feature will begin as soon as the build-up to each match starts and will come on a first-come, first-served basis. Whilst the BBC haven’t given a definitive amount, we are lead to believe that this will cover tens of thousands of users.
To access each game in Ultra HD, all you need is a high-speed internet connection and a compatible 4K TV.
Clove Technology recommends the Apple 4K TV. The device supports 4K HDR and Dolby Vision, as well as making it easier than ever to access the BBC iPlayer application.
If stunning 4K visuals aren’t enough, then the BBC have cranked things up a notch and allowed viewers to watch each game using virtual reality.
By downloading the free ‘BBC Sport VR – FIFA World Cup Russia 2018’ app, users are transported to their own private box within a Russian stadium. Whilst the game is on, you can head over to the box’s giant viewing window and look out onto the pitch from the BBC Sport sofa. Alternatively, you may wish to catch the game from behind one of the goals. So too, access a range of live statistics that pop-up from a virtual coffee table.
The Virtual Reality World Cup Experience is available to anyone with a smartphone and compatible VR headset.