BBC reveals plans for digital World Cup coverage

BBC Sport will deliver the first 24/7 World Cup from Brazil, bringing audiences enhanced live coverage, every single goal, expert analysis, breaking news, exclusive online content and interactive features – all available across any device, at any time.

Online and catch-up

The BBC Sport website is the place to go for all the BBC’s world-class journalism, in-depth features and latest news and analysis from Brazil. There will also be a full fixture list, results, a dedicated page for every nation in the World Cup and the full tournament ‘wall chart’ schedule.

To help audiences keep up-to-date with all the action and major talking points, a range of interactive features and exclusive online and catch-up content will be available, including:

  • A daily ‘World Cup breakfast’ video: Available online each morning from the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer, on connected TVs, and to download via the BBC iPlayer app. Perfect for watching over breakfast or on the commute, it will sum up the previous day’s events and looking forward to what’s coming up
  • An interactive guide to World Cup penalty shootouts with Gary Lineker: A BBC iWonder guide will explore where every penalty has been taken in World Cup shootout history. Combining video, graphics and text, the guide will analyse everything there is to know, such as how many have been taken, success rate, top nation, worst nation, best keeper and, most important of all, where best to place one
  • Catch-up content: The BBC Sport website and connected TV app will offer highlights of every single match as soon as the final whistle blows, full match replays for BBC TV games and a range of other clips. All World Cup TV programmes broadcast on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three will also be available for catch-up on BBC iPlayer.

Social media

BBC Sport will offer a range of activities and content across its Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Twitter accounts. This will give fans a chance to get even closer to the BBC’s coverage, presenters and special guests with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and daily live Q&A sessions. Users can also take part in match analysis through polls by voting directly from social media accounts or the BBC Sport live World Cup page – simply listen out for instructions from BBC presenters during live broadcast and online coverage.

The BBC will also curate the best contributions from across social media, sharing comments and user-generated content and including them in the BBC’s live broadcast and online coverage. In addition, BBC Sport will provide curated lists of the BBC’s expert journalists and talent, alongside players and teams at the World Cup to give users even more insight.

Red Button and connected TVs

The BBC Sport connected TV app is now available on over 550 devices and will offer a dedicated World Cup 2014 Homescreen that includes:

  • Live streaming of BBC matches including options to select alternative match commentaries
  • A guide to live matches available to watch each day and a selection of full length games for catch-up
  • Match highlights and headlines
  • Full ‘live’ coverage of the World Cup Rewind matches. Available to watch in full length on-demand afterwards
  • The daily 10 minute ‘World Cup breakfast’ video available from 5am in the morning each day of the World Cup to watch before heading to work
  • Fixtures, Scores, Results & Tables

BBC Red Button will offer a range of additional coverage, including a number of archive matches in the run-up to the tournament, selected full match replays including all England games, and match highlights throughout the World Cup.


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