Fox Sports reveals World Cup digital coverage plans
With the 2018 FIFA World Cup less than ten days away, Fox Sports has revealed its digital highlights which include all 64 matches available in multi-angle, social virtual reality.
The digital offerings compliment the 38 games Fox will broadcast on network television, along with all 64 matches live across Fox and FS1.
“Soccer fans and casual viewers alike will be delighted by our World Cup executions across the FOX Sports apps and FOXSports.com,” said David Wertheimer, President, Digital Products for Fox Networks Group, Digital Consumer Group. “Just like our broadcasts, Fox Sports digital products provide unprecedented access — getting viewers closer and deeper into the action.”
Some of the highlights include:
World Cup Hub – The FIFA World Cup Hub, launches the week of June 4 and changes dynamically to reflect current match and tournament status, and provides convenient access to all Fox Sports digital content across FOXSports.com and the Fox Sports App. Key features include:
- Live streams and full replays of all 64 matches
- Match Center – Gives users access to bonus feeds, commentary, rosters, stats and highlights
- Highlight Machine presented by adidas – Invites Web and mobile visitors to create and share custom highlight reels from past and current matches
- Extensive Highlights
- Exclusive Original Content
- Fan Guide
- Team Pages
Bonus Feeds – In addition to the main broadcast stream, Fox Sports offers five bonus feeds for each of the 64 FIFA World Cup matches, including Team Channels, Match 360, Tactical View, Cable Cam view and Highlights. The Bonus Feeds deliver seven hours of additional coverage per match and 448 total additional hours of coverage over the length of the tournament.
Team Channels presented by Adidas & Coca-Cola – Fox Sports will produce a country-specific experience encompassing three live video feeds (match simulcast, player & coach/bench) as well as real-time, team-vs-team stats. All feeds are synced to provide concurrent views of the action from various angles of the pitch.
Match 360 (before & after the match) – A behind-the-scenes look two hours before each match kickoff that chronicles everything from team bus arrivals to warm-ups before the match
Tactical View (during the game) – Positioned high above one of the goals, this view shows all 22 players on the pitch and reveals the shape of the offense and defense of both nations; at the end of the match, coverage switches to on-field post-match interviews, followed by both team press conferences
Cable Cam – Suspended over the pitch, offers a unique view of the action
Highlights – Provides a constant loop of highlights and significant plays as they happen; shown from multiple angles, including super slo-motion replay
Social VR – Introduced at last season’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, FOX Sports once again teams with industry-leader LiveLike on a social virtual reality offering, including a custom suite and three immersive, multi-angle VR feeds from each game