World Cup 2014

Details of BBC coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup across TV, radio and online

World Cup 2014: Digital coverage

Date: 07.05.2014     Last updated: 07.05.2014 at 11.15
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.

Fans can share in all the excitement at and through the BBC Sport apps for mobiles and tablets and on connected TVs – whether it’s getting the latest updates from Brazil on a mobile during the morning commute, joining in the match-day build-up from a PC at work, watching matches on the biggest screen in the house or the late kick-offs in bed on a tablet.

Live coverage

From Manaus to Macclesfield and Rio to Rickmansworth, BBC Sport’s dedicated live World Cup page will bring fans together and put them at the heart of the action. It will combine all the BBC’s live digital coverage in one place, allowing audiences to access live video, radio and text updates wherever and whenever they want.

The live World Cup page also complements the BBC’s broadcast coverage, as audiences can open it up on a handheld device or laptop whilst watching the match on TV or connected TVs. This allows people to join the conversation with BBC experts, watch in-game rolling highlights and access a wealth of data and interactivity:

  • See it live: Watch live video for every BBC TV game, choose from alternative match commentaries, including BBC Radio 5 Live, and relive the key moments through our in-game highlights
  • Be a part of the atmosphere: Join in the match-day build-up and live coverage with the BBC’s expert reporters and pundits, alongside the best comments and opinions from social media, email and SMS
  • Keep in touch with the action: Faster-than-ever match stats and text commentary will bring audiences even closer to the action, and when watching isn’t an option, automatic goal alerts are available for all World Cup nations via the BBC Sport mobile and tablet apps
  • Have your say: Take part in live polls on the game’s key talking points through the live World Cup page or directly from social media accounts – simply listen out for instructions from the BBC’s live broadcast and online coverage.

World Cup Rewind

BBC Sport will also use its live technology to recreate some of the home nations’ greatest World Cup matches online, as though they’re unfolding in real-time. Audiences will be able to experience or relive the 1966 World Cup final, Archie Gemmill’s wonder goal in 1978, the ‘Hand of God’ in 1986, Gazza’s tears in 1990, and Gerry Armstrong stunning Spain in 1982.

These classic matches will be replayed in full and will be given the BBC’s full live treatment, including ‘live’ video, text commentary and contributions from special guests with unique perspectives on the action, including Gary Lineker.

All matches will be available to watch across four screens – PC, tablet, mobile and connected TV – at or through the BBC Sport apps for mobiles, tablets and connected TVs:

  • Friday 30 May, 12pm: England v West Germany, 1966 final
  • Saturday 31 May, 3pm: Scotland v The Netherlands, 1978 group match
  • Wednesday 4 June, 12pm: England v Argentina, 1986 quarter-final
  • Saturday 7 June, 3pm: England v Germany, 1990 semi-final
  • Sunday 8 June, 3pm: Spain v Northern Ireland, 1982 group match

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.