The 2022 World Cup is here and if you want to see all the action in 4K with HDR we’ve got all the details below.
The 2022 World Cup is now in full swing, the first round of group matches are all complete now. If you live in the UK and have a smart TV, you can probably watch the tournament opener in 4K HDR.
BBC has announced that it plans to show each of the 33 games it has the broadcast rights to in UHD format, with HDR support via Beeb’s co-developed HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) format. There are 64 games in total at the tournament, meaning more than half will be available in 4K HDR.
How to watch the World Cup in 4K on BBC iPlayer
The BBC cannot broadcast 4K over the traditional broadcast network, so you’ll need a smart TV (or media player) with the iPlayer app installed if you want to enjoy the World Cup in 4K on the BBC. Nowadays, the BBC has greatly expanded the range of 4K TVs that can enjoy UHD content with HLG HDR.
You can find the full list here, but most devices as of 2018 can handle 4K UHD HDR broadcasts, including TVs from Samsung, Sony, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Toshiba, Sharp, HiSense and JVC.
The iPlayer app on some Amazon, Roku, Virgin Media and YouView set-top boxes and media players can also handle the UHD streams.
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Are English games in 4K?
England’s opening game against Iran on Monday 21 November was broadcast live on the BBC and shown in 4K with HDR.
The Three Lions’ final group game against Wales on Tuesday 29 November can also be seen on the BBC. Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m.
Unfortunately, the game against USA is on ITV on November 25 (kick-off 7pm).
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Which games does BBC show in 4K?
The BBC is showing a total of 24 group matches live, all of which will be available in 4K on BBC iPlayer. You can see the schedule below. TV rights for the knockout stages will be announced once the group games are complete, but the Beeb will have nine more live games, including the final on December 18.
- November 20, 4:00 p.m.: Qatar-Ecuador
- November 21, 1:00 p.m.: England v Iran
- November 22, 4:00 p.m.: Mexico-Poland
- November 22, 7:00 p.m.: France-Australia
- November 23, 7:00 p.m.: Belgium-Canada
- November 24, 1:00 p.m.: Uruguay v South Korea
- November 24, 7:00 p.m.: Brazil-Serbia
- November 25, 10:00 a.m.: Wales v Iran
- November 25, 1:00 p.m.: Qatar-Senegal
- November 26, 10:00 a.m.: Tunisia-Australia
- November 27, 1:00 p.m.: Belgium-Morocco
- November 27, 4:00 p.m.: Croatia-Canada
- November 27, 7:00 p.m.: Spain-Germany
- November 28, 1:00 p.m.: South Korea v Ghana
- November 29, 7:00 p.m.: Iran-US
- 29 November, 7pm: Wales v England
- November 30, 3:00 p.m.: Tunisia-France
- November 30, 3:00 p.m.: Australia-Denmark
- November 30, 7:00 p.m.: Poland-Argentina
- November 30, 7:00 p.m.: Saudi Arabia-Mexico
- December 1st, 4:00 p.m.: Canada-Morocco
- 1 December, 4:00 p.m.: Croatia-Belgium
- December 2, 4:00 p.m.: Ghana-Uruguay
- December 2, 4:00 p.m.: South Korea v Portugal
Are ITV World Cup games in 4K?
Unfortunately not. ITV has not invested in 4K technology and will therefore not be showing any of its 2022 World Cup matches in 4K. The BBC is the only game in town in the UK.
Considering the problems fans had streaming the Euros on the ITV Hub last summer, consider yourself lucky if you can watch on ITV at all.