FIFA World Cup to be Produced in Ultra HD and HDR

FIFA has announced plans to produce all World Cup matches in Ultra HD and HDR next year.

Some games will also be recorded in VR and 360° video, for the ultimate immersive sports viewing experience.

Matches will be recorded by 16 different cameras working in tandem—eight recording in Ultra HD HDR and eight in 1080p HDR. Eight super-slow-motion and two ultra-motion cameras, plus a cable-cam and a cineflex heli-cam will capture footage of the games from all angles.

FIFA has also stated that audio will be recorded in an “immersive audio format”, which is likely to be Dolby Atmos or DTS:X. In a statement, a representative from FIFA said:

”In an effort to remain at the forefront of the industry, all sixty-four matches will be produced in Ultra High Definition with High Dynamic Range for the first time ever. Thanks to a hybrid UHD/HDR/1080p setup multiple choice of video formats will be available (1080i, 1080p or UHD HDR) at the back of one single production chain.

As a true innovation, fans will be able to follow the matches in Virtual Reality (VR). Available as a live experience and as 360° video on demand (VoD), this new feature will put the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia into the heart of digital innovation.”

It will ultimately be down to local broadcasters whether consumers receive Ultra HD and HDR content from FIFA in their region. The FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 14th 2018.

Analyst Comment

That just might be a big enough trigger for me to upgrade my PDP! (BR)