The BBC has chosen Stevie Wonder’s song Another Star to provide the theme tune for the BBC’s World Cup coverage. According to BBC Sport senior producer Ian Finch: “This song perfectly captures the feel-good, carnival atmosphere we will bring to our viewers during the World Cup this summer.”
The song, which in all its glory runs to over 8 minutes, was originally released in 1976 as a track on Wonder’s album Songs In The Key Of Life. It is the first time the musician, 64, has given his approval for one of his songs to be used in this way. Wonder is no stranger to Brazil having visited and perofmed in the country on a number of occasions.
The BBC will have comprehensive coverage of the World Cup, showing live matches on BBC One, BBC One HD and the BBC Sport website, with simultaneous games on BBC Three, BBC Three HD and the Red Button. BBC Two and BBC Two HD will host a morning catch-up highlights programme as well as full match replays of the game of the day.
The BBC has also announced that threeWorld Cup football matches will be streamed in ultra high-definition (UHD). The format, also known as 4K, offers four times the resolution of 1080p high definition video.
The matches – including a quarter final and the final will be one of the first times a live event has been streamed over the air in UHD in the UK. The live streams will be sent via satellite from Brazil, and then distributed via Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) and Internet Protocol (IP) but only to a handful of UHD TV sets in selected BBC Research and Development facilities.