How much Data in needed to watch the 2018 World Cup

According to Fonehouse, one of the UK’s leading independent mobile phone retailers, they have calculated how much mobile data football fans will need to stream the 2018 FIFA World Cup on their smartphones.

With many games scheduled at times when fans may be at work or on the move, it is highly likely, according to Fonehouse, that they will opt to stream the matches over their mobile data in an effort to catch all of the action. But how much data does it really take to stream the World Cup and follow your team on your mobile phone?

The biggest data requirements will probably come from the top ranked teams such as Argentina, Brazil, France  and Germany. which Fonehouse predict will play an estimated seven games each. If so, football fans will need at least 3.15GB of data available to stream and see them play. Of course, if any of the big teams are unexpectedly knocked out in the early stages of the tournament, this number will decrease significantly.

Other big data demands and expected to come from Spain, Portugal and Belgium.

England fans, according to Fonehouse, will be pleased, or maybe not so pleased if it means that Gareth Southgate’s squad get knocked out in the early stages, to learn that they may only need around 1.8GB of data to stream the England games. But if England go deeper into the tournament then its fans will be using up a lot more data to watch the team play.

To watch all the 2018 World Cup action, Fonehouse estimate fans will need nearly 30GB of data.

In the UK the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be shown on both the BBC and ITV, meaning that fans can conveniently download the BBC iPlayer app and the ITV Hub app to their smartphones to ensure that they don’t miss any of the action.

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UK World Cup TV schedule

ITV and the BBC have sat down and agreed the schedule of matches they will each air during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. ITV will show the opening game between Russia and Saudia Arabia on 14 June, but the networks will go head-to-head when they both broadcast the final live from Moscow on Sunday, 15 July at 16:00.

Following the group stage ITV has the first pick in the last 16. The BBC will have the first two choices of quarter-final games, including England’s if they progress that far.

In the UK most of the games – with a few exceptions – will kick off daily at 13.00, 16.00 and 19.00.

The full UK TV schedule for the 2018 World Cup at the group stage (times are for the UK) is:

Thursday, June 14

  • Russia v Saudi Arabia Moscow 4pm ITV

Friday, June 15

  • Egypt v Uruguay 1pm BBC
  • Morocco v Iran 4pm ITV
  • Portugal v Spain 7pm BBC

Saturday, June 16

  • France v Australia 11am BBC
  • Argentina v Iceland Moscow 2pm ITV
  • Denmark v Peru 5pm BBC
  • Croatia v Nigeria 8pm ITV

Sunday, June 17

  • Costa Rica v Serbia 1pm ITV
  • Germany v Mexico Moscow 4pm BBC
  • Brazil v Switzerland 7pm ITV

Monday, June 18

  • Sweden v South Korea 1pm ITV
  • Belgium v Panama 4pm BBC
  • Tunisia v England 7pm BBC

Tuesday, June 19

  • Colombia v Japan 1pm BBC
  • Poland v Senegal 4pm ITV
  • Russia v Egypt 7pm BBC

Wednesday, June 20

  • Portugal v Morocco 1pm BBC
  • Uruguay v Saudi Arabia 4pm BBC
  • Iran v Spain 7pm ITV

Thursday, June 21

  • France v Peru 1pm ITV
  • Denmark v Australia 4pm ITV
  • Argentina v Croatia 7pm BBC

Friday, June 22

  • Brazil v Costa Rica 1pm ITV
  • Nigeria v Iceland 4pm BBC
  • Serbia v Switzerland 7pm BBC

Saturday, June 23

  • Belgium v Tunisia 1pm BBC
  • Germany v Sweden 4pm ITV
  • South Korea v Mexico 7pm ITV

Sunday, June 24

  • England v Panama 1pm BBC
  • Japan v Senegal 4pm BBC
  • Poland v Colombia 7pm ITV

Monday, June 25

  • Saudi Arabia v Egypt 3pm ITV
  • Uruguay v Russia 3pm ITV
  • Iran v Portugal 7pm BBC
  • Spain v Morocco 7pm BBC

Tuesday, June 26

  • Denmark v France 3pm ITV
  • Australia v Peru 3pm ITV
  • Nigeria v Argentina 7pm BBC
  • Croatia v Iceland 7pm BBC

Wednesday, June 27

  • South Korea v Germany 3pm BBC
  • Mexico v Sweden 3pm BBC
  • Serbia v Brazil 7pm ITV
  • Switzerland v Costa Rica 7pm ITV

Thursday, June 28

  • Japan v Poland 3pm BBC
  • Colombia v Senegal 3pm BBC
  • Panama v Tunisia 7pm ITV
  • England v Belgium 7pm ITV

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World Cup Final sets TV viewing records

WC Trophy FinalThe World Cup final on 13 July between Germany and Argentina set an all-time ratings record in Germany. An estimated 34.65 million people watched the game on public broadcast network ARD, beating the previous record, also set during the World Cup,  Germany’s 7-1 semifinal victory over Brazil on broadcast network ZDF, which had reached nearly 32.6 million viewers on average.

The final is now the highest-rated program ever in Germany since audience data has been collected. The game had a share of 86.3 percent of all Germans watching TV at the time, which is also one of the highest figures ever.

The numbers do not include fans who watched at public viewing sites, such as in bars or on big screens in outdoor locations around Berlin and other cities, a popular viewing option in Germany.

In comparison to the final, Germany’s quarterfinal against France had drawn 26.3 million viewers in Germany, the Round of 16 game against Algeria had reached 28.2 million, while the team’s first match of the World Cup against Portugal drew 26.4 million, followed by a 2-2 draw against Ghana that averaged 24.5 million viewers.

Prior to the 2014 World Cup the previous audience records were reached in 2010 when the World Cup semifinal between Germany and Spain drew 31.1 million viewers.

Numbers for the US show the country’s growing interest in “soccer”. The final averaged an impressive 26.5 million viewers on ABC and Univision, according to Nielsen — higher than the 24.7 million who watched the USA-Portugal match on 22 June. Both ABC (17.3 million) and Univision (9.2 million) registered their largest audiences ever for a World Cup game

To put it in context, the figure of 26.5 million is a larger audience in the US than the deciding game for the most recent World Series on Fox (19.2 million) and the NBA Finals on ABC (18.0 million). It also beat the BCS Championship game in college football on ESPN in January (25.6 million).

For ABC, the 17.3 million ranks third among all English-language soccer matches in the US, behind only the 18.2 million for USA-Portugal match and the 18 million for the Women’s World Cup Final against China in 1999.

In addition to the TV broadcast, the final match on WatchESPN generated 1,800,000 live unique viewers, 112,100,000 live minutes viewed and the highest time spent per viewer (63 minutes) of any match of the 2014 World Cup.

Univision, which had set a  US Spanish-language World Cup ratings record in each round of the tournament, ended up about 35% ahead of 2010 in average viewership. The network’s coverage reached 80.9 million viewers, 65% more than 2010 (49.1 million).

In the UK a peak television audience of more than 20 million viewers watched Germany win – the vast majority of them on BBC1. The game was seen by a peak of 16.7 million viewers on BBC1 at 10.30pm on Sunday. Another 3.8 million viewers were watching at the same time on ITV, for a peak audience across both channels of 20.5 million. ITV’s five-minute peak, across the entire game, came towards the end of normal time with 4 million viewers at 9.45pm.

BBC1’s audience was down on the 2010 final, which averaged 12.7 million viewers across the entirety of the BBC’s coverage. ITV was up marginally, from 2.8 million.

The final was the biggest UK TV audience since the Summer Olympics 2012 closing ceremony in London. On a combined basis, the audience share peaked at more than 75 percent of people watching TV in Britain at the time, up from 72.7 percent for the last World Cup final.

In France, the final averaged 13.6 million viewers, on TF1 with a peak audience of 15.3 million. A 61 percent share.

BBC picks to screen Brazil x Germany semi final

BBC has chosen the semi-final between Brazil and Germany to screen at 21.00 on Tuesday, 8 July. ITV will screen the semi-final between Argentina and the Netherlands or Costa Rica at 21.00 on Wednesday, 9 July.

The actual final, on Sunday, 13 July, will be broadcast live on both BBC One and ITV, while the 3rd place play-off the day before will be shown, as in 2010, by ITV.

UK TV schedule for World Cup round of 16 on BBC and ITV

BBC World Cup studioThe BBC and ITV have agreed the split of live games for the Round of 16 stage at the World Cup in Brazil.

Played over four consecutive nights from 28 June  to 1 July, both broadcasters will each screen four second round matches  exclusively live.

BBC had the first, third, fifth and seventh pick and ITV second, fourth, sixth and eighth choice.

The break down and time of broadcast in the UK is:

Saturday, 28 June
Brazil v Chile, 5pm, BBC
Colombia v Uruguay, 9pm, ITV

Sunday, 29 June
Netherlands v Mexico, 5pm, ITV
Costa Rica v Greece, 9 pm, ITV

Monday, 30 June
France v Nigeria, 5 pm, BBC
Germany v Algeria, 9pm, ITV

Tuesday, 1 July
Argentina v Switzerland, 5pm, BBC
Belgium v USA, 9pm, BBC

Following the Round of 16, ITV will have first pick of the quarter finals on 4 and 5 July, while the BBC has first choice of the semi-finals to be played on 8 and 9 July.

The actual final, on Sunday, 13 July, will be broadcast live on both BBC One and ITV, while the 3rd place play-off the day before will be shown, as in 2010, by ITV.

England x Uruguay is the UK’s biggest TV audience since the Olympics

England Thursday’s game between England and Uruguay attracted a peak audience in the UK of 20.3 million viewers to ITV, the highest TV ratings in Britain since the London 2012 Olympics. The peak audience was also higher than the 17.29 million who watched Britain’s Andy Murray win at Wimbledon on BBC last year.

ITV’s coverage for England x Uruguay won an average audience of 13.1 million, for a 55% share.

The game failed to top the UK audience figures for the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics, which attracted peak audiences of 27 million and 26 million respectively.

In the US, ESPN continues to post significant television and digital audience growth through the first 23 matches of the World Cup. ESPN television networks are averaging a 2.3 HH US rating and 3,722,000 viewers, increases of 21 percent (1.9 rating) and 26 percent (2,952,000 viewers), respectively, from the first 23 matches in 2010. Overall, ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have combined to reach more than 65,000,000 people through the first 17 matches, marking a 16 percent increase over 2010.

To date, the top-10 markets on the ESPN Networks are: Washington, D.C., (4.6), San Francisco (3.9), New York (3.9), Hartford/New Haven (3.5), Los Angeles (3.5), Orlando (3.4), Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (3.3), Atlanta (3.3), Boston (3.3) and Richmond (3.2).

Through the first 23 World Cup matches, WatchESPN has averaged 783,000 viewers, a 160 percent increase over 2010. ESPNFC.com is averaging 4,300,000 daily video starts during the World Cup, marking a 882 percent increase over 2010, and ESPN’s SportsCenter App is averaging 3,900,000 daily unique visitors through the first week for a 382 percent increase over 2010.

12.6 million tune-in in the UK to watch opening game on ITV

article-2656752-1EB4D7A500000578-992_634x349A peak audience of 12.6 million tuned into ITV on 12 June to watch the opening game of the 2014 World Cup in which Brazil beat Croatia three-one. The average audience over the entire match was 11.2 million while it was reported that ITV’s ITV Player struggled to cope with demand at times.

ITV’s record World Cup audience was the nearly 25 million viewers that tuned in for the England v Argentina match in 1998.

ITV’s schedule for the group stage of the 2014 world Cup is:

13 June
Mexico v Cameroon 5pm
Chile v Australia 11pm

14 June
Uruguay v Costa Rica 8pm
Ivory Coast v Japan 2am

15 June
Switzerland v Ecuador 5pm

16 June
Germany v Portugal 5pm

17 June
Belgium v Algeria 5pm

18 June
Cameroon v Croatia 11pm
Australia v Holland 5pm

19 June
England v Uruguay 8pm

20 June
France v Switzerland 8pm
Honduras v Ecuador 11pm

21 June
Argentina v Iran 5pm

22 June
South Korea v Algeria 8pm

23 June
Cameroon v Brazil 9pm
Croatia v Mexico 9pm
Australia v Spain 5pm
Holland v Chile 5pm

24 June
England v Costa Rica 5pm

25 June
Nigeria v Argentina 5pm
Bosnia v Iran 5pm

26 June
South Korea v Belgium 9pm
Algeria v Russia 9pm