Don't Forget England's First World Match is Tonight, and You Can Watch in Virtual Reality and 4K HDR

By Tom Pritchard on at

Apart from that football tournament in Russia, there isn't a whole lot going on at the moment. So if you've got a free evening, and nothing much to do, you might as well tune into the first World Cup game involving England and see what the future of broadcast television might be like.

The only British national team in the World Cup is going up against Tunisia at 7pm this evening, and that game is set to be broadcast on the BBC. That means it'll also be available in multiple formats, rather than just beaming through the air to your TV. It'll be available in 4K HDR and virtual reality, which is what the future of television will be. Maybe. That's what they're trying to figure out.

To watch in 4K you're going to need a smart TV compatible with 4K resolution and Hybrid Log Gamma HDR, all of which are detailed on the BBC's website. You'll need the BBC iPlayer app to tune in, and will need to start squatting in the 4K stream as soon as you can. Spaces are limited, and will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis, so once it's full you'll have to watch it in HD SDR like a pleb.

That stream should be clearly visible on the homepage as soon as pre-match coverage begins. Match of the Day officially started at 15:30, and will be running until 19:25 when Eastenders is on. So there's still a pretty big window to get in.

As for virtual reality, you're going to need an Android or iOS device with some sort of headset, a GearVR, Oculus Go, or PlayStation VR. Each one can download the BBC Sport VR - FIFA™ World Cup Russia 2018' app from their respective app stores, letting you beam yourself into the BBC Sport Box in the Volgograd Arena. Alternatively you can choose to sit by each goal and watch the action from a pitch-eye-view.

Just remember: live streaming has some lag, meaning it's a minute or two behind the live TV broadcast. That's true of 4K, HD, VR, or SD, so bear it in mind if you don't want to hear your neighbours cheering if England scores.