56 games will be broadcast live and eight will be pre-recorded, as the final matches of the first round are played simultaneously. In addition to 4K quality, selected games will be broadcast with HDR technology.
According to DirecTV, its broadcasting centres will manage and process the live signal from Russia, and deliver it to the homes through the DLA-1 satellite, the only one to offer 4K broadcasts.
Subscribers will need to purchase an Ultra HD set-top box, which will be released next year, in order to watch the 4K programming.
DirecTV will also deliver regular HD coverage for all its subscribers, and all the games will be available live on mobile platforms through the DIRECTV Sports App, DIRECTVSports.com and DIRECTV Play.
DirecTV is the only operator covering the tournament across the entire region, although local agreements have been reached in some countries, such as Argentina, where TyC will also air the games, and Peru, where Latina has the rights.
“At DirecTV, we are changing the industry by offering Latin American consumers the most advanced technology, this time by delivering the FIFA World Cup in Ultra HD directly to their homes,” said Rick Nerod, SVP, content, DirecTV Latin America.