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Just as the World Cup reaches its business end, the BBC has revealed that the tournament’s group stages have been hugely successful particularly for its streaming and virtual reality services.
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In total, the first phase of the competition saw a total of over 40.9 million live and on-demand requests for the BBC’s group-stage matches for the BBC Sport web site and the BBC iPlayer. England’s dramatic opening game against Tunisia with an injury time winner by Harry Kane saw a record-breaking 3.22 million live requests, and the second game rout of Panama attracted 2.8 million viewers, the second most live-streamed match ever beating the previous live record of 2.2 million for England v Wales during Euro 2016. Significant audiences were generated for Portugal v Spain (2.03 million), Egypt v Uruguay (2.03 million) and South Korea v Germany (1.98 million).

BBC Sport online has received a total of 31.2 million unique browsers so far compared with 32 million for the whole of Brazil 2014, with the Player Rater receiving over 310,000 unique browsers. The BBC Sport VR - FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 app BBC Sport VR - FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 app has been downloaded a total of 325,000 times.

Commenting on the performance to date, Matthew Postgate, BBC chief technology and product officer, said: “Alongside the BBC’s world-class TV and Radio coverage, record numbers of fans are using our digital services to follow the World Cup. Millions are watching the big matches on their connected TV at home, while millions more are sneaking a peak on their work laptop or cramming in some games on their commute. People love the BBC’s World Cup coverage -and we’re making sure they can tune in whenever and wherever they want.”

The BBC has also claimed six of the top ten TV audiences have been on the BBC, including; Tunisia v England (18.3 million peak), England v Panama (14.1 million), Portugal v Spain (10.4 million), Argentina v Nigeria (9.9 million), Germany v Mexico (9.5 million) and Argentina v Croatia (9.2 million).