World Cup 2018: TV Fixtures & Schedules

Who will watch all 64?

by hodg100 Jun 13, 2018 at 9:41 AM


  • The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins in Russia on June 14th and there's a staggering 64 games to watch between then and the final on July 15th.
    Even better news is that you wont - licence fee excepted - have to pay a penny to watch the games on TV as they will all be available via BBC and ITV channels, over free-to-air terrestrial and satellite broadcasts. The 'Big Two' have already carved up the fixtures for the group games with the highlights - from our perspective, at least - being the games involving England on June 18, June 24 and the potential group decider against Belgium on June 28. The BBC has snaffled two of those fixtures so we wouldn't mind betting ITV gets the first option when - yes, when - England make the round of 16 of the knock-out stages.

    1 Thu Jun 14, 2018 16:00 Russia Saudi Arabia ITV
    2 Fri Jun 15, 2018 13:00 Egypt Uruguay BBC 1
    3 Fri Jun 15, 2018 16:00 Morocco Iran ITV
    4 Fri Jun 15, 2018 19:00 Portugal Spain BBC 1
    5 Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:00 France Australia BBC 1
    6 Sat Jun 16, 2018 14:00 Argentina Iceland ITV
    7 Sat Jun 16, 2018 17:00 Peru Denmark BBC 1
    8 Sat Jun 16, 2018 20:00 Croatia Nigeria ITV
    9 Sun Jun 17, 2018 13:00 Costa Rica Serbia ITV
    10 Sun Jun 17, 2018 16:00 Germany Mexico BBC 1
    11 Sun Jun 17, 2018 19:00 Brazil Switzerland ITV
    12 Mon Jun 18, 2018 13:00 Sweden S. Korea ITV
    13 Mon Jun 18, 2018 16:00 Belgium Panama BBC 1
    14 Mon Jun 18, 2018 19:00 Tunisia England BBC 1
    15 Tue Jun 19, 2018 13:00 Colombia Japan BBC 1
    16 Tue Jun 19, 2018 16:00 Poland Senegal ITV
    17 Tue Jun 19, 2018 19:00 Russia Egypt BBC 1
    18 Wed Jun 20, 2018 13:00 Portugal Morocco BBC 1
    19 Wed Jun 20, 2018 16:00 Uruguay Saudi Arabia BBC 1
    20 Wed Jun 20, 2018 19:00 Iran Spain ITV
    21 Thu Jun 21, 2018 13:00 Denmark Australia ITV
    22 Thu Jun 21, 2018 16:00 France Peru ITV
    23 Thu Jun 21, 2018 19:00 Argentina Croatia BBC 1
    24 Fri Jun 22, 2018 13:00 Brazil Costa Rica ITV
    25 Fri Jun 22, 2018 16:00 Nigeria Iceland BBC 1
    26 Fri Jun 22, 2018 19:00 Serbia Switzerland BBC 1
    27 Sat Jun 23, 2018 13:00 Belgium Tunisia BBC 1
    28 Sat Jun 23, 2018 16:00 S. Korea Mexico ITV
    29 Sat Jun 23, 2018 19:00 Germany Sweden ITV
    30 Sun Jun 24, 2018 13:00 England Panama BBC 1
    31 Sun Jun 24, 2018 16:00 Japan Senegal BBC 1
    32 Sun Jun 24, 2018 19:00 Poland Colombia ITV
    33 Mon Jun 25, 2018 15:00 Uruguay Russia ITV
    34 Mon Jun 25, 2018 15:00 Saudi Arabia Egypt ITV 4
    35 Mon Jun 25, 2018 19:00 Iran Portugal BBC 1
    36 Mon Jun 25, 2018 19:00 Spain Morocco BBC 4
    37 Tue Jun 26, 2018 15:00 Denmark France ITV
    38 Tue Jun 26, 2018 15:00 Australia Peru ITV 4
    39 Tue Jun 26, 2018 19:00 Nigeria Argentina BBC 1
    40 Tue Jun 26, 2018 19:00 Iceland Croatia BBC 4
    41 Wed Jun 27, 2018 15:00 S. Korea Germany BBC 1
    42 Wed Jun 27, 2018 15:00 Mexico Sweden BBC 2
    43 Wed Jun 27, 2018 19:00 Serbia Brazil ITV
    44 Wed Jun 27, 2018 19:00 Switzerland Costa Rica ITV 4
    45 Thu Jun 28, 2018 15:00 Japan Poland BBC 2
    46 Thu Jun 28, 2018 15:00 Senegal Colombia BBC 1
    47 Thu Jun 28, 2018 19:00 England Belgium ITV
    48 Thu Jun 28, 2018 19:00 Panama Tunisia ITV 4

    Killjoys, FIFA, make us wait nearly a full 48 hours before the knock-out games in the Round of 16 (Second Round) and we can start to speculate on how the tournament will unfold more specifically.

    Groups

    Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
    Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
    Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
    Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
    Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
    Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
    Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
    Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

    If all goes to plan, England will be lining up against the runners-up in Group H or, if somehow, they don't win the group, the winners of that group. Either way, it should make a Quarter Final place a genuine possibility.

    As we alluded to above, the knock-out games have yet to be divvied out but we'll keep the schedules updated and, of course, the broadcasters won't be reticent in letting us know what they'll be showing either.


    Sat Jun 30, 2018 15:00 France Argentina BBC 1
    Sat Jun 30, 2018 19:00 Uruguay Portugal ITV 1
    Sun Jul 1, 2018 15:00 Spain Russia BBC 1
    Sun Jul 1, 2018 19:00 Croatia Denmark ITV 1
    Mon Jul 2, 2018 15:00 Brazil Mexico BBC 1
    Mon Jul 2, 2018 19:00 Belgium Japan ITV 1
    Tue Jul 3, 2018 15:00 Sweden Switzerland BBC 1
    Tue Jul 3, 2018 19:00 Colombia England ITV 1

    We've gone more than half-way through an article talking about TVs - or at least an associated topic - without mentioning the terms 4K, Ultra HD or High Dynamic Range (HDR) and that is a very unusual occurrence, these days. As things stand, however, the majority in the UK will be watching the games at a maximum of 1080p in Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) while others around the globe get the opportunity of viewing live in Ultra HD and even HDR, in the case of the Hisense owners in the US.

    Fri Jul 6, 2018 15:00 France Uruguay ITV 1
    Fri Jul 6, 2018 19:00 Brazil Belgium BBC 1
    Sat Jul 7, 2018 15:00 Sweden England BBC 1
    Sat Jul 7, 2018 19:00 Russia Croatia ITV 1

    The BBC will use the World Cup as an opportunity to further trial Ultra HD/HDR via the iPlayer, however it will be restricted to certain TVs and on a first come, first served basis with limited viewing slots. It is still a test and it is much more than what we had initially hoped it would be, so we should be grateful that we get a chance at all to see some games in 4K HLG HDR.

    By our reckoning, at the Quarter Final stage, England will likely play either Brazil or Germany so it's inevitable they will be breezing through to the semi-final stages for the first time since Italia 90.

    Tue Jul 10, 2018 19:00 SF1 SF2 ITV 1
    Wed Jul 11, 2018 19:00 SF3 SF4 BBC 1

    Does anyone care about the Third/Fourth place Play-off game? Well, if you do, that's scheduled for Saturday 14th July at 3PM but we'll forgive you for skipping that one unless - and it's unlikely, of course- England somehow fail in the Semis.

    Sat Jul 14, 2018 15:00 Loser SF1 Loser SF2 TBC

    So, following a feast of football encompassing 63 games, we arrive at the World Cup Final, finally. As is traditional, both the BBC and ITV will be delivering the game so you can choose your preferred channel based on whatever parameters you wish - pundits, commentators, adverts etc - but picture quality is likely to be about equal on the HD channels. Where the BBC might have an advantage is in the audio department as it does sometimes broadcast in 5.1 audio, whereas ITV HD never does, although there are no guarantees that will happen. It's OK, we don't mind listening to England win the World Cup in stereo...

    Sun Jul 15, 2018 16:00 Winner SF1 Winner SF2 BBC1 & ITV

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