The price of TV rights to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia have halved following the shock elimination of Italy, according to industry sources cited by La Repubblica. Under a headline reading simply “Goodbye Russia” the report described the national squad’s failure to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years as a sporting catastrophe. Italy failed to qualify after a 0-0 draw with Sweden at Milan’s San Siro failed to overturn the 1-0 loss in the first leg.
FIFA last month announced that all 64 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be produced in Ultra High Definition (UHD) with High Dynamic Range (HDR) for the first time in the history of the competition. Additional technological innovations include immersive audio via the UHD feed and a Virtual Reality (VR) feature available as a live experience as well as 360-degree VoD.