The FIFA World Cup was first broadcast on television in 1954 and is now the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympic Games. 715.2 million individuals watched the final match of the 2006 tournament (representing 11 percent of the entire population of the planet). The 2006 World Cup draw, which decided the distribution of teams into groups, was watched by 300 million viewers.
- 2018: Channel 3 HD, Channel 5 HD, Channel 7 HD, Channel 9 MCOT HD, Channel 11 HD, Thai PBS HD, True Sport HD (all matches in live telecast)
- 2010-2014: RS Public Company Limited (Terrestrial: Channel 3, Channel 5, Channel 7, Modernine TV, NBT (Channel 11); Satellite: RS Sunbox) (all matches in live telecast)
- 2002-2006: Dhospaak Communication Agency Company Limited; subsidiary company of Thai Beverages PCL. (Analog Terrestrial: Channel 3, Channel 5, Channel 7, Modernine TV (Channel 9), Channel 11) (all matches in live telecast)
- 1970–1998: Television Pool of Thailand (Analog Terrestrial Black and White Television: Channel 4, Channel 7; Colour: Channel 3, Channel 5 (7 in BWTV), Channel 7, Channel 9 (4 in BWTV)) (all matches in live telecast)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Over 100 nations have provided wall-to-wall coverage since the communications satellite launchings allowed for worldwide coverage beginning in 1966. European coverage of the World Cup has been extensive since 1954 (though with the World Cup held in Chile in 1962, much of the Euro coverage that year was tape-delayed).
Broadcast of the qualification for the World Cup Finals for England is currently held by ITV (terrestrial, home and away matches) with Sky holding rights for home and away matches for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These were previously held by the BBC but BBC have highlights of each home nation in their respective nation so BBC Scotland show Scotland highlights, BBC Wales show Wales highlights and BBC Northern Ireland show NI highlights.
However, coverage of the World Cup Finals is on a government mandated 'protected' list meaning it must be shown on free-to-air terrestrial television (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five) as opposed to satellite or cable television. Although only one broadcaster is required, the two biggest terrestrial operators, the BBC and ITV, have always made a joint bid for coverage with broadcast of the Home Nations matches (particularly England) alternating between the broadcasters up to the later stages of the tournament. This is believed to prevent an extremely expensive bidding war for coverage between the two networks, with the current agreement running until the 2014 tournament.
- In the 2006 World Cup, ITV showed two of England's three group games, with the BBC showing one. However, the BBC would then have shown England through to the final, had they made it; this would have been on an exclusive basis for the round of 16 and the quarter finals (the latter being the round where England were actually eliminated), with coverage of the semi-final and final being shared with ITV. The same method was used for the 2010 World Cup, where ITV showed the first two England games, and the BBC would have shown the next two, with England's semi final shared on both channels and the Final as well, but with England eliminated in the second round, the BBC instead had the first choice of the two quarter finals, and ITV the choice of a semi final and the third place match, with both channels showing the Final.
- For the 2014 World Cup the BBC showed England's first match against Italy with ITV showing the other 2 matches against Uruguay and Costa Rica. BBC had first choice for the 2nd round while ITV had first choice quarter final so if England got to the Quarters, which they didn't, the match would have been exclusively live on ITV.
Middle East and North Africa
CBC broadcast the FIFA World Cup in 1986, 2002 and 2010, as well as the 2014 World Cup, along with Sportsnet. TSN also broadcast the FIFA World Cup in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002. On October 27, 2011, Bell Media, the parent company of TSN, announced that they had secured broadcast rights for FIFA soccer from 2015 to 2022. The rights include the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 2022 FIFA World Cup, and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup—which was hosted in Canada.
||Alexi Lalas, Steve McManaman, Michael Ballack, Alejandro Moreno, Kasey Keller, Gilberto Silva, Santiago Solari, Roberto Martínez, Taylor Twellman and Ruud van Nistelrooy
||Alexi Lalas, Jürgen Klinsmann, Ruud Gullit, Steve McManaman, Shaun Bartlett and Roberto Martínez
||Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda, Julie Foudy, and Heather Mitts
||Eric Wynalda and Giorgio Chinaglia
||Jim McKay (ABC only)
||Desmond Armstrong (ABC only)
||Ernie Johnson, Jr.
||Rick Davis and Paul Gardner
||Seamus Malin and Shep Messing
- In 1982, PBS and ESPN provided the first thorough American television coverage of the FIFA World Cup. ABC aired the first live telecast of the final. ABC aired commercials during the live action. Meanwhile, PBS aired same day highlights of the top game of the day.
- 1986 marked the first time that the World Cup had extensive live cable and network television coverage in the United States. ESPN carried most of the weekday matches while NBC did weekend games. To be more specific, NBC aired seven matches (including the "Hand of God" quarterfinal) with broadcasters on site. NBC's theme music for their 1986 coverage was Herb Alpert's "1980", from his 1979 album Rise. It was originally a cue meant for the ill-fated 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics broadcasts. Meanwhile, ESPN aired about 25 matches that year, all with broadcasters in studio.
- In 1990, the World Cup was covered exclusively by cable television (TNT) in the United States and had many features of the host country (Italy).
- The 1994 American coverage had many firsts: The first with all of the matches televised, the first with no commercial interruptions during live action, and the first to feature an on-screen score & time box.
- In 1998, all of the matches were televised in the United States live for the first time.
- The 2002 American coverage was all live as well, in spite of the games being played in Japan and South Korea, and therefore aired in the middle of the night.
- The 2006 coverage from Germany was fully live as well.
- Dave O'Brien joined Marcelo Balboa on the primary broadcast team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup coverage on ESPN and ABC Sports, despite having no experience calling soccer matches prior to that year. Because The Walt Disney Company, owner of both television outlets, retained control over on-air talent, the appointment of O'Brien as the main play-by-play voice was made over the objections of Soccer United Marketing, who wanted JP Dellacamera to continue in that role. Disney stated that their broadcast strategy was intended, in voice and style, to target the vast majority of Americans who do not follow the sport on a regular basis. Mispronunciation and incorrect addressing of names, misuse of soccer terminology, and lack of insight into tactics and history plagued the telecasts, resulting in heavy criticism from English-speaking soccer fans, many of whom ended up watching the games on Univision instead.
- The 2010 coverage from South Africa introduced ESPN 3D for 25 matches.
- The 2014 coverage was available on mobile devices and tablets via the WatchESPN application, as well as on Xbox 360 and Xbox One video game consoles, live and on-demand, via the ESPN on Xbox Live application.
- Starting in 2018, coverage will be available on mobile devices and tablets via the Fox Sports Go application.
- From 2002 to 2014, José Luis Chilavert joined Pablo Ramirez and Jesus Bracamontes on the booth during the Univision broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Final match.
- Starting in 2018, coverage will be available on mobile devices and tablets via the Telemundo Deportes' En Vivo application.
- 2018: El Trece, Canal 9, TV Pública, América TV, Telefe, TyC Sports, Cable Sport, América Sports, 365 Sports, Claro Sports, DeporTV and Dibox
- 2014: TV Pública and TyC Sports
- 2010: Canal 7, Telefe and TyC Sports
- 2006: América TV, Canal Siete, Canal 9, Telefe, El Trece, TyC Sports, Cable Sport, América Sports, 365 Sports and K24
- 2002: América TV, Canal 7, Azul TV and TyC Sports
- 1998: América TV, Canal 9, Telefe and El Trece (10 matches); Canal 10 Avellaneda, Canal 4 San Justo and Canal 6 Berazategui (52 matches); TyC Sports, Cable Sport, América Sports and 365 Sports (32 matches)
- 1994: América 2, ATC, Canal 9 Libertad, Telefe and Canal 13 (10 matches); Canal 10 Avellaneda, Canal 4 San Justo and Canal 6 Berazategui (52 matches)
- 1990: ATC
- 1982-1986: Canal 2, ATC, Canal 9, Canal 11 and Canal 13
- 1978: A78TV
- 1962-1974: Canal 7 and Canal 13
- 1958: Canal 7
- 2018: Rede Globo, SporTV and Fox Sports
- 2014: Rede Globo, Rede Bandeirantes, SporTV, ESPN Brasil, BandSports and Fox Sports
- 2010: Rede Globo, Rede Bandeirantes, SporTV, ESPN Brasil and BandSports
- 2006: Rede Globo, SporTV, ESPN Brasil and BandSports
- 2002: Rede Globo and SporTV
- 1998: Rede Globo, Rede Bandeirantes, SBT, Rede Manchete and Rede Record (52 matches); SporTV and ESPN Brasil (64 matches)
- 1994: Rede Globo, Rede Bandeirantes and SBT (52 matches live); SporTV (64 matches delayed)
- 1990: Rede Globo, Rede Bandeirantes, SBT and Rede Manchete
- 1986: Rede Globo, Rede Bandeirantes, SBT, Rede Manchete and Rede Record
- 1982: Rede Globo and TV Cultura
- 1978: Rede Globo, Rede Bandeirantes, Rede Tupi, Rede de Emissoras Independentes and TV Cultura
- 1974: Rede Globo, Rede Bandeirantes, Rede Tupi, Rede de Emissoras Independentes, Rede Gazeta and TV Cultura
- 1970: Rede Globo, Rede Bandeirantes, Rede Tupi, Rede de Emissoras Independentes, Rede Gazeta and Rede Excelsior
- 2018: RTS
- 2014: TC Televisión, Gama TV and Oromar Televisión
- 2010: TC Televisión and Gama TV
- 2006: Ecuavisa, Teleamazonas and RTS
- 2002: Teleamazonas and Telesistema
- 1998: Ecuavisa, Teleamazonas, Telesistema, TC Televisión, Gamavisión and SíTV
- 1994: Ecuavisa, Teleamazonas, Telesistema, TC Televisión and Gamavisión
- 1990: Ecuavisa, Teleamazonas, Telecuatro, Telecentro and Gamavisión
- 1986: Ecuavisa, Telecuatro, Telecentro and Gamavisión
- 1982: Ecuavisa, Telecuatro, Telecentro and Telenacional
- 1978: Ecuavisa and Telecentro
- 1974: Ecuavisa and Telecentro
- 1970: Ecuavisa and Telecentro
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That's a big change from the first U.S. World Cup telecast, when NBC rebroadcast the BBC's coverage of England's win over Germany in the 1966 final. As recently as 1978, the tournament wasn't on U.S. TV at all, with closed circuit transmissions the preferred method. ABC televised the 1982 final, and ESPN, PBS and the Spanish network SIN combined to broadcast the other games. Four years later, at the tournament in Mexico, only 22 matches were shown on U.S. English-language television - 15 on ESPN and seven on NBC.
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