DirecTV announces World Cup programming
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 19 May 2014
Cable network DirecTV is ready for the World Cup in Brazil a month before kick-off, announcing that it plans to show all 64 matches on multiple screens throughout Latin America.
Before and after every match, DirecTV Sports will broadcast three main analysis programmes: Central Deportivo which will present news and exclusive statistics; Mundial Total, a talk show with former football players and sports journalists; and Más que Fútbol, a deeper analysis of the most controversial matches.
The three programmes will be broadcast from DirecTV studios in Copabana, Brazil, and will include interviews and live coverage from the headquarters of all the Latin American national teams participating in the World Cup. Among the football players in DirecTV's team will be the Chilean Ivan Zamorano and the Argentinean Juan Sebastian Veron.
"We will be offering over 1,000 hours of original programming in order to cover the World Cup," said Guillermo Barreto, director for sports programming at DirecTV Latin America. "We have the most extensive coverage, broadcasting all the matches on TVs, computers, smartphones and tablets. Nobody will miss a second of what's happening."
In addition to the live multiscreen coverage, all the World Cup matches will be available to download on-demand after the event via the DirecTV app. Through the same app, DirecTV will provide up to six simultaneous displays including the main image, a tactical camera, views of both teams as well as the playing field for each team. To deliver this coverage, up to 24 cameras will be videotaping throughout each stage of game play.
The app for the World Cup will be available for Android and iOS by the beginning of June for DirecTV subscribers in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.