Switzerland gets aboard the World Cup 2018 4K broadcast bandwagon

Following the news Sky Deutschland is to broadcast 25 games at this summer's World Cup finals in 4K, there's further affront to UK-based armchair football fans with the news that Switzerland is on board too.

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According to Broadband TV News, Swiss telecommunications giant Swisscom is partnering with German tech company Rohde & Schwarz to provide Swiss public broadcaster SRG (which holds the rights to broadcast the tournament in Switzerland) with the platform to broadcast live games and recorded highlights in 4K - and, what's more, HDR too.

For those of us anxiously waiting to find out if the BBC or ITV are planning anything similar in the UK, it's even more galling to learn SRG's three channels (RSI, RTS and SRF) plan to show all but eight of the competition's 64 matches in ultra-high definition.


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Simon Lucas is a freelance technology journalist and consultant, with particular emphasis on the audio/video aspects of home entertainment. Before embracing the carefree life of the freelancer, he was editor of What Hi-Fi? – since then, he's written for titles such as GQ, Metro, The Guardian and Stuff, among many others.