BBC refuses to confirm whether it will show World Cup 2018 in 4K UHD

The BBC has revealed its coverage plans for this summer’s World Cup − and it looks like 4K might not get a call-up.

The Beeb, which is splitting the tournament with ITV, says it will show 33 games “live in HD” across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four. As ever, you’ll also be able to tune in online via BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport.

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“We’re doing various trials with Ultra HD but aren’t confirming anything re the World Cup,” a BBC spokesperson told Trusted Reviews… which means there’s still a glimmer of hope.

In April, the BBC got everyone excited by live streaming an entire rugby league match in 4K HDR on the beta version of iPlayer. Perhaps the World Cup, which kicks off on June 14, will arrive a little too soon.

Unsurprisingly, Gary Lineker will head up the BBC’s coverage, and he’ll be supported by the likes of: Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Gabby Logan, Phil Neville, Jermaine Jenas, Danny Murphy, Martin Keown and Alex Scott.

It will fall on big-name studio newcomers Jürgen Klinsmann, Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta to keep things fresh out in Moscow.

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The BBC is also planning to dabble in a spot of time travel, with its new World Cup Rewind feature on BBC Sport taking us back to slightly better times, with live video coverage of a handful of Italia ‘90’s biggest games. Worth it for that glorious title sequence alone.

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