The 2018 World Cup in Russia will be broadcast by the global broadcaster ESPN and the world’s biggest television networks, with the majority of viewers living in South America and Europe.
However, many will be watching on television, with most countries in South and East Asia, and the Middle East, Africa and Latin America receiving the first two days of coverage on BBC, BBC Sport and the BBC World Service.
The World Cup will be the most-watched event in the world, with more than 3.6 billion people tuning in.
The event will also be broadcast on television in over 70 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, the US and Vietnam.ESPN will be broadcasting the tournament on a global basis with more countries expected to participate.
On Wednesday, ESPN announced it had signed a deal with global rights holder Tencent, who will air the tournament across the platforms.ESPN and Tencent are also partnering on the 2020 Asian Games in Japan, which will be held in Tokyo in 2021.
The games will be played in the Japanese capital on a new multi-screen platform that will be named the TBS Stadium, which is also the home of the World Baseball Classic.ESPN, Tencent and the 2022 Asian Games will all be streamed live on Tencent’s streaming platform Tencent TV, which has an audience of more than 20 million.
The broadcaster will also make the event available to TV Everywhere, a digital-only service that is owned by Google.
The 2022 Asian Cup will take place in India.