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ABEMA to Broadcast All 64 Matches of the "FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022" for the First Time in Japan, Live and Free of Charge

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CyberAgent announces that ABEMA will broadcast all 64 matches of the "FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022," including the qualifiers for the first time in Japan, live and free of charge.

The FIFA World Cup is the world championship competed by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). As the world's most prestigious soccer tournament, it attracts more than 3.5 billion viewers worldwide and draws a lot of attention each time. This year's tournament will be held from November 21 to December 18, 2022, and intense competition to be one of the 32 qualified teams is still ongoing. From Europe, strong teams such as France, the current champion, Germany, Spain, England, and Denmark have already been qualified. The Japanese national team led by head coach Hajime Moriyasu, currently on a five-game winning streak, is eagerly awaiting its seventh consecutive qualification for the World Cup.

For the first time in Japan, ABEMA will broadcast all 64 matches live at no charge, including the qualifiers and matches to be held at different locations at the same time. In addition, ABEMA will offer various programs to enjoy the event, such as the fastest delivery of video for highlights and key moments from each match, a feature that allows users to choose their favorite angle from multiple video cameras, and original content. We will provide information on the tournament, including the live broadcast schedule, on the Twitter account "[Official] FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022@ABEMA."

ABEMA's high-quality video is now available on a wide range of devices, including smartphones, PCs, tablets, Nintendo Switch, and TVs. In terms of video technology, it delivers video quality equivalent to or better than terrestrial digital TV broadcasting and satellite HD (2K) broadcasting, with full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) video resolution and smooth capture of fast-moving in-game scenes. We aim to provide a stable viewing environment for all viewers by building a distribution capacity that is expected to be approximately three times greater than the past record*.

*The video quality will vary depending on the viewing environment and network conditions

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on ABEMA

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on ABEMA website: https://contents-abema.com/fifaworldcup/

[Official] FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022@ABEMA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/worldcup_ABEMA

 

Comment from Susumu Fujita, president of AbemaTV, Inc. and general producer of ABEMA

 "We are very honored to be the first in Japan to broadcast all 64 matches of the "FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022" live and free of charge on ABEMA. With CyberAgent's Purpose "to break through stagnation with new power and the internet," we hope to energize Japan that is amid the continuing effects of the COVID-19 through ABEMA. This big international event will be a great challenge for ABEMA. We will seize this opportunity and prepare to provide everyone with the best viewing experience in all aspects, including technology and content."

ABEMA will continue to enhance its variety of programming, including sports, and expand its features to actively provide attractive content only available on ABEMA.

* If using images, please be sure to credit the source as "©AbemaTV, Inc."