FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

In a surprising move, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo has announced that Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) will broadcast 41 out of 64 matches in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. A total of 27 matches will be aired live while the rest will be delayed telecasts.

Gobind said the broadcast will have a ceiling cost of about MYR40 million, but the amount is expected to be reduced through sponsorship and advertising. More details and costs involved are expected to be explained by the Finance Ministry on Thursday.

The move has been both lauded and also criticised by the people. On one hand, it is seen as a populist move and welcomed by football fans. On the other, certain quarters are saying that the money could be put to better use.

If you’re unaware, telecasting World Cup matches for free is one of Pakatan Harapan’s promises in its election manifesto.

The minister previously said that airing the matches live was one of the ways for RTM to win back viewers.

Nonetheless, the move will make the international event accessible to more people, previously only available via Pay TV. Pay TV broadcasting rights is held by satellite TV network Astro.

RTM will be taking up Free-To-Air (FTA) rights to the World Cup 2018.

Last month, Astro announced that it was making the World Cup accessible to all, even to non-Astro customers. It introduced a World Cup Channel Pass which lets viewers watch all 64 LIVE matches in HD on all screens, from 14 June to 15 July 2018.

Non-Astro customers can purchase the pass for MYR120 and catch all LIVE matches on Astro Go. Read more about Astro’s World Cup offer here.

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The FIFA World Cup will take place from 14 June to 15 July in Russia.

2018 FIFA World Cup Match Schedule

  • Group Stages (in Malaysian time)

    June 25

    Poland vs Colombia – 2am – TV1 (delayed, 2.30am) & Astro
    Uruguay vs Russia – 10pm – Astro
    Saudi Arabia vs Egypt – 10pm – TV1 (delayed, 10.30pm) & Astro
    Spain vs Morocco – 2am – TV1 (delayed, 2.30am) & Astro

    June 26

    Iran vs Portugal – 2am – Astro
    Denmark vs France – 10pm – Astro
    Australia vs Peru – 10pm – Astro

    June 27

    Nigeria vs Argentina – 2am – TV1 & Astro
    Iceland vs Croatia – 2am – Astro
    South Korea vs Germany – 10pm – TV1 & Astro
    Mexico vs Sweden – 10pm – Astro

    June 28

    Serbia vs Brazil – 2am – TV1 & Astro
    Switzerland vs Costa Rica – 2am – Astro
    Japan vs Poland – 10pm – Astro
    Senegal vs Colombia – 10pm – Astro

    June 29

    England vs Belgium – 2am – TV1 & Astro
    Panama vs Tunisia – 2am – Astro

    Here’s the full schedule of the remaining matches, sourced from Star2Star2 2 and Star2 3. Free Astro Arena broadcasts are denoted as AA.

    Round of 16

    June 30
    France vs Argentina – 10pm – TV1 (delayed, 10.30pm), AA (delayed) & Astro
    Uruguay vs Portugal – 2am – TV1 (delayed, 2.30am), AA (delayed) & Astro

    July 1
    Spain vs Russia – 10pm – TV1, AA & Astro
    Croatia vs Denmark – 2am – TV1, AA & Astro

    July 2
    Brazil vs Mexico – 10pm – TV1, AA & Astro
    Winner of Group G vs Runner-up of Group H – 2am – TV1 (delayed, 2.30am), AA (delayed) & Astro

    July 3
    Sweden vs Switzerland – 10pm – AA (delayed), Astro
    Winner of Group H vs Runner-up of Group G – 2am – TV1, AA & Astro

    Quarter finals

    July 6
    Winner Match 49 vs Winner Match 50 – 10pm – TV1, AA & Astro
    Winner Match 53 vs Winner Match 54 – 2am – TV1 (delayed, 2.30am), AA (delayed) & Astro

    July 7
    Winner Match 55 vs Winner Match 56 – 10pm – TV2, AA & Astro
    Winner Match 51 vs Winner Match 52 – 2am – TV1, AA (delayed) & Astro

    July 11
    Winner Match 57 vs Winner Match 57 – 2am (Wednesday) – TV1/2*, AA & Astro

    July 12
    Winner Match 59 vs Winner Match 60 – 2am (Thursday) – TV1/2*, AA & Astro

    July 14
    3rd & 4th Placing – 10pm – TV1/2*, AA & Astro

    July 15
    Final – 11pm – TV1/2*, AA & Astro

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Source: News Straits Times

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