FIFA estimates that Soccer World Cup 2006 games will attract an average of 500 million viewers each, with the final drawing 1 billion viewers.
ESPN owns the TV rights, including other platforms, to the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
ABC\ESPN (in a joint bid) paid $100 million for the broadcast rights in English in the USA, for 2010 World Cup and the 2014 World Cup. This agreement covers a wide range of media categories, including multimedia broadband internet and mobile telephony. "During the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, ABC Sports will air at least 10 matches live, including the Final," an ESPN press release said. "All remaining matches will be aired live on ESPN or ESPN2. Every match will be available in high definition and ESPN will feature a nightly FIFA World Cup highlight show throughout the month-long tournament."
November 2, 2005--Univision Communications Inc. (NYSE: UVN), the leading Spanish-language media company in the United States, announced that it won exclusive Spanish-language rights to broadcast throughout the United States and Puerto Rico the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup(TM) soccer tournaments. This agreement covers a wide range of media categories, including multimedia broadband internet and mobile telephony. Univision paid $325 million for the Spanish-language rights.
In 2002, Univision’s high-profile broadcast of the FIFA World Cup(TM) attracted 35 million viewers. More than 50 million viewers are expected to tune in to the 2006 games due to better game times and the growing popularity of the sport in the U.S.
Univision Network is the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the U.S. reaching 98% of U.S. Hispanic Households.
Fifa sold exclusive World Cup broadcast rights for North Africa for the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Soccer World Cups to pan-Arabic channel ART. ART is a pay-tv channel has encrypted the signals.
SBS has exclusive free-to-air rights to the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
SBS International has the broadcast rights in Korea for all 2007-2014 Fifa events, including all matches of the 2010 and 2014 Soccer World Cups. SBS International is the international acquisition arm of Seoul Broadcasting System, a South Korean television and radio networks.
16 September 2006