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Next year's World Cup will be filmed in 4K HDR, FIFA has announced. World football's governing body will supply its Media Rights Licensees for the 2018 tournament with 4K UHD productions of each of the 64 games.

In the UK, the licensees are the BBC and ITV. Whether they decide to broadcast the games in the resolution is another matter – neither broadcaster currently has a 4K channel.

4K has four times as many pixels as high definition, making for a much sharper image. HDR stands for high dynamic range – it makes for greater differences between the light and dark parts of the picture, with more 'steps' in between, creating a picture with more depth and that looks more lifelike.

FIFA has also said its World Cup productions will benefit from 'immersive audio'. Though it hasn't given any more information.

The BBC trialled 4K at the 2014 World Cup. It has previously used iPlayer as the home of its 4K experiments, so we could see the option of viewing the World Cup in 4K on iPlayer.

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