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How to watch the football in 4K Ultra HD and VR

Feel like you’re really there.

Exciting news - the BBC has announced that it’ll be showing the footballin 4K Ultra HD for the first time this summer through the iPlayer app. It’ll only be available to a lucky few though, on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure you’re online when the matches start.

You’ll also be able to enjoy every BBC game in virtual reality, so you can feel like you’re really at the stadium. Read on to see how you can get even closer to the action when it all kicks off.

How to watch the football in 4K Ultra HD

Make sure you’re on the iPlayer home screen when the coverage is about to start. As soon as the programme begins, you’ll be able to access the live stream – but only “tens of thousands” of people will get the 4K stream as part of this trial. Everyone else will get a Full HD resolution.

You’ll need high speed internet for it to work – at least 40Mbps. If you don’t get the 4K stream for the first match, make sure you try again. It’ll be available for all 29 matches that the BBC is showing on BBC One.

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How to watch the football in virtual reality

Download BBC Sport’s VR app from your iOS or Android store on your phone, or from the relevant store if you own a Gear VR, Oculus Go or PlayStation VR headset. You can then choose whether to watch from a virtual box in the stands, or from behind either goal.

As far as we know, there’s no limit on how many people can enjoy the VR stream. All 33 matches that are shown across the BBC channels this summer will be available on the VR app.

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