UK public service broadcaster the BBC is introducing a pop-up channel on its iPlayer over-the-top (OTT) streaming service to house its content from the FA Cup fourth round.
The iPlayer’s FA Cup Channel went live on the 26th and 27th January, with live games, classic matches and highlights from the domestic knockout soccer competition. It is the first time iPlayer has ever featured a pop-up channel.
All of the fourth round live games from the BBC’s FA Cup rights package featured on the channel, with each match offering a choice of commentary between BBC One or BBC Radio 5 Live, or to watch the match with no commentary at all. Users were also given the option to watch the Women’s FA Cup fourth round derby between Manchester United and Manchester City.
Steve Rudge, BBC lead soccer executive, said: “This new pop-up channel on iPlayer will give us the ability to give football fans far more FA Cup action than they could ever get on our linear channels, plus we’ve chosen some pretty tasty games from fourth rounds in the past for fans to sink their teeth into too.”
Dan McGolpin, controller of BBC iPlayer, added: “The FA Cup pop-up channel will be available exclusively on BBC iPlayer all weekend and is a great example of the total TV experience that you find there. It will be the place to enjoy all of the build-up and all of the goals, the live fourth round ties with your chosen commentary feed and some classic matches from the world’s original cup competition. Whatever kind of drama you are passionate about, BBC iPlayer is a great place to watch.”