Are Les Bleus Heading For Streaming as Part of FIFA Plans?

The French national team have been involved in many classic encounters through the decades, while they have enjoyed some very notable triumphs on the biggest stages too.

Now, if recent reports are to be believed, fans may soon be able to use a new service to access footage of such matches. This is because FIFA is apparently investigating how it could use streaming technology to serve up a host of content to supporters all over the world.

Going direct

In the middle of December, the Daily Mail reported that the organization is looking into the creation of a direct-to-consumer streaming service.

FIFA is reportedly interested in the step after it observed the success that the NFL has had by streaming content to fans without a broadcast partner. Initially, it is anticipated that the service could feature FIFA youth tournaments and also eSports, although there are suggestions that it may also dive back into football’s famous past too.

The report outlines how an archive of classic matches from the World Cup may also be in the pipeline. While no details about specific games have been shared, it would be surprising if each of the finals were not featured. Such a move would of course mean that Les Bleus may be included on the service, thanks to their World Cup successes in both 1998 and 2018.

Important technology

Little is ultimately known about the rumoured service at this point, but the reports could perhaps be regarded as yet another sign of just how important streaming technology has become in recent years.

The concept has had a major impact on how people access football content across a range of devices, while its presence has of course been felt in countless other areas as well. The rise of Netflix and other platforms has transformed the world of film and TV, while many people now listen to music on platforms including the French service Deezer. Music Business World recently revealed how the latter has created a new co-branded platform with A1 Telekom Austria Group. Known as A1 Xplore Music, it will initially be available to customers in Austria, Bulgaria, and Slovenia.

Streaming is also having an impact on gaming through services like Google Stadia, while its presence is being felt in casino gaming as well. Many sites now offer live casino games that are based around the use of streaming technology, with highlighting how Spin Casino includes experiences from Evolution Gaming and Ezugi. The games can be played on both mobile and desktop, while the range of titles available includes the soccer-inspired Evolution Live Football Studio.

A fresh way to watch

When all of that is considered, it is fair to say that streaming technology is now massive in many different areas. With that in mind, it is perhaps not a huge surprise that FIFA is reportedly investigating how to make use of it.

It will be intriguing to see what the organization ultimately comes up with and how it offers fans a fresh way to enjoy new content and footage from classic matches.

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