Watch England vs. Italy in UHD on iPlayer, not ITV Hub
In addition to the excitement and / or trauma of seeing their team make it to a major tournament final for the first time in decades, English fans preparing for Sunday’s Euro 2020 final will also be faced with the agony of choice. TV or streaming? HD or UHD or, thrill, standard definition? BBC or ITV? Here’s our guide to make sure you get the best viewing experience.
How to watch euros in UHD
Watch it on BBC iPlayer. It’s that simple. You can watch England vs. Italy in ultra-high definition 4K HDR thanks to BBC iPlayer as long as you have a compatible TV and an internet connection that can take the pressure (the BBC recommends 24MB / s for reliable 4K stream).
If your television is not on the frankly gigantic list of supported devices then there is a good chance that you have a Roku or similar dongle or streaming box that you can use (alas, your Chromecast Ultra will not work). Again, all supported devices are on the list. The BBC also has full UHD streaming advice page which covers common queries.
If you really like commercial breaks, the scowl of Roy Keane and the suave tones of Sam Matterface and Lee Dixon, then ITV is streaming the finale in HD on ITV1 HD. And if you thought you were using ITV Hub, don’t. Not only ITV Hub extremely glitchy and unreliable – like its Twitter feed shows, the app encountered technical issues throughout Euro 2020 – the ITV stream from England v Italy will not even be in HD. JT
How to Avoid Streaming Delays and Delays
Again, watch it on the BBC. England’s semi-final against Denmark was broadcast exclusively on ITV, with many people relying on ITV Hub to watch the game. The service was beset with technical issues, especially in the second half when the stream crashed several times and couldn’t restart. Dozens of people complained that the ITV Hub app on Apple TV constantly crashes and only shows pre-roll ads rather than the game itself.
ITV has confirmed that it is “having problems” with ITV Hub on Apple TV. Other viewers complained about a time lag between the live broadcast and the ITV Hub stream, which in some cases was longer than a minute. Delays and downtime on feeds are not uncommon and the BBC and ITV have done a lot of work to improve the reliability of feeds ahead of Euro 2020. That said, BBC feeds have always been more reliable and better than those on ITV Hub.
Another thing to consider if you’re worried about lag is watching UHD. Your UHD stream may be up to a minute behind the live action. Switch from BBC UHD stream to watch build-up on BBC One or BBC One HD through your TV antenna, for example, and you’ll get a good idea of how late you are. If you’re worried about streaming lag, especially with UHD, your best bet is to watch the game in HD through your TV antenna. Like the good old times. JT
How to get the best match experience
Picture quality and airtime are two important considerations, but there’s another key decision: should you watch the finale on BBC One or ITV1? Before the semi-final, there wasn’t much to separate the two broadcasters during the tournament: Guy Mowbray, the BBC’s lead commentator, is a sure and experienced pair of hands, but the team from ITV experts perhaps had the edge with the real insight and effective preparation of the Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes blowing the drab shots of Alan Shearer out of the water.
However, ITV’s decision to demote iconic Clive Tyldesley for this tournament in favor of Sam Matterface backfired in the England semi-final. Although Tyldesley’s pairing with Ally McCoist animated many esoteric group stage clashes, he missed a lot in the semi-final – with Matterface’s performance. not well received by fans at home (unless you like tortured airplane analogies).