PUTRAJAYA, , June 12 — It's not just the final World Cup 2018 match that will be shown live for free over TV1, but also two quarter-final matches and all semi-final matches.
State broadcaster Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) will show two quarter-final matches live via TV1 on July 6 (Friday) from 9pm to 12.30am with a kickoff time of 10pm, and on July 8 (Sunday) from 1am to 4.30am with a kickoff time of 2am.
The two remaining quarter-final matches on July 7 (Saturday) will be slightly delayed, with the pre-dawn match having a kickoff time of 2am and to be shown on TV1 from 2.30am to 5.30am, while the late night match with a kickoff time of 10pm will be shown on TV2 from 10.30pm to 1.30am.
The semifinal matches on July 11 (Wednesday) and July 12 (Thursday) will also be screened live in Malaysia via TV1 both at 1am to 4.30am, with a kickoff time of 2am.
The July 14 (Saturday) match that will determine who takes third place will be shown live from 9pm to 12.30am via TV1, with a kickoff time of 10pm.
And the final match where two countries will vie to be crowned the World Cup winner will be screened live also on TV1 from 10pm to 2am, with a kickoff time of 11pm.
The World Cup will be held in Russia from June 14 to July 15, where 32 countries will compete for the trophy.
RTM has allocated 400 hours to broadcast 41 out of the 64 matches, which it is licenced to do so at a cost of RM30 million that has been fully sponsored by platinum sponsor Maxis (RM18 million) and gold sponsor AirAsia (RM12 million).
Of these 41 matches that will be aired on TV1 and TV2, 28 will be shown live and 13 will be on a delayed transmission.
There will be a total of 83 repeat screenings via RTM throughout the month-long World Cup tournament, which is held only once every four years.