World Cup opening ceremony TV channel: How to watch live and what time it starts

Today’s the day. The one we’ve all been waiting for. The World Cup opening ceremony… followed by the little matter of Russia vs Saudi Arabia.

Russia will hope to get the tournament off to a vibrant, exciting and uncontroversial opening, with the eyes of the world on the Luhzniki Stadium.

Russian president Vladimir Putin is expected in attendance but he will not be the start turn.

Starsport brings you everything you need to know about the opening ceremony.

World Cup 2018 opening ceremony: When does it start?

The World Cup 2018 opening ceremony will get underway at 3.30pm (BST).

The World Cup opening ceremony is set to clock in at less than 30 minutes, with Russia vs Saudi Arabia scheduled to kick-off at 4pm.

World Cup 2018 opening ceremony: What TV channel is it on?

The World Cup 2018 opening ceremony will be broadcast live on ITV in the United Kingdom.

The channel’s coverage begins at 2.30pm (BST).

ITV’s coverage means that all the action can be followed on your desktop or laptop via the ITV app, which is available on iOS and Android smartphone and tablet devices.

The ITV app is also available on a number of platforms including Amazon Fire devices, iPad, Mac computers and laptops, Playstation 3, PS4 and Xbox One.

The ITV app is available to download on iOS and Android devices, and they will also be providing live text coverage and updates.

The BBC will not be covering the World Cup opening ceremony.

World Cup opening ceremony TV channel: How to watch live and what time it starts

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World Cup Opening Ceremony: Robbie Williams will be performing

World Cup 2018 opening ceremony: Who is performing?

There will reportedly be 500 dancers and gymnasts involved in the opening ceremony.

Robbie Williams will perform alongside Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.

“I’m so happy and excited to be going back to Russia for such a unique performance,” said Williams.

“I’ve done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream.

“We’d like to invite football and music fans to party with us in Russia, in the stadium, or to tune in their TVs a little earlier for an unforgettable show.”

However, Rock DJ star Williams has been criticised by a number of politicians and campaigners for performing.

The head of the global Magnitsky justice campaign Bill Browder said: “There’s lots of ways to make money Robbie Williams, but selling your soul to a dictator shouldn’t be one of them. Shame on you.”

Brazil legend Ronaldo is also due to make an appearance.

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