The BBC has signed an exclusive deal to show all the World Cup football games it has the broadcast rights to online.
All of the games shown on BBC TV will be live and free-to-air to viewers online at www.bbc.co.uk/worldcup. Only UK users will be able to access the matches.
All of the BBC's group games will be available on its website, as well as all the subsequent games the BBC has in the knockout stages.
All the way, England
The BBC will also have the exclusive rights to England's second round and quarter-final games should they reach that stage.
Furthermore, the BBC has non-exclusive rights to short highlights from every 2006 World Cup game. There will be four-minute clips from all 64 matches available on-demand whenever users want to view them.
Online viewers will be able to stream the same coverage as will appear on terrestrial television. This stream will also feature the same commentary as on TV.
Radio and writing, too
In addition to watching the games, online users will be able to hear and read about the latest action – BBC Radio Five Live will have an audio stream from the 2006 World Cup and there will also be live minute-by-minute reports on every match from BBC journalists.
BBC director of sport Roger Mosey said: "Our audiences now expect to get BBC Sport on television, on radio and online – and the World Cup on broadband is our biggest commitment yet to bringing people major events where and when they want them.
"You can watch the World Cup from the BBC at home on TV – or listen in the car on your radio – and now also see full live coverage on your computer.
"We know a lot of online viewing is done in the office, so we suspect this will allow people both to do their job and to keep up with the very latest action from Germany."
Modern multi-format broadcasting
Director of Sports Rights Dominic Coles added: "The BBC has great traditions in sport but we also want to be the most modern provider of content, and our move into broadband reflects this."
The BBC has successfully broadcast football over the internet before, but this is by far its biggest-ever single commitment.
In 2005 the BBC showed the final of the FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup in Japan between Liverpool and Sao Paulo online to UK internet users.
Similarly the BBC also broadcast online all the interactive streams from the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
This latest deal follows this week's announcement that the BBC will provide UK broadband users with access to five courts of live tennis action during the 2006 Wimbledon Championships.
The service will replicate coverage from the BBC's live terrestrial screenings plus the remaining digital interactive feeds.
The BBC already has the broadband rights to the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.