DIRECTV next month will air the first NASCAR race ever in 4K, the satcaster has disclosed at its web site.
The race, the Monster Energy Cup from Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia, will take place April 2, starting at 2 p.m. ET. DIRECTV will air the 4K broadcast on its live 4K channel, channel 106.
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Fox Sports 1 will simulcast the race in High-Definition.
The NASCAR broadcast in 4K is part of DIRECTV’s new partnership with Fox Sports which has previously led to the 4K broadcasts of two college basketball games. The two companies have also said to expect Major League Baseball games in 4K along with other sporting events.
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In related news, DIRECTV has also disclosed its April lineup of Major League Baseball games in 4K. (It’s unclear if the games are part of the Fox deal, or the satcaster’s previous arrangement with the MLB Network.)
4/4 – Cubs @ Cards
4/12 – Dodgers @ Cubs
4/21 – Nationals @ Mets
4/27 – Yankees @ Red Sox
4/28 – Cubs @ Red Sox
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And here are DIRECTV’s next four NBA games that will air in 4K:
3/17 – Orlando @ Phoenix (10pm ET)
3/23 – Toronto @ Miami (7:30pm ET)
3/29 – Oklahoma City @ Orlando (7pm ET)
4/11 – Oklahoma City @ Minnesota (8pm ET)
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DIRECTV recently changed the minimum package required to get its live 4K channel to Select so more subscribers could access it as well as the satcaster’s two other 4K channels, which are devoted to recurring programming and Video on Demand.
To watch 4K on DIRECTV, you must get a compatible 4K TV, a DIRECTV HD DVR54 Genie System (or above), and installation of the Genie by a DIRECTV technician.
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For the MLB in market subs will be blacked on the 4K feed for the MLB Network games.
I just watched the Nascar event in 4k on direct TV. The show was great and beyond expectations. What really jumped out were the brilliant colors of the cars and surroundings. I cannot understand why ESPN as the leading sports network has not jumped on the band wagon with DTV on having their sports events in 4k!