Dish will join DIRECTV in offering Fox-produced college football games in 4K, the satcaster announced today.
DIRECTV revealed earlier this month that it would air more than 10 college football games this season in 4K. And Dish said today that it would offer “select” games in the new picture format, starting with this Saturday’s matchup between Oklahoma and Baylor at 6:30 p.m. ET. (The satcaster did not specify how many games it would offer in 4K.)
Dish said the games, which will also air on Fox Sports 1 in high-def, will be simulcast in 4K on its channel 540 on Hopper 3 set-tops.
“DISH has offered 4K-ready set-top boxes for three years, and 4K TV market share is anticipated to exceed one-in-four U.S. households by the end of 2017,” said Vivek Khemka, DISH’s executive vice president and chief technology officer. “The missing element? 4K programming. That’s why it’s great to see forward-looking companies like FOX invest in 4K production, so together we can deliver live entertainment in crystal-clear resolution.”
As DIRECTV has done previously, Dish said it would also broadcast Fox-produced 4K coverage of college basketball games, Major League Baseball and NASCAR racing.
— Phillip Swann