Q. I read that CBS will use a bunch of 4K cameras for the Super Bowl next month. Does that mean the game will be available in 4K on DIRECTV or Dish or other services? — Manny, Tampa, Florida.
Manny, you are right. CBS last week announced it will employ 16 4K cameras, and nine Sony slow-motion cameras capable of capturing 4K images, during next month’s broadcast of the 53rd Super Bowl from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. (The game will be played Sunday, February 3.)
The news has triggered rumors that CBS will produce a separate broadcast of the game in 4K, which would then be carried by DIRECTV and perhaps Dish. (Both satcasters have live 4K channels, and have aired a number of live sporting events in the new picture format including NBA and MLB games.) 4K broadcast of Super Bowl LIII would truly be historic, particularly since there has yet to be any NFL game broadcast in 4K, much less the Super Bowl.
So today I asked Gerard Caraccioli, CBS Sports’ executive director for communications, whether CBS will produce a 4K broadcast of the game. His answer: Nope.
“No, it will not be a separate 4K broadcast,” Caraccioli told the TVAnswerman.com.
So, Manny, 2019 will NOT be the first year that we can watch the nation’s biggest sporting event in 4K. Maybe next year, Manny. Maybe next year.
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