DIRECTV, which previously announced it would offer some March Madness games in 4K, has now revealed the actual schedule of 4K broadcasts for the annual college basketball championship tournament.
The satcaster has posted at its web site that the following games will be available in 4K:
* First Four Round – March 19 and March 20 in Dayton, OH
* First/Second Rounds – March 22 and March 24 from Tulsa, OK
* Regionals – March 28 and March 30 in Anaheim, CA
The games will air on DIRECTV”s live 4K channel, which is 106, and they will be broadcast in both 4K and HDR. (HDR stands for High Dynamic Range which can enhance the color and clarity of the 4K picture.)
The March Madness pairings will be announced this Sunday, March 17. (Note: The tournament games will be produced and broadcast by CBS and Turner Sports.)
If DIRECTV holds to these dates, that would mean it won’t air the Final Four championship round in 4K. The Final Four and championship game will be played on April 6 and April 8th respectively.
However, this will mark the first time that the March Madness tournament will be available in 4K on any pay TV service.
— Phillip Swann