Q. I just bought a new 4K TV so my question is: Will the March Madness final on Monday night be in 4K? If so, which channel? — Terry, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Terry, congratulations on your purchase. But I am sorry to inform you that tonight’s NCAA basketball championship game between Virginia and Texas Tech will not be available in 4K via any TV provider, including DIRECTV, Dish and FuboTV which have offered live events in 4K in the past.
The game, which begins tonight at 9: 20 p.m. ET, will be broadcast in High-Definition on CBS. Jim Nantz, Bill Raferty, Grant Hill and Tracy Wolfson will deliver the play-by-play and analysis.
It’s a shame that tonight’s game won’t be in 4K. This is yet another major event that won’t be in 4K. The Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Championship Series and several other premiere sporting events have also never been broadcast in the new picture format, although millions of Americans now own 4K sets.
But you might be encouraged to hear that DIRECTV and Dish, the nation’s two satellite TV services, did offer more than 10 March Madness games in 4K this year, although they did not include the Final Four or tonight’s championship. This was the first year that any March Madness games were available in 4K so maybe next year we’ll see all of them, if not most.
Terry, hope that helps. Happy Viewing!
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