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DIRECTV to Offer NFL In 4K

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DIRECTV this month will begin 4K HDR coverage of Fox’s Thursday Night Football games, starting with the September 26 clash between the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers at 8 p.m. ET, an AT&T spokeswoman has confirmed to the TV Answer Man.

The satcaster joins Optimum, Verizon and fuboTV as TV providers that will carry the Thursday night contests in the new picture format. This will be the first time that the NFL will be available in 4K on any service, including satellite and cable.

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(Note: All 4K NFL games will be produced by Fox as part of its Thursday Night Football coverage. So you might want to examine this list of Fox stations that are carried by fuboTV before you sign up. FuboTV does not carry Fox in every market.)

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Dish has yet to announce whether it will carry the games in 4K, but it’s quite likely. The satellite service has offered live 4K events before. We will update this story if we get more information.

Here are the Thursday Night Football games that will be available in 4K on DIRECTV, and the other TV providers:

September 26
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers 8 p.m. ET

October 3
Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks, 8 p.m. ET

October 10
New York Giants vs. New England Patriots, 8 p.m. ET

October 17
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos, 8 p.m. ET

October 24
Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings, 8 p.m. ET

October 31
San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals, 8 p.m. ET

November 7
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 8 p.m. ET

November 14
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns, 8 p.m. ET

November 21
Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans, 8 p.m. ET

December 5
Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears, 8 p.m. ET

December 12
New York Jets vs. Baltimore Ravens, 8 p.m. ET

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3 Comments on DIRECTV to Offer NFL In 4K

  1. When, if ever, will the broadcast nets and/or indivd stations transmit 4K?

  2. I’m watching the Eagkes vs Packers game and the 1080i on the NFL network looks more sharper than 4k channel.
    4k seems to be a bit choppy and there is a difference in quality when they switch to the field camera. The 1080i quality stays consistent from the various camera angles they switch to.
    I noticed the same thing happening with a college football game in 4k.
    Is there a reason 4k would be a worse picture that 1080i?

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