By Phillip Swann
The TV Answer Man –@tvanswerman
TV Answer Man, I didn’t see a 4K game from ESPN on Saturday. Are they done with the 4K game of the week series? — Jason, Manhattan Beach, California.
Jason, ESPN often does one game per week in 4K during the college football season, calling it the ‘4K Game of the Week.’ However, despite the moniker suggesting that means there will be a 4K game every week, there was NOT an ESPN 4K game last week. As in the past few seasons, ESPN does 8-10 4K games during the 18-week college football season.
But the sports network’s 4K Game of the Week is returning this week with top-ranked Georgia hosting 20th ranked Kentucky at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday (October 7). The game, which will feature two undefeated teams (both 5-0), will be simulcast on ESPN in high-def. DIRECTV, DIRECTV Stream, Dish, Comcast, Verizon, Optimum and YouTube TV are expected to offer the 4K broadcast on special 4K channels. (Check your on-screen guide for more details.)
In related news, Fox will offer two more games in 4K on Saturday. The doubleheader will be the Maryland-Ohio State game at noon ET and the UCF-Kansas matchup at 4 p.m. ET. The network’s Big Noon Kickoff show, which starts at 10 a.m. ET, will also be in 4K.
The Fox games can be seen in 4K on the Fox Sports app by logging in with your TV Everywhere user name and password from your pay TV provider. (Note that the Fox Now app is no longer available.) The games will be simulcast in HD on Fox network affiliates. The pay TV services that are expected to carry the Fox games in 4K on special 4K channels are DIRECTV, Dish, Comcast, Verizon, Optimum, DIRECTV Stream, YouTube TV, and FuboTV. (In FuboTV markets where the Fox affiliate is provided with your programming package.) Check your on-screen guide for more details
Jason, hope that helps. Happy viewing and stay safe!
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— Phillip Swann