4K broadcasts are finally coming to the NFL. One week from tonight, FOX’s first Thursday Night Football game of the 2019 season (with simulcast on NFL Network) will be available in 4K via DIRECTV. Every Thursday night game (aside from Thanksgiving Night) throughout the rest of the season will also be broadcast in 4K. Here’s the full schedule, starting with the Eagles and Packers on Thursday, September 26.
-September 26: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers
-October 3: Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks
-October 10: New York Giants vs. New England Patriots
-October 17: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos
-October 24: Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings
-October 31: San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals
-November 7: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders
-November 14: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns
-November 21: Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans
-December 5: Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears
-December 12: New York Jets vs. Baltimore Ravens
DIRECTV also offers the Sunday Ticket package, and many fans would love for that to be offered in ultra-high-definition to watch every live out-of-market game in the best format available. But this is a big step in the right direction, even if it’s long overdue.
And with these games being aired on FOX, this brings hope that this season’s Super Bowl will be available in 4K, as it’s FOX’s year to broadcast the Big Game. I would think the NFL wants the biggest game from their centennial season to be available in ultra-high-definition.
4K televisions are expected to be in about half of U.S. homes by the end of this year, and huge cable provider Xfinity has shown the FIFA World Cup in 4K (though on slight delay of about 30 seconds). There’s hope a 4K Super Bowl can reach a larger number of viewers instead of just those with DIRECTV.
Thursday Night Football in 4K will be available all season starting in Week 4 on DIRECTV’s Channel 105.