World Cup in 4K?

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Wish they wouldn’t show it at all...a month of BORING game of kicking a ball around and pretending to be hurt....think we can just have that in SD.
 
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Latin America is getting it in 4K. Hopefully we are too.


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The satellite pay-TV operator becomes a pioneer in 4K UHD resolution sports broadcasts in in the region* and demonstrates its leadership in sports content with unique and superior coverage of the most important international football event. The broadcast of 64 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is now also available with the best image and sound that currently exists in the market.

DIRECTV has always been at the forefront of technology and innovation, and for every FIFA World Cup™ since 1998 it has surprised with innovation. Next year will be no exception as the satellite pay-TV operator will offer for the first time all 64 matches of the football championship in 4K Ultra High Definition (UDH) resolution in Latin America.*

“At DIRECTV we continue to revolutionize the industry by offering Latin American consumers leading edge developments. This time we provide the full broadcast of the FIFA World Cup™ in 4K Ultra HD resolution, available for access at home. By delivering the first World Cup produced entirely with this technology, we remain committed to delivering the best entertainment experience,” said Rick Nerod, SVP Content of DIRECTV Latin America.

“FIFA has a well-established track record of promoting the best technology for the FIFA World Cup™. For the benefit of all the fans of the world, next year won’t be different. With 4K UHD technology, you can watch the games in as much detail as possible,” said Florin Mitu, Head of Host Broadcast Production, FIFA TV. “Latin Americans are well known in the world for the passion of how they live football. So we are very excited to give you the best possibilities, technically speaking, to fuel your enthusiasm. Fans are the center of the universe for us and we always strive to give them the best.”

This broadcast will allow access to a resolution up to four times higher than the HD format, that is, greater image clarity that will surprise. In addition, DIRECTV will also offer HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology, which delivers an image with more vibrant colors, including darker and brighter blacks, and greater sharpness. The next FIFA World Cup will be broadcast in Ultra HD and some of the matches will also be produced in HDR.

In order to offer the next FIFA World Cup™ in 4K UHD, DIRECTV relies on a solid technological infrastructure. The signal that the pay-TV operator will receive via fiber optic cable directly from Moscow, Russia, will be processed and uploaded in the Broadcast Centers of the pay-TV operator to its satellite (DLA-1), which has the technology that can broadcast in 4K UDH resolution directly to consumers’ homes.

How can you see the next FIFA World Cup Russia 2018™ on DIRECTV in 4K Ultra HD? You will need to be a subscriber of the satellite pay-TV operator, have the new 4K decoder that the company will launch in 2018, as well as a TV that has the corresponding characteristics to watch programming with this resolution. DIRECTV will announce in the coming months when the new decoder will be available in the market and all the information related to this new offer.

DIRECTV once again demonstrates its leadership in sports content by providing unique and superior coverage of the most prominent international football event with the broadcasting of all matches for the TV screen in both HD and 4K UHD, as well as the availability of matches on online platforms through the DIRECTV Sports App, DIRECTVSports.com and DIRECTV Play.

DIRECTV in the World Cups

DIRECTV is a leader in sports content and for every FIFA World Cup it makes great efforts to deliver the most complete coverage and a unique experience to its subscribers. Since the 1998 FIFA World Cup France™, DIRECTV has always delivered innovation and this time will be no different.

  • FIFA World Cup France 1998™: all matches were available in seven languages.
  • FIFA World Cup Korea Japan 2002™: debut of the multi-camera system broadcasting.
  • FIFA World Cup Germany 2006™: the first to offer all matches in the 16:9 widescreen format.
  • FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010™: the first to offer 64 games in high definition.
  • FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014™: 64 games on TV in HD and on computers, smartphones and tablets via online platforms.
  • FIFA World Cup Russia 2018™: 64 games on HD TV and 4K UHD and on computers, smartphones and tablets via their online platforms.
DIRECTV always at the forefront of technology

DIRECTV has positioned itself as a technology benchmark in the entertainment industry with more than two decades of innovation; the first Satellite Company to offer 100% digital TV, the most advanced DVR, pioneers in HD transmission and a product that offers a unique and interactive user experience.

*DIRECTV's 4K UHD broadcast will be available in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay. DIRECTV will broadcast 56 games live and 8 deferred matches. These 8 matches correspond to the last matches of the first phase, when each of the eight groups play their two matches simultaneously.

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I'm getting nervous Fox Sports still hasn't announced anything.

Good news it, the exclusive OTT app requires a cable log-in:

Hisense Launches Exclusive FOX Sports: 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Edition Application

A LOT of the broadcast matches are on national FOX (just under half iirc?), which makes me worry there will be affiliate issues when it comes to broadcasting those games live also in 4K (no local ads). Any game on FS1 shouldn't be an issue, and Fox Sports has a long history of broadcasting FS1 sports simultaneously on the 4K channels.
 
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It would help if DirecTV would even occasionally update their 4K schedule on their website.
 
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from Swanni twitter account

DIRECTV to Air 28 World Cup Games In 4K HDR
The telco has refused to confirm that DIRECTV will offer the games in 4K, although it has suggested in promotional material that it will. Asked today if the satcaster will air the games in 4K, an AT&T spokeswoman would only say it would release programming plans for the games “in the next week.”

DIRECTV to Air 28 World Cup Games In 4K HDR - The TV Answer Man!
 
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So it does unfortunately look like FS1 games only, are going to be broadcast in 4k. Big FOX games are exclusive to your local affiliate.

That's bad news for me as my local FOX (WFVX) is a substation of the ABC affiliate. Both have horrendous PQ with a horrible bitrate and only two channel audio. It's great to see soccer grow so much in this country that over half of the games get broadcast OTA, but it's extremely unfortunate that this causes me to suffer watching them on 90s television technology.

Worse things have happened though :p
 
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So it does unfortunately look like FS1 games only, are going to be broadcast in 4k. Big FOX games are exclusive to your local affiliate.

That's bad news for me as my local FOX (WFVX) is a substation of the ABC affiliate. Both have horrendous PQ with a horrible bitrate and only two channel audio. It's great to see soccer grow so much in this country that over half of the games get broadcast OTA, but it's extremely unfortunate that this causes me to suffer watching them on 90s television technology.

Worse things have happened though :p

This is not correct... Please check your facts before posting this stuff.... The Swanni article linked to the DirecTV website only lists games thru June 24th and in that initial list 17 games in 4K HDR are from the FOX BROADCAST NETWORK, the remaining 11 are from FS 1.... There will obviously be many more 4K HDR games beyond June 24th to be listed later and thus, many more from FOX Broadcast Network....

So your statement that the "Big FOX games are exclusive to your local affiliate" is NOT correct. You will be able to avoid your local ABC affiliate's signal and go right to the 4K HDR feed on DirecTV Channels 105 and 106.
 
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This is not correct... Please check your facts before posting this stuff.... The Swanni article linked to the DirecTV website only lists games thru June 24th and in that initial list 17 games in 4K HDR are from the FOX BROADCAST NETWORK, the remaining 11 are from FS 1.... There will obviously be many more 4K HDR games beyond June 24th to be listed later and thus, many more from FOX Broadcast Network....

So your statement that the "Big FOX games are exclusive to your local affiliate" is NOT correct. You will be able to avoid your local ABC affiliate's signal and go right to the 4K HDR feed on DirecTV Channels 105 and 106.

I'm only interested because this may open the door to 4K NFL on FOX, instead of 720p swimming grass-o-vision...
 
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I'm only interested because this may open the door to 4K NFL on FOX, instead of 720p swimming grass-o-vision...

Yes, I totally agree and hope so as well ... Isn't it incredible that FIFA will be cranking out 64 live World Cup games in 4K HDR to the whole world and the NFL has yet to put out the Super Bowl, much less any regular NFL games, in 4K HDR in the USA ???
 
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Yes, I totally agree and hope so as well ... Isn't it incredible that FIFA will be cranking out 64 live World Cup games in 4K HDR to the whole world and the NFL has yet to put out the Super Bowl, much less any regular NFL games, in 4K HDR in the USA ???

Well I wouldn't be surprised if the Super Bowl is available in 4K outside of the US (maybe it already has been) but since it is on broadcast TV and local stations depend on that ad revenue it is going to be years before the Super Bowl is available in 4K in the US.
 
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Well I wouldn't be surprised if the Super Bowl is available in 4K outside of the US (maybe it already has been) but since it is on broadcast TV and local stations depend on that ad revenue it is going to be years before the Super Bowl is available in 4K in the US.

We have already had "broadcast TV/ local stations" sports events available in 4K, such as many CBS golf tournaments.... And now the World Cup games whose "broadcast TV/ local stations" rights are owned by FOX affiliates and TELEMUNDO affiliates...... Therefore, the Super Bowl should not warrant a "broadcast TV" 4K exception based on this precedent...
 
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We have already had "broadcast TV/ local stations" sports events available in 4K, such as many CBS golf tournaments.... And now the World Cup games whose "broadcast TV/ local stations" rights are owned by FOX affiliates and TELEMUNDO affiliates...... Therefore, the Super Bowl should not warrant a "broadcast TV" 4K exception based on this precedent...

The Super Bowl has an order of magnitude more viewers in the US than World Cup - and when they have done golf in "4K" it wasn't the full coverage, it has been limited to fixed cameras on a few holes. Golf tournaments are probably the hardest to go full 4K, because of the sheer number of cameras, size of the playing field, and the handheld cameras they use that other sports don't.

The Super Bowl is the biggest advertising bonanza, by far, that dwarfs all other sporting events. Affiliates would be mad as hell and probably sue if the networks tried to take away some of their local ad revenue by offering a 4K feed. Before anyone suggests the network could compensate the local stations for that, they need to get the money to pay for that from somewhere - they aren't going to do it out of the goodness of their hearts...
 
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Well I wouldn't be surprised if the Super Bowl is available in 4K outside of the US (maybe it already has been) but since it is on broadcast TV and local stations depend on that ad revenue it is going to be years before the Super Bowl is available in 4K in the US.
Well with ATSC 3.0 coming, you never know. But thats a big if and still many years away.
 
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Well with ATSC 3.0 coming, you never know. But thats a big if and still many years away.

Oh yeah even though I think most stations will use ATSC 3.0 to carry HD subchannels (and more of them) rather than 4K, they'd be able to cut off those subchannels for a major event like the Super Bowl so that will be 4K once ATSC 3.0. But only for people watching OTA, and maybe cable. Satellite viewers will be SOL.
 
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I watched the first game today, broadcast was less than impressive. No announcers, elevated black levels, some pixelation (it could have been the surviving camera). Hopefully we get a better product tomorrow.

Both of the past two Olympics have been much better, albeit not live.
 
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