Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker: First Ever Pay-Per-View Boxing Match In 4K Coming Soon
Stephan Jukic – March 25, 2018
All the bloody, sweaty detail of multiple (or at least hopefully multiple) rounds of a major boxing match will be available to paying subscribers for the first time ever in full 4K ultra HD resolution on Saturday, March 31.
That’s right, Sky Sports is live broadcasting the Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker unification match along with other undercard fights for the same evening before the main event live in full 4K ultra HD resolution as a pay-per-view offering with a cost of £20 to UK subscribers. Sky Q customers with a 4K ultra HD TV (and preferably one with HDR as well), a Sky Q 2TB box with 4K capacity and a multiscreen subscription will have access to the 4K event through the Sky Sports Box Office for the price above. This is in fact also the cost of the HD-only broadcast of this fight and all the same accompanying undercard matches, so all things considered, if you happen to already own a 4K TV, the 4K fight is a pretty good deal.
Sky has already put some major previous effort into delivering 4K ultra HD broadcasts to their subscribers on the European market. The overall service for live 4K broadcasting first kicked off in August of 2016 and has expanded nicely since then. Previous live UHD matches have included F1 racing, test cricket and most recently, Premier League football matches with Dolby Atmos sound as a bonus feature of these transmissions (no Dolby Atmos for the Joshua vs. Joseph fight though unfortunately). Then of course there’s also Sky’s large and growing collection of 4K HDR movies for subscribers of the service.
Obviously enough, accessing the live boxing match in 4K UHD resolution also means owning a 4K TV and having a Sky Q subscription of your own. Home internet connectivity also has to be fast enough to support live 4K feeds. This means a connection of at least 25 to 30 Mbps of consistent broadband.
Our 4K UHD TV Guide page lists of today’s best television models for just about every budget and type of need. It’s worth a look if you’d like to see future sportscasts from whichever market you happen to live in in the sort of resolution that really brings out all the fine gritty details of the action.