Dish, DirecTV, Fubo All Offering NCAA March Madness Games In 4K UHD
Stephan Jukic – March 19, 2019
Now that March Madness is on the scene, some fans of the NCAA Championship have the opportunity to enjoy the basketball matches that are still coming up in a way that really kicks up the entertainment factor. The satellite entertainment provider Dish is offering this up in the way of live 4K broadcasts of 13 different games throughout March with just a couple of conditions attached.
Dish has announced 8 games so far, with the First Four going live on Tuesday March 19th and going on through to the Elite Eight in full, gloriously detailed 4K ultra HD resolution. Subscribers who want to watch all the matches that are still left need to have the following: a 4K UHD TV (obviously enough), a Hopper 3 DVR and a Dish subscription that allows 4K broadcasts.
All of the matches left for March Madness are going down on Dish channel 540, one of the service’s 4K UHD channels.
Here’s the full breakdown of the 8 already announced games, dates and hours. You’ve still got plenty of time left to catch most of them even if you’re not yet a subscriber to the Dish service:
March 19, at 6:40 p.m. E.T.: F. Dickinson vs. Prairie View
March 19, at the conclusion of Game 1: Belmont vs. Temple
March 20, at 6:40 p.m. E.T.: N. Dakota St. vs. NC Central
March 20, at the conclusion of Game 3: Arizona St. vs. St. John’s
March 22, 1:20 p.m. E.T.: Texas Tech vs. Northern Kentucky
March 22, 3:50 p.m. E.T.: Buffalo vs. TBD
March 22, 7:15 p.m. E.T.: Houston vs. Georgia St.
March 22, 9:45 p.m. E.T.: Iowa State vs. Ohio State
Another cool thing about all of these and the rest of Dish’s 4K UHD March Madness broadcasts is that they’ll be delivered at a smooth, fast-flowing 60 frames per second, meaning that more realistic level of action. Users who don’t care about the 4K aspect or won’t have a chance to watch the games at home on a 4K HDR TV can also enjoy an included portable option by which Dish Anywhere lets them watch any of the games in HD resolution from their laptop, smartphone, tablet or other display so long as they have a Dish subscription which includes the Hopper 3 or a Sling-connected Dish receiver.
Other services that are also giving Dish a run for its money in offering March Madness in 4K UHD include Fubo TV, which will be delivering some of the remaining NCAA games in 4K, and DirecTV, which is supposedly offering the NCAA matches not just in 4K but also in HDR, though we haven’t confirmed the HDR aspect yet.
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