Fox Sports 4K Football Feeds Are Getting More Distributors Excited
Stephan Jukic – September 26, 2017
Fox Sports is picking up a growing list of interested content and broadcast distributors for its FS1 4K transmissions of selected college football matches and consumer football fans could ultimately be the winners in this growing web of deals.
For starters, we have Dish Network, which moved itself onto that list of distributors who are picking up the Fox college football feeds. The Dish service announced that customers of theirs who happen to own one of their Hopper 3 home video DVRs with 4K capability can now tune into Fox Sports broadcasts through the device on channel 540, which is Dish’s dedicated 4K UHD content channel. These Dish offerings started off with the Saturday, Sept 23 Oklahoma vs. Baylor game. According to Dish this coverage is just a part of a broader agreement with Fox Sports for 4K UHD feeds of other major live sports including college basketball, NASCAR Rallies and Major League Baseball season events.
Beyond Dish we also have DirecTV, which, as we reported earlier, jumped on the Fox Sports bandwagon even sooner in 2017 and Layer3 TV, a Colorado-based next generation cable TV provider which is also picking up the live sports 4K UHD broadcast offerings from Fox Sports for its rather more limited handful of regional subscriber markets. Unlike Dish though, Layer3 TV offers support for 4K streaming through all of its set-top boxes.
Fox Sports originally announced over a month ago that it would be producing and distributing one college football game per week in 4K UHD, live. This will amount to a total run of 13 games for the rest of 2017. The company has however been offering other types of live 4K UHD sportscasts for distribution and broadcast since much earlier in the year. Other matches for other types of sports will follow their own schedules but also be available in 4K UHD through Fox and its partners. The service should expand quite a bit further into 2018 and we’re expecting to see an even larger list of distribution partners signing up to receive the MLB, college football, college basketball, NASCAR and other live sportscast events that Fox has up its sleeves.
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