Layer3 TV Will Offer The FIFA World Cup 2018 Matches In 4K
Stephan Jukic – June 12, 2018
Denver, Colorado-based Layer3 TV has a sharp appetite for delivering content through cutting-edge technology. The company offers very robust support for 4K programming and is hungry to acquire more of it based on what we’re seeing from its actions in recent years.
Now, in the latest coup for the content provider, all of the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches will be made available to subscribers of Layer3’s set-top boxes in 4K ultra HD resolution. Given that all of the company’s set-top sets now support 4K video for owners with compatible televisions (4K TVs obviously), this presumably means that their entire subscriber base should have theoretical access to the full World Cup roster.
The company will essentially be one of a limited group of pay TV service providers to access the live coverage of the 2018 World Cup as its released by Fox Sports, which will be recording and mastering it for delivery to providers live from the games. Layer3 has said that all 64 matches, starting with the kick-off match this Thursday between Saudi Arabia and Russia (the host country for the 2018 FIFA World Cup) will be available in ultra HD resolution on two different Layer3 4K channels.
Layer3 TV, which has been under T-Mobile’s ownership since January of this year, has stated that it won’t charge anything extra to its customers for access to the live 4K FIFA feeds. The only requirement will be that they have a 4K-capable TV and of course, a subscription to Layer3’s services.
According to Jeff Binder, executive VP of T-Mobile Home + Entertainment, speaking in a recently prepared statement:
“The World Cup is one of those events that the entire world tunes in for, and our subscribers expect the best quality picture possible for every corner kick and goal. Fox’s passionate soccer fans can get closer than ever to the fields this year with 4K resolution on Layer3 TV.”
Layer3 TV first began offering VOD and live 4K entertainment back in March of 2017 when it was still an independent company and has since then expanded its offerings incrementally, to include assorted movies, documentaries, and specialized 4K channels like Insight UHD and Nasa TV UHD, on which NASA’s steady streams of 4K recordings from space are presented to astronomy fans.
The T-Mobile’s 4K and other VOD/direct broadcast IPTV services are only available in select U.S markets for the time being however. These include Washington, D.C; Dallas, Texas; Longmont, Colorado; Denver, Los Angeles and Chicago. There are plans for a nationally available OTT service in 4K but Layer3 TV probably won’t start unveiling that until later in 2018.
Other U.S service providers who will be offering live 4K and HDR coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in 4K include DirecTV and Dish Network. Comcast will also offer the games through its X1 4K-capable boxes but only as a next-day service in VOD format, provided by Telemundo.