4K March Madness Resumes Today On Satellite Services
4K Ultra HD sports lovers can still catch some of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament action in 3840 x 2160 resolution, including some with HDR.
March Madness is underway and this year, 4K Ultra HDTVs connected to the right services will have a chance to catch some of the action in 4K for the first time.
Both direct-to-home satellite TV services, DirecTV and Dish, are offering a few of the contests in 4K Ultra HDTV this year. Sports-centric over-the-top streaming service Fubo TV also offered select games from the tournament on March 15th.
In total, up to 13 games from the multi-level tournament action are being made available in 4K. Some of the action began earlier.
Dish subscribers with a 4K TV and a compatible Dish receiver have access to eight NCAA Championship playoff games in 3840 x 2160p 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, which will provide smoother high resolution fast motion images.
In addition to the 4K TV, Dish subscribers will need a Hopper 3 DVR tuned to channel 540. Game times are as follows:
The last of Dish’s scheduled 4K matches include the following.
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
DirecTV customers also can watch a number of games in 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR). DirecTV typically supports the HLG variety of HDR, so an HLG compatible display will be necessary to take advantage. The games will air on DirecTV live 4K events channel 106. Remaining 4K scheduled events are as follows:
March 22 from Tulsa, OK
March 24 from Tulsa, OK
March 28 from Anaheim, CA
March 30 from Anaheim, CA
Sports-centric over-the-top streaming service FuboTV also began offering 4K NCAA basketball action with a select number of Big East and Big Ten Tournament games on March 15th. At this time, it is not listing any further NCAA tournament action in 4K resolution, although it is carrying the full schedule of NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament action right down the the final title game on April 8th in HD resolution.
To watch future events in 4K, FuboTV subscribers will need a 4K compatible streaming device, like an Apple TV 4K, Chromecast Ultra, Roku 4K-compatible streamers of 4K Ultra HD compatible smart TVs, and Amazon’s 4K-compatible Fire TV devices.
FuboTV has been streaming select programs in 4K/HDR since beginning its 4K beta in July of 2018.
By Greg Tarr
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