DIRECTV to televise Thursday Night Football in 4K

AT&T has announced that it will be carrying Thursday Night Football games in 4K, matching similar announcements from Fubo, Verizon, Comcast, and Altice. This means that for the first time, major NFL games will be available in 4K throughout the season. While it doesn’t mean we’ll get Sunday games in 4K, it’s a step. Maybe next year.

Why has this taken so long?

In the past I’ve blamed camera setups, satellite uplinks, and other factors. But, perhaps it’s been a matter of simple demand. People wanted 4K NFL but they were willing to do without it and still watch. Perhaps the NFL itself is finally realizing that those late-2000s upgrades, adding more cameras and more angles, aren’t enough. It’s time to step up and provide 4K. And so, they are.

OK, now, the details

We know for sure that the September 26 game between the Eagles and Packers will be televised. Profootballtalk claims these others will be broadcast in 4K on DIRECTV as well:

Other games that will be televised in 4K on Thursday nights are Week Five (Rams at Seahawks), Week Six (Giants at Patriots), Week Seven (Chiefs at Broncos), Week Eight (Washington at Vikings), Week Nine (49ers at Cardinals), Week 10 (Chargers at Raiders), Week 11 (Steelers at Browns), Week 12 (Colts at Texans), Week 14 (Cowboys at Bears), Week 15 (Jets at Ravens).

That’s very close to the entire Thursday night NFL schedule.

We expect that these games will be on DIRECTV channel 105 and that you’ll need the Reverse Band LNB to get them. If you haven’t arranged for your 4K upgrade through Solid Signal, now is the time.

Upgrading to 4K

Upgrading to 4K is an easy process. You can do it yourself with parts from Solid Signal and our free Ultimate Guide tells you how and even gives you clickable parts lists.  You’ll need that new dish (or new LNB, the front part) plus an HR54 Genie or Genie 2. To watch 4K content you’ll need a 4K Genie Mini Client.

Now is the time to get all this done… there’s not a lot of time left before the big game. It starts with shopping at Solid Signal or calling our 100% US-based call center at 888-233-7563. We can get you all the help you need, recommend installation assistance if you need someone, and give you tips on how to best upgrade what you have.

It’s beginning to look like 4K sports are finally here. It’s taken long enough, but I think it was worth the wait.

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