Will the 2020 Super Bowl be in 4K?


Oh my, how it feels good to say that.

In a recent earnings call, Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch had this to say:

With very positive feedback and we’re excited to be the first broadcaster ever to stream the Super Bowl in 4K.

You can get the whole transcript of the call at Seeking Alpha if you’re willing to register with them. But these words are pretty clear.

The real question is, what does it mean?

Mr. Murdoch said “stream the Super Bowl.” It’s not clear at this point if you will need a 4K streaming box to do it. It’s not clear which apps or which services will give you the capability. You would think that it would be the Fox Sports app, which is free on most streaming hardware. But we don’t know.

More frustratingly, we don’t know, as I write this in mid-December 2019, if the Super Bowl will be in 4K on DIRECTV. If it is, that’s guaranteed to be a better option for customers than streaming. 4K takes a lot of bandwidth and since the Super Bowl is the most-watched program of the year, things are bound to get clogged up. With DIRECTV it doesn’t matter how many millions of people are watching. Everyone gets a great experience with no buffering.

Hopefully there will be some clarification soon on this point, because this is something we’ve all been waiting for. My article asking if the 2019 Super Bowl would be in 4K was one of the most read news article of the year. Obviously there’s some demand there.

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Will DISH users get the Super Bowl in 4K?

Right now we don’t know. Of the major pay-TV providers, only Comcast, DISH and DIRECTV have strong 4K capabilities, with DIRECTV coming out on top due to its three live 4K channels. We have seen 4K football from all these providers this season so hopefully if it’s available to one it will be available to all.

Because… this is the wrong time to stream

Streaming has come a long way in a short time. Today it’s so common to stream full-quality HD that we don’t even think about it. Believe it or not most of us couldn’t do that just five years ago. But, streaming isn’t perfect. It relies on individual connections between each box and the server farms that provide the programs, and that means things can get clogged really fast. If you still have even the slightest problem watching Netflix in the evening, you will probably have some sort of snarl trying to stream the Super Bowl in 4K while your neighbors are trying to do the same.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.