Posted Fri Oct 11, 2019 at 08:10 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
The network is making the jump to 4K and immersive audio.
ESPN has announced plans to broadcast select regular season college football games in live 4K with Dolby Atmos audio as part of a collaboration with Samsung. The "Samsung QLED 4K Game of the Week" telecast will kick off with the October 12 match between the University of Florida and Louisiana State University at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN via DirecTV (channel 107.9at) and Comcast.
"After months of planning and technical testing, we are excited sports fans can watch 4K UHD College Football games as part of the Samsung QLED 4K Game of the Week," said Jodi Markley, EVP, ESPN Content Operations and Creative Services. "As 4K technical resources and workflows become more readily available, we will continue to grow this standard across our operations. 4K images are stunning and we look forward to sharing them with fans."
Following the first 4K broadcast on October 12, there will be five more college football "Samsung QLED 4K Game of the Week" live telecasts throughout the season. In addition, ESPN plans to offer a 4K broadcast as part of its "Megacast" of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Janauary 13, 2020.
"This is why teaming up with ESPN for the Samsung QLED 4K Game of the Week is such a pivotal point for the TV industry," said Grace Dolan, Vice President, Marketing, Home Entertainment at Samsung Electronics America. "Being able to experience true, native 4K college football games live on ESPN for the first time ever is a game changer. With a variety of super large screen size options, stunning picture quality, dazzling colors and ultra wide viewing angles, Samsung QLED TVs allow fans to enjoy 4K college football action like they’re actually at the game with their friends from the comfort of their homes."
In order to watch the ESPN 4K broadcast, users will need an eligible DirecTV or Comcast subscription package and 4K compatible equipment.
Sources: Samsung, ESPN, Sports Video Group via Engadget
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