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September 17, 2019
Thursday Night Football in 4K coming to DirecTV
If you have a DirecTV 4K receiver, you're finally going to see something worthwhile televised in that format per Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.
DirecTV has announced that 11 Thursday Night Football games will be broadcast in the 4K format, beginning with the Week Four contest between the Eagles and Packers.
4K, or Ultra HD, refers to a TV resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. That's four times as many pixels than in a full HD TV, a total of about 8.3 million pixels.
Remember when you first saw HD? That same visual shock is what you'll get when you see 4K.
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).
The move comes at a time when DirecTV’s parent company, AT&T, and the NFL have had a strained relationship, with NFL Network removed from DirecTV NOW and AT&T Uverse — and with the league holding the ability to dump the final two years of the weekly Sunday Ticket package.
September 11, 2019
DirecTV may lose ESPN, Monday Night Football
AT&T TV NOW & DIRECTV might lose ESPN, Freeform, & The Disney Channel
If you have DirecTV, you are in the middle of a corporate battle, and you may not have Monday Night Football next month.
ESPN has begun warning viewers that its channels could soon exit AT&T platforms, including the DirecTV satellite service.
The crux of the stalemate: DirecTV wants to pay less, and ESPN wants to be paid more.
As noted by John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, the spots began during Week One of Monday Night Football, and they have continued.
“We have a responsibility to make our viewers aware of the potential loss of our programming,” ESPN told Ourand. AT&T had a predictably different view: “We’re disappointed to see The Walt Disney Co. put their viewers into the middle of negotiations.”
AT&T sent out this statement about the possible blackout: “We’re disappointed to see The Walt Disney Co. put their viewers into the middle of negotiations. We are on the side of consumer choice and value and want to keep Disney channels and owned-and-operated local ABC stations in eight cities in our customers’ lineups. We hope to avoid any interruption to the services some of our customers care about. Our goal is always to deliver the content our customers want at a value that also makes sense to them. We’ll continue to fight for that here and appreciate their patience while we work this matter out.”
The loss of ESPN channels during football season would piss-off thousands of sports fans who may find themselves listening to Monday Night Football on the radio. Prayers, indeed.
Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News
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