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Dish Airing College Football in 4K

21 Sep, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Dish Network Sept. 21 announced it will broadcast select college football games from Fox Sports’ FS1 in 4K, beginning with the "Oklahoma-Baylor" game Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Games will be simulcast in the next-generation format on Dish channel 540 for Hopper 3 set-top box customers.

While sales of 4K UHD compatible televisions proliferate — 25% of U.S. households in 2017 — 4K broadcast content remains scant.

“That’s why it’s great to see forward-looking companies like Fox invest in 4K production, so together we can deliver live entertainment in crystal-clear resolution,” Vivek Khemka, EVP and CTO at Dish, said in a statement.

This move is part of a broader agreement that includes future 4K coverage of college basketball games, Major League Baseball and NASCAR racing.

Dish offers a slate of 4K programming from NBC Universal, Netflix, The Orchard and Mance Media. The satellite operator has also delivered special 4K broadcasts throughout the past year, including a live PPV broadcast of the Sonnen vs. Silva mixed martial arts fight, Planet Earth II and NBC’s coverage of the Rio Olympics.

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