DirecTV will televise 11 Thursday night games in 4K

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For those, like me, who rushed to get a DirecTV 4K receiver several years ago only to wonder when anything worth watching in 4K would be televised in that format, the answer has finally arrived.

DirecTV has announced that 11 Thursday Night Football games will be broadcast in the vastly superior format, beginning with the Week Four contest between the Eagles and Packers.

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.

36 responses to “DirecTV will televise 11 Thursday night games in 4K

  1. Just so u know. Just cuz u have a 4K direct tv receiver will be in 4K
    You will have to upgrade the whole thing. 4K TV 4K HDMI cables and the 4K direct tv receiver.

    U cant use a non 4K tv. Wont work

    Mine is all in 8K

  2. Just so u know. Just cuz u have a 4K direct tv receiver wont be in 4K.
    Cuz 4K will only works with a 4K tv and 4K HDMI CABLES
    You will have to upgrade the whole thing. 4K TV 4K HDMI cables and the 4K direct tv receiver.

    U cant use a non 4K tv. Wont work

    Mine is all in 8K

  3. Verizon Fios is doing this, too. They’ve been doing the women’s World Cup, and whatever the Saturday FS1 college game of choice is.

    If you stretch the guide out far enough on the 4k channel (1498), you see the Thursday Night NFL game on the 26th!

  4. Thanks to the guy clarifying I need a 4K TV to watch 4K TV. I had been wondering if it would work on my 13” sony trinitron

  5. Not being much of a tech guy, I’m wondering how 4K can be “vastly superior” to current high-definition broadcasts. Like…will I be able to identify individual fibers in Vontaze Burfict’s pants now?

  6. I think Thursday night games look better on small TVs on the far side of a bar where you can’t really see or hear it but can look at it from time to time during dips in your conversation.

  7. “Ever since AT&T took over Directv, they have the absolute worst customer service I’ve ever experienced.”

    Tell me about it. I get 771 signal loss error codes on bright and sunny days. After the season ends I’m dumping the service.

  8. I can totally see that call that should have been overturned upon further review in remarkable 4K quality.

  9. “Great. But will all of those great commercials that we have to endure be in 4K?”

    No, if it’s like the College games that they broadcast in 4K there are no commercials…just a camera shot of the stadium and crowd noise..kinda weird but I like it…Oh, and 4K is a noticeably better PQ…kinda like HD was at first…

  10. If you “rushed to get a DirecTV 4K receiver several years ago”, you should get your head examined.

    I cut the cord a dumped Direct TV this summer, after more than 15 years, and I’ll never be climbing on my roof to clear that satellite dish again.

    @wttoolman is spot on about how awful their customer service has become since AT&T infected Direct TV.

  11. “Not being much of a tech guy, I’m wondering how 4K can be “vastly superior” to current high-definition broadcasts.”

    It depends on the size of your TV and how far away you sit from it as well as your own vision. Past a certain distance the human eye can’t tell the difference. A smallish (under 50 inches) set in a large room, for example, probably won’t seem much different to most people, but a bigger set with the couch less than 10 feet will likely seem clearer in 4K.

  12. Despite many ramblings in here…

    DirecTV is no different than any other television providers.. they all get screwed by the networks,no matter who it is… DirecTV, Time Warner( or whatever the flavor name of that company is…its all the same)

    Millions and Millions of people lost CBS on carriers this past summer because CBS decided it wanted to raise the rates considerably to providers…

    They raised the prices on cable and satellite providers on a product THAT THEY GIVE AWAY FOR FREE with an antennae… so who exactly is the villain again ?

    Pretty soon it wont matter, it will all be ala cart…

    And WAIT till Disney pulls ESPN from EVERY provider… and makes everyone in America pay 29
    99 or so to get those channels as well as ABC..

    Its coming….

  13. I’m sure there will be people who think 4K is not a big upgrade.

    Let me tell you why it is. Resolution is not always that big of a deal but when it comes to football broadcasts, there are a bunch of problems that will be fixed by 4K.

    At the top of the list, bandwidth. Current broadcasts are so compressed that you get really crappy signals that look like they aren’t even 1080p HD quality. Providers are compressing the hell out of the video. If the providers are forced to provide 4K signals, they have to go above 10-15 megabits per second just to carry a 4K signal. That means even if you are watching on a HDTV, you will still get improved quality with the increased bandwidth of 4K.

    Another big plus if the 4K signal is HDR 10-bit eventually, you’ll see details in the bright overexposed areas and in the darkest shadows. How many times have you watched a game where the sun is on one side of the field, and everything is white? That’s a lack of dynamic range, a limitation of highly compressed HD signals. HDR will allow for a much wider range of brightness.

    The level of detail will be remarkably better than current broadcasts. Look at things like the grass, the crowd, hands, uniforms. It’s a win win for everyone. Hopefully all the games will be 4K soon. I think the NFL put it off for a long time because they don’t want to encourage people to stay at home.

  14. The sad truth is that the vast Majority of Americans are CLUELESS when it comes to 4K…

    They think that just because they bought a 4K TV…

    They get broadcast 4K… they do not. As far as I have seen… ONLY DirecTV offers broadcast 4K, so this announcement is fairly significant on that front.

    Most people are shocked to find that not only does carriers like Spectrum NOT offer 4k….THEY DONT EVEN OFFER 1080p !!! Its only 1080i…

    So unless they have a new XBOX or PS4 pro for 4K games…. those shiny new 4K TVs were a big waste of extra money

  15. sikoix says:
    September 17, 2019 at 1:50 pm
    Thanks to the guy clarifying I need a 4K TV to watch 4K TV. I had been wondering if it would work on my 13” sony trinitron
    ___________________________

    Nope it wont

    Alot of people think just cuz they have a 4k directv reciever that they can turn there non 4k into a 4K tv.

    Wont work. It will ruin the tv and will destroy the pixils.

    If direct tv told all u football fans that all u need a 4K receiver u listened to a bunch of idiots. I woulsnt listen to the geek squad from best buy either. Cuz neither one dont know nothing and every time I listen to either one.
    My IQ level goes down..

    Trust me a 4K direct receiver box will not work on a non 4K tv

    U will need a 4K receiver 4K HDMI cord and a 4K tv

  16. Meanwhile, Directv is shedding subscribers at an unheard of pace and there is now talk of Dish buying Direct v to consolidate two troubled entities.

    If you don’t live in backwoods WV, satellite TV is a rapidly dying industry.

  17. You only get NFLN on directv with the highest subscription level. In addition the Ticket cost is out of hand if you can watch your team locally. Cut the chord this year and have not missed a beat this far. I do miss being able to watch any game but I think that option is coming in a year or two

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