Super Bowl LIV 2020 in 4K

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  1. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

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    I've never bothered trying to watch the Super Bowl in 4K before. I assume this is not the first year that it will be available.

    What's the experience been like?

    I read the following articles that discuss the options. I was disappointed to learn that Fox will be "capturing the game in regular 1080p high-definition with HDR, then upscaling it to 4K for broadcast."

    Also, as of now if I had other options I would not use Roku as my first option.

    How to Watch Super Bowl LIV in 4K HDR

    Here’s what you need to watch the Super Bowl in 4K HDR

    Please discuss all aspects of this.
     
  2. realityboy

    realityboy Well-Known Member

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    Roku removed/is removing the FOX apps so I don’t think that will be an option.
     
  3. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    It's the first year I can recall anyone talking about it. This article says it's the first. (And this article calls it "fake 4K".)

    Fios will be carrying it on channel 1498 (TiVo-compatible!). Or so we're told...

    BTW, one of my oldest HD recordings is the half-time show from 2003, which was the last time they did it as a separate production from the SD version. (I haven't heard anything like that about the 4K show.)
     
  4. waynomo

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    I agree with the "fake" description.

    I wonder if it's an equipment issue. I know they use over 100 for the super bowl.

    ETA: I see now that the answer to my question was discussed in one of the articles that wmcbrine supplied links to.
     
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    morac

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    All the cameras are 1080p, not 4K, so the video is being upscaled to 4K. Considering Fox’s broadcast network is 720p though, it should look better and that’s before considering the added HDR.
     
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    swyman18

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    Looks like Fox and Roku came to an agreement.
     
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    Howie

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    The Thursday night Fox 4k games looked great on my TV, much much better than HD, so their upscaling must be "deep fake." I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's game just for the 4k, even though I really don't care who wins.
     
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    zyzzx

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    I'm most concerned about the potentially lengthy delay compared to the standard broadcast option.

    The last time I watched an NFL game in 4K, the Roku stream was about 90 seconds behind the FiOS broadcast.

    So trying to flow along using social media apps like Twitter could become a place for spoilers with a delay more than a few seconds.
     
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    TonyD79

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    The fios broadcast on 1498 has been available on TiVo for other events and has had no delay from HD broadcast.
     
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  10. DVR_Dave

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    Unfortunately for me, I don't have a FiOS TV package with non-network sports channels (e.g., Fox Sports), so I don't have access to the 4K channel. I only have access to the Fox network broadcast.
     
  11. TonyD79

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    The super bowl is fox network. I’d assume they are going to provide the 4K to everyone per their ads. I am pretty sure the NFL games on Thursday nights were open as were the women’s World Cup and NASCAR.
     
  12. HarleyRandom

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    I received a message on my Roamio stating you can do the same thing as when you skip the commercials during most shows, but in reverse. When the game is over, you can skip the game itself. I plan to record manually each hour and skip over everything that isn't commercials. My team isn't in it so I have no interest in the game itself and more than likely the halftime show would have no appeal for me anyway.
     
  13. DVR_Dave

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    You would think, but those games weren't available to me in the past. But maybe things will be different tomorrow.

    It's possible that my CableCARD is not paired correctly for those broadcasts.
     
  14. TonyD79

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    Sounds like it because fios customers reported access on fios boxes.
     
  15. TonyD79

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    Why manually? Not sure it will work right for the skip if you do that and it won’t get skip until it is all over anyway.
     
  16. madscientist

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    Oddly enough, this superbowl is one I'm really looking forward to. My team isn't in it and when they are I get very stressed out (which is dumb because I'm no sports fanatic). And in other years when my team is not there, often there are teams I actively don't like in it and don't want to win.

    This year I'd really be happy for either team to win so I'm totally relaxed and looking forward to just watching to see some good football. I just hope it's a fun game: it should be based on what I know of the teams.
     
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  17. DVR_Dave

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    I turned to 1498 and it now has the notice "Your FiOS TV is working but the content provider is not currently sending programming to this channel." IIRC, I've gotten "This channel is not authorized" previously on 1498. I'll see what tomorrow brings.
     
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  18. FilmCritic3000

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    I’ve read several sites state that FOX is allowing free viewing of the Super Bowl on their FOX Now and FOX Sports apps, with no cable subscription login certification required.

    Is this true?
     
  19. morac

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    From what I read on the foxsports.com web site, that is true, though you need to be logged into a Fox Sports profile first.
     

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