With the growing trend of broadcasts in 4K Ultra High-Definition, college football will also be broadcasted soon in 4K following the Olympics and the Masters. NBC and DirecTV are coming up together to provide 4K option for Notre Dame home games of NBC broadcasts, including the game between 12th-ranked Michigan State Spartans and the 18th-ranked Irish.
NBC said in a press release that, “Saturday night’s matchup will mark the 78th meeting between the Fighting Irish and the Spartans, with the rivalry dating back to 1897. The two teams last met in 2013, when Notre Dame defeated Michigan State 17–13 at Notre Dame Stadium. The Fighting Irish hold a 48-28-1 all-time lead in the series.”
They further added, “Mike Tirico calls Saturday’s game alongside 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner and analyst Doug Flutie and sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen. Liam McHugh will host halftime coverage on NBC, on-site at Notre Dame Stadium. McHugh will be joined by 11-year NFL veteran and former University of Michigan LB Dhani Jones McHugh and Jones will also manage postgame coverage on NBCSN.”
“In addition to NBC’s traditional high definition broadcast of all Notre Dame Football home games, NBC and DirecTV will offer viewers 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) coverage of every Fighting Irish Football home game during the 2016 season. 4K UHD coverage of Notre Dame Football on NBC will be delivered live, as a companion presentation to NBC’s high definition broadcast, and will feature the same on air commentators, camera angles and graphics. 4K UHD coverage of Notre Dame Football will be a first for NBC and will be distributed to DirecTV.”
It is to be noted that DirecTV channel no. 106 will have the 4K option. DirecTV’s Vice President for space and communications, Phil Goswitz had said earlier that, “Forty percent of people are going to have UHD TVs coming out of Christmas and they are going to be looking for something to watch. Our goal is to have them tuned to DirecTV and have as much linear live content, especially sports content, as soon as possible.”
Strategy Analytics forecasted that by the end of 2016, 12.5 percent of North American homes would have UHD TV. They also said that it would rise to 50% by 2020. This indicates that the trend is going to grow anyway, and with such initiatives, DirecTV is sure to lure more customers.