Originally Posted by CCsoftball7
While I'm positive not every NFL game will be in 4K, I would venture to say NBC will have NFL in 4K. That's pure speculation, but since ND football is in 4K, Soccer is in 4K, it only makes sense NFL SNF will follow suit soon.
***Disclaimer, I know NBC games are not a part of Sunday Ticket***
Don't know how you'd watch it. AFAIK
, only one NBC affiliate is broadcasting in ATSC 3.0. Unlike Notre Dame, the NFL doesn't permit cable simulcasts of broadcast games (not to be confused with broadcast simulcasts of cable games). Ask any Sunday Ticket subscriber. Can't watch a game on NFLST that's being locally broadcast. You HAVE to watch the local affiliate's broadcast. The league protects local broadcasters' exclusivity for games originating on broadcast TV. (TNF and MNF, as noted, are different)
For DirecTV or Comcast or anyone to carry a live 4k feed of the game, they'd need the local NBC affiliate's permission. Don't know many that'd give that up for the number one NBC program they carry and their priciest advertising inventory. So, that leaves you with O&O markets only.
Then there's the issue of who gets the 4k feed. From what I can see, Comcast really isn't ready for it. And you KNOW they're not going to let a competitor such as DirecTV siphon off customers in markets that aren't 4k-capable.
If that's not enough, who's the official wireless carrier of the NFL.. the one Carrie Underwood points to, every week?
Who owns DirecTV? That's another issue.
So, why do we get 4k ND FB, Soccer and Olympics?
Notre Dame football is sponsored by AT&T. AT&T even has degree programs with the school.
Premiere League Soccer is sponsored by AT&T.
The biggest sponsor of the Olympics on Comcast/NBC is ...AT&T. Starting to see how those properties ended up in 4k on DirecTV? You'll also note that, for the Olympics, the 4k stuff is delayed so as not to anger the affiliates.
The fastest path to live 4k NFL, other than streaming, is if ESPN or the NFL fronts a 4k linear channel. And they're not gonna do that until all of their cable and DSS customers can carry it.
Until then, better hope a lot of affiliates switch to ATSC 3.0 in the next year or so.
As always, I will cheer louder than all of you if SNF in 4k is a reality, this fall. I'm hoping for it. Just noting the obstacles to it happening.