While I find it interesting how people are trying different combinations of sources and hardware to watch TNF, I'd like to point out for those who missed my previous post that TNF originates in the truck at the stadium at 1080p/60 (cameras, switcher, playback, graphics, slomo), and from that 1080p/60 feed they make 1080i, 720p, and an uprezzed UHD feed using AJA hardware. There is currently NO UHD acquisition of images on TNF. There will be at some point soon, but not now.
Whether you're watching their uprezzed UHD feed, or sourcing an HD feed and letting your UHD TV do the upscaling, the results image-wise are remarkably similar, the main difference being the various HDR formats various sources force the image into displaying, some legit, and some quite unattractive.
HDR on night games under controlled lighting conditions is not that big a deal. Where it's going to become very useful is on day games in bright sunlight, where half the stadium is in shadow. That's the very definition of High Dynamic Range, where there is 15 stops or more difference between the brightest and darkest part of the image, and HDR allows for controlling the bright part while showing a lot more detail in the darker part of the shots.
EDIT: There may be, on occasion, one or two UHD cameras that are used to 'zoom in' on critical ball spots where it's a question of "Did he make the first down?" or "Did he step out of bounds?" When those cameras are used, they electronically blow up one quarter of the frame to 1080 size to give a relatively clean "zoom in for a close look" effect. The actual UHD image from those one or two cameras never make it out of the truck - internal processing only. So my statement that there are no UHD cameras on TNF was not wholly accurate, but pretty much so since it never leaves the truck that way.
Last edited by DougDingle; 12-14-2019 at 02:42 PM.