FOXTEL to broadcast AFL and NRL matches in 4K Ultra HD for the first time
Foxtel will continue its investment in 4K content this winter with the pay-tv broadcaster committing to provide coverage of this season’s winter sport codes in Ultra HD.
Select match-ups across NRL, AFL, Super Rugby, A-League Grand Final and Women’s Football will light up Australian living rooms in 4K Ultra HD.
Foxtel’s 4K Ultra HD sport expansion comes on the heels of a successful first broadcast of Supercars at Bathurst and a complete summer of cricket.
Foxtel will showcase more than 40 NRL games and more than 40 AFL matches in 4K Ultra HD.
4K NRL coverage kicks off on March 15 as the Knights go head-to-head against the Sharks; and then on March 22 with the Raiders taking on the Storm.
The first AFL in 4K will be on March 23 with Melbourne taking on Port Adelaide at the MCG; then with St. Kilda and the Gold Coast Suns battling it out at Marvel Stadium on March 24.
This season will mark the first time ever that these two massive sport codes will air in 4K Ultra HD in Australia. The upcoming 4K Ultra HD fixtures will be available on Foxtel’s dedicated 4K Ultra HD channel (channel 444) and will air live, with no ad breaks during play.
The Women’s Football: Cup of Nations will make its 4K Ultra HD debut on February 28 as Argentina takes to the field against Korea, and when our Matildas square off against New Zealand.
Additional 4K Ultra HD sport arrivals include select Wallabies games and the Hyundai A-League Grand Final.
The 2019 4K Ultra HD action got an early start on February 23 with Super Rugby when the Brumbies took on the Chiefs at GIO Stadium. The next Super Rugby match-up lands on March 2 with the Reds and the Crusaders at Suncorp, followed on March 9 when the Waratahs and the Reds battle it out at the SCG.
Patrick Delany, Foxtel CEO, said:
“Foxtel’s summer of cricket brought a revolutionary way to experience sport to Australian screens like never before and our subscribers loved it. But, the Foxtel in 4K Ultra HD revolution is just getting started.
“This year we’re taking another huge step forward and lighting up Australia’s favourite winter codes in 4K Ultra HD, putting fans in the centre of the action to witness incredible tries, nail-biting goals, and spectacular marks in 4K Ultra HD, and the only place you’ll be able to experience it is on Foxtel.”
Foxtel’s 4K Ultra HD channel comes as extra value for customers with a Foxtel Platinum HD or Foxtel Sports HD subscription and an iQ4.