One of the grandest sensations of the year is the collective event that is the Super Bowl. It’s not just a football game, but a time for America, as well as several other nations around the world, to tune in and get an up-to-date snapshot of our culture.
This year’s Super Bowl will be the first ever to host some major technological advancements that will change the sports viewing experience for good. Here’s the top tech that will make an appearance at this year’s NFL championship game.
4K UHD Paired with HDR
Fox is going big this year by implementing a 4K, HDR telecast for the first time NFL history. The combined power of the two technologies is meant to provide viewers with the most realistic live presentation of the game ever shown.
The event will also be available for online streaming as opposed to cable or satellite via the Fox Now app, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV.
Technically though, Fox’s coverage won’t actually be in true native 4K. Fox Sports will instead use native 1080p in 60 fps and upconvert it to a resolution of 2160p with HDR in the form of HLG, otherwise known as Hybrid Log-Gamma.
Their choice to do this comes from the claim that 60 fps in native 4K results in blurred motion of figures on the screen. As explained by Kevin Callahan, Fox Sports VP of field operations & engineering, this is the result of having a very high refresh rate along with such a high density that the resulting picture is difficult to process.
2160p will still provide a stunning visual experience for those with compatible devices—if they have a fasted enough internet or cable connection that is. Which bring us to our next new tech…
Verizon spent approximately $80 million to equip various parts of the city of Miami with 5G data capabilities—including coverage for the Hard Rock Stadium where the Super Bowl will be hosted. 15 other NFL stadiums around the country are also currently able to support the new wireless connectivity. With the speed of 5G, patrons will be able to stream their own 4K streams to friends and family through social media.
Currently, few devices actually support 5G connectivity. Samsung and LG’s latest models support it, but most notably, the iPhone 11 does not. This year’s Super Bowl will be state of the art even though most people will not quite be ready for it. But for those who do happen to have a 5G compatible device, blazing speeds can be expected.
Super Bowl LIV will be a spectacle on its own, but the technology powering our viewing experience will stand out as a landmark that only adds to the excitement. Thanks to an ultra-high resolution, HDR broadcast and 5G connectivity, the 2020 NFL championship matchup will certainly be one for the books.