How to Watch Super Bowl LIV in 4K HDR
Fox is airing the big game in 4K HDR, or you can catch the high-def action on streaming services or the Fox Sports app
Good news for those of you with Ultra High Definition (4K) TVs: For the first time, the Super Bowl is being broadcast in 4K with HDR. That could make the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs look more vibrant and lifelike.
Fox, which is broadcasting Super Bowl LIV, is capturing the game in regular 1080p high-definition with HDR, then upscaling it to 4K for broadcast. In addition, the game will come through at 60 frames per second—that’s a relatively high frame rate, and Fox says it can reduce blurring during fast-moving action.
Fox’s 4K broadcast will start at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time with the pregame show and run through the entire game, including the halftime show featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
You Can Stream the Game on These Devices
The HDR situation should be much clearer for anyone planning to stream the game because the Fox Sports apps will be in HDR10.
Remember, for the devices covered below, you’ll need to install the Fox Sports app on your media streamer or TV and create a Fox Sports profile if you don’t already have one.
Also, streaming 4K HDR takes a decent amount of bandwidth, so you’ll need internet speeds of at least 25 megabits per second to maintain 4K picture quality. If you’re not sure what speed your connection is, check it at Speedtest. If your download speeds are above 25 Mbps, you should be good to go, provided lots of other people aren’t on your home network at the same time.
You’ll be able to get the game in 4K HDR with a Roku Ultra, Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+, or Roku Streaming Stick+. If you have a 4K Roku TV, from a brand such as Hisense or TCL, you’ll also be able to catch the game in 4K HDR.
Only the Amazon Fire TV 4K and the 4K Fire TV Cube will support the game in 4K and HDR. But those with Insignia and Toshiba 4K Fire TV Edition TVs should also be able to catch the game in all its 4K HDR glory.