Dish is expanding the breadth of its UHD programming, thanks to a new agreement with Fox Sports.
Dish said it will simulcast some weekend college football games broadcast by Fox Sports channel FS1 in UHD on the dedicated 4K Dish channel 540 starting this Saturday and continuing for the duration of football season. Subscribers will need the Hopper 3 set-top box to tune in the high-res gridiron action.
“Dish has offered 4K-ready set-top boxes for three years, and 4K TV market share is anticipated to exceed one in four U.S. households by the end of 2017,” said Dish EVP and CTO Vivek Khemka in a prepared statement. “The missing element? 4K programming. That’s why it’s great to see forward-looking companies like Fox invest in 4K production, so together we can deliver live entertainment in crystal-clear resolution.”
Coming up next from the Fox UHD partnership will be college basketball, Major League Baseball, and NASCAR racing, Dish said.
UHD programming on channel 540 has already featured content from NBCUniversal, Netflix, The Orchard and Mance Media, as well as special events like mixed martial arts fighting, the Olympics, and Planet Earth II.