ZapperBox Staff - Jan 31 2023
Can I Use My ZapperBox to Watch the Super Bowl in 4K?
It’s less than two weeks to the big show and the trending question on Google is “How can I watch the Super Bowl in 4K?” We’ve started getting this question from our website too.
The quick answer is "YES!" You will be able to use your ZapperBox to watch the Super Bowl in 4K with Dolby Atmos audio. If you have a ZapperBox, get the original 1080p+HDR signal for free, over the air, let your ZapperBox upscale it to 4K at no cost while you break out the beer and fire up the grill.
According to Consumer Reports:
“Fox last broadcast the Super Bowl in 2020. Just like it did then, the network will capture the action in regular 1080p high-definition with HDR, then upscale it to 4K for broadcast. That’s what the network has also done throughout the NFL postseason, making this the first year that every NFL playoff game, as well as the Super Bowl, is being broadcast in 4K by one network. The technology is returning to the Super Bowl after a two-year hiatus, when CBS and NBC broadcast the game.
To watch the Super Bowl in its full glory, you’ll need to subscribe to a paid TV service or have a streaming player that supports 4K HDR. (Of course, you’ll also need a 4K HDR TV.) According to Fox Sports, the game will be aired live on Fox, the Fox Sports website, and via the Fox Sports app. The game will be available in 4K HDR through TV service providers including Altice Optimum, Comcast Xfinity, Cox Contour TV, DirecTV (satellite), Dish Network, FuboTV, Verizon FiOS and YouTube TV. While other services including DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV, and Sling will carry the game, you won’t be able to watch it in 4K HDR.”
The above is a bit unclear about whether FREE over-the-air broadcasts will be carried in 4K. However, that’s where the ZapperBox, with its incredible 4K upscaling technology, comes in. Notice that Fox is producing the Super Bowl in 1080p+HDR, upscaling it to 4K, and then handing it off to PAID TV services. These paid TV services are free to reduce the 4K bitrate before bringing the action to your 4K TV. You will never have this issue with ZapperBox, we will always get the original broadcast signal upscaled to 4K and you will never have to pay for service.