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How to watch the Premier League in 4K

How to watch the Premier League in 4K

Premier League fans that also love 4K resolution are in luck.

For the most part, sports fans care deeply about picture quality when watching their favorite team at home. Somehow, matches seem to be better with a better TV.

Here in the U.S., NBC Sports currently has the rights to broadcast the Premier League up until 2028. Normally, the U.S. broadcasting company airs matches on USA Network, NBC, and Peacock Premium. However, it also now broadcasts select Premier League matches on its 4K sports channel. NBC Sports 4K usually broadcasts two of these matches each week, with two of the biggest games selected. Having said that, if there are no big games on during the weekend, no 4K broadcast is available.

Watch the Premier League in 4K

While it is great news that fans can watch these matches in 4K, only fuboTV, DirecTV, and YouTubeTV currently have access to these games at the moment. fuboTV is an exceptional option for soccer fans that also watch entertainment and news programs as well. With plans starting at $69.99 per month and offering more than 100 total channels, including the aforementioned 4K option, it is hard to argue with its value. This is especially true considering the wealth of games available each day and night on the platform.

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Subscribers to fuboTV, as well as DirecTV or YouTubeTV, use a specific NBC Sports 4K channel to watch these Premier League matches every week. Obviously, users will need to own a 4K compatible television to have access to this channel. Otherwise, subscribers will see an error message explaining that their device is not suited for the 4K-specific channel.

Differences with 4K

There are several differences between watching the Premier League on say USA Network or NBC versus the 4K channel. Of course, there is an obvious picture quality upgrade. Another difference is the commentators. The 4K broadcast uses the world feed for Premier League games. This means that the games will mostly feature different commentators, rather than usual NBC personalities Arlo White, Lee Dixon, and Graeme Le Saux.

Also, this means that the channel broadcasts the Premier League Productions feed for pre-game, halftime and post-match content. This tends to feature presenter Steve Bower along with analysts Michael Owen and Glenn Hoddle. The 4K broadcast does not include the NBC Sports studio team of Rebecca Lowe, Tim Howard, Robbie Earle, and Robbie Mustoe.

Along with the different commentators and analysts, NBC Sports 4K is available without commercials.

Speaking of the picture quality, 4K is considered ‘ultra HD’ and features four times the total pixels as regular 1080p HD. Not only do more pixels mean a more crisp screen, but these extra pixels also give viewers an advantage when it comes to colors as well. Brighter colors and deeper shadows make for a much better quality television.

The best way to find out which games are in 4K each week is in the EPL commentator schedule. Every Friday at Noon ET, World Soccer Talk publishes the list of commentators. Plus recently, the column mentions the games that are in 4K for each weekend.

If you’re wondering, fuboTV also streams select games in 4K via FOX and FS1. So, the expectation is that many of the FIFA World Cup games will be available in 4K via fuboTV, YouTube TV and DirecTV, also. Specific to fuboTV, the streaming service offers other 4K channels too. Just look for the 4K symbol on the channel logo when browsing the Guide or Sports screen.

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  1. trip

    April 29, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    YouTubeTV has a $20/month add on for 4k and I can’t believe my tv watching enjoying for sports or entertainment is really worth $20/month for 4k.

  2. David

    April 25, 2022 at 11:46 am

    Chris, Great to see that you’re now acknowledging and giving details of the 4K feed on DirecTV, sporadic and occasional as it is. Quite why so few games are broadcast in 4K in the USA I don’t know; when in London (as now), I can watch virtually every game in UHD/4K, even lower leagues matches. Do you know the reason why it isn’t more universal in the States?

    • Chuckster

      August 25, 2022 at 9:12 pm

      Interesting. Seems Europe has always been beating us out on TV resolution from back in the old days when SECAM outmuscled our NTSC with almost double the lines to now when we get half of our program in 720p vs 2160p over there. Guess we’ve been leading from behind just like in Barry’s day.

  3. Efrain

    April 16, 2022 at 8:31 am

    Still frustrating that Comcast (who owns NBC) isn’t offering the 4K content. Makes no sense. They did it last season and this season something changed.

  4. Tayo

    April 15, 2022 at 9:40 am

    I am surprised you did not mention the fact that we don’t have to deal with the ugly NBC Sports score board. It is 2022, and NBC sports keep reminding us we are watching the premier league. They keep putting the ugly scoreboard there and making it huge because they want to give us in-game ads. @Chris, Premier League is the only sport that NBC has this kind of in-game graphics, surely you can talk to someone about making it better… Are we asking for too much? Look at the Premier League world feed, little scoreboard that does not distract you from the game.

    • Common Sense

      April 16, 2022 at 2:12 pm

      Simple question….how else do expect NBC to make money with advertising during the matches? They are paying BILLIONS for this property. They need to try to recoup a bit of their investment. Is that really so hard to understand?

      • Tayo

        April 17, 2022 at 8:44 am

        It is not hard to understand. Nobody is saying they can’t have in game ads. Also are we watching for free? Do you know how much we pay to access USA and Peacock? Yes you can have in game ads but you don’t have to make the in-game graphics so ugly and ridiculously big. You do not have to have the word ‘Premier League’ on there… Also don’t they advertise at pre-game, half time, postgame? Stop making excuses for them… Other leagues on beIN, ESPN+ etc also advertise don’t they? These other channels use the default in-game graphics provided with the international feed

  5. Gareth Roberts

    April 15, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Does this include Directv Stream or only satellite?

    • Christopher Harris

      April 15, 2022 at 9:06 am

      Satellite only, we believe.

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