Enjoy football in 4K UHD with BT Sport Ultra HD
BT Sport Ultra HD lets you watch top-flight football in super-sharp 4K resolution. Here’s how to get it…
18 Nov 2016
There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere of a live football game, or the feeling of being right there with the players as the action unfolds on the pitch.
Now you can experience the big game atmosphere from the comfort of your living room with a 4K UHD TV and BT Sport Ultra HD.
4K and football – the perfect match?
Picture quality is dramatically improved with a 4K UHD TV. They have 4 times the resolution of Full HD TVs, with 8 million tiny pixels making up the picture.
4K makes it possible for viewers to make out the sweat on a player’s face as they prepare to knock the ball into the back of the net, and to make out the fans in the crowd after the goal is scored.
So detailed is the picture that Sony has even put adverts on blades of grass and players’ boot studs, which can be seen on a 4K TV.
What can I watch on BT Sport Ultra HD?
You can enjoy top-flight football from England and Wales, as well as European club football and domestic cup games.
Over the past week, it showed two live games in 4K. Football aside, you can also see rugby and motorbike racing.
It was Europe’s first Ultra HD channel, and is seen as a major step forward in providing viewers with crystal-clear TV content on demand. And to help keep the pace on those fast-moving games, the channel screens live content at 50 frames per second for less motion blur.
Sound and vision
There’s no point having a crystal-clear 4K picture if the sound isn’t up to much. BT Sport has now given the audio on its football matches a serious boost with the addition of Dolby Atmos to its Ultra HD channels.
So as well as watching in 4K you can be listening in proper surround sound – how’s that for the big-game atmosphere in your living room? From the cheering of the crowds to the thwack of the ball.
Of course to get the best from Dolby Atmos, you need to upgrade your TV’s speakers with a soundbar or home cinema speakers.
Choose a Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar like the Samsung HW-K950 and you’ll feel as though you’re in the stadium at kick-off. It adds 2 additional rear speakers to create true Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound.
How can I get it?
First of all you need a compatible 4K UHD TV from Sony, Samsung, LG and other companies. Once you’ve got your TV, you’ll also need:
- BT’s YouView+ Ultra HD set-top box
- BT Infinity broadband – 4K streaming requires super-fast speed
- BT TV with the Total Entertainment package
We’re also highly likely to see more and more 4K-dedicated channels cropping up over the coming months as developers move to provide us with the very best viewing opportunities, so stay tuned for even more exciting content and new ways to watch.
What about watching football in HD on a 4K TV?
If you have a 4K UHD TV and plan on watching football on channels like Sky Sports HD you’ll still get a better picture.
That’s because even when content isn’t recorded or broadcast in 4K, 4K UHD TVs can upscale it to improve its quality. It works best with high-definition (HD) content, rather than standard definition (SD).
Your TV’s upscaling engine is responsible for improving non-4K pictures. So if this is important to you, look at the top-end TVs with more sophisticated upscaling.