Foxtel is introducing a dedicated 4K channel to broadcast live sports, documentaries and more. The good news for cricket boffins is that the channel will be up and running in time for the Australia vs South Africa one day international on November 4 - Australia's first live 4K broadcast.
Foxtel's 4K channel will launch in October on channel 444 and - as a satellite channel - Foxtel is promising guaranteed delivery to all Australian homes. That's delivery to all Australian homes with either a Sports HD or Platinum HD Foxtel subscription and Foxtel's new IQ4 top-box.
The current offer for a Platinum HD subscription with IQ4 will set you back $99 per month for the first 12 months. The standalone sports package is $58 per month plus a $100 installation fee.
You'll need a 4K compatible TV to watch the channel too but that should go without saying.
"Today’s news is just the first step into a 4K future - this incredible experience will continue to expand as we bring even more sport and entertainment programming to life in guaranteed 4K, making the most of today’s ultra-modern 4K TVs. It’s TV like never before," said Patrick Delany, Foxtel CEO.
Initial offerings on the channel will be a mix of native 4K and upscaled shows including a mix of live sports, documentaries and concerts.
Cricket is currently front and centre of the new channel, as Foxtel secured the rights earlier this year in a billion dollar deal. Hope those documentaries are bangers because they could be on an endless loop when the cricket isn't on.