These asking “can I watch Tremendous Bowl 2021 in 4K?” anticipate to be advised “sure,” and with good purpose. Final yr’s broadcast of the large sport was in 4K, so this yr’s ought to be too, proper? Plus, 4K TVs are extra in style than ever.
However for the reason that sport is beginning proper now, we will let you know to cease on the lookout for the Tremendous Bowl in 4K. No such luck this yr.
Regardless of all of the above logic, Tremendous Bowl stay streams will max out at 1080p (with out HDR) for this yr. And it is due to two causes: the community it is on and the occasions we stay in. Sure, soccer followers, you may (partially) blame CBS this yr.
So whereas Tremendous Bowl LIV (aka Tremendous Bowl 54) was streaming stay in 4K and HDR on FOX final yr, we’re not getting the identical remedy this yr as a result of CBS has this yr’s sport.
So, sure, apparently CBS does not have the identical experience that FOX does in the case of extremely high-def streams. Bizarre, proper?
You’d assume that the NFL itself would have some skill to bridge the hole or one thing, for the sake of constructing the most important sport of the yr seem like it is the most important sport of the yr. Alas, that is not the case.
And CBS could not study in time due to the identical purpose that all the things in sports activities and leisure is damaged this yr:
We’re not getting Tremendous Bowl in 4K due to COVID
CBS Sports activities Digital advised The Verge that “manufacturing limitations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic” are the first purpose it might’t learn to make a 4K Tremendous Bowl stay stream occur for Chiefs vs Buccaneers.
Sure, due to how COVID-19 laws have elevated how all of us work remotely this yr, broadcasting the large sport is extra difficult than ever. So, CBS Sports activities Digital needed to reprioritize.
CBS Sports activities Digital stated it is focusing as an alternative of constructing certain its streams are each dependable and low on latency. Because the reminiscences of the low high quality ESPN Plus streams from UFC 257 are recent in our heads, we’re not going to argue in opposition to CBS ensuring it will get the fundamentals proper. You do not need to fumble the Tremendous Bowl stream.