This time last year I’d had a new Satellite dish installed, cables run from my roof and a new IQ4 set-top box setup in the Loungeroom and the Man Cave for what was set to be an epic weekend – The Bathurst 1000 in 4K.
Fortunately for me, I’m going to the race this year – if you’re not, and you’re like me with a 4K TV and 4K Foxtel Box – you’re not getting the 4K experience I’m sorry.
You could take this as a sign that 4K hasn’t lasted a year – that the very sporting event which Foxtel used to launch its 4K channel isn’t going to be broadcast in 4K just one year later? Not a good look!
But in fact, the reality is, it’s a sign of how scarce 4K resources are in the Broadcast world, and a sign of Fox Sports’ enormous sporting portfolio.
Just a quick look at the schedule and we’ve still got the Rugby World Cup on, which – while it’s been given it’s own channel in 4K is still using up camera and broadcast technology.
Likewise, the Cricket all kicks off in just over a week, so if any of that is going to be in 4K, there’s a chance it’s just too soon to get the gear back from Bathurst and ready to go.
Of course, I could be speculating in Foxtel’s defence here, and truth could be that it’s just all too hard and not that popular to broadcast Bathurst in 4K. I doubt that, Foxtel is the only broadcast platform capable of expanding it’s 4K coverage – strikes me this is just poor timing for everyone.
Particularly those rev heads who rushed out to have 4K Foxtel installed last year 🤔
Trev is a Technology Commentator, Dad, Speaker and Rev Head.
He produces and hosts two popular podcasts, EFTM and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He also appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the resident Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show each day and appears regularly on A Current Affair.
Father of three, he is often found down in his Man Cave.