CBS Sports will broadcast Super Bowl LVIII in 1080p HDR and 4K HDR for the first time, the network confirmed after cable providers leaked information.
CBS Television Network and Paramount+ will air more than ten hours of CBS Sports Super Bowl LVIII coverage, including pregame, halftime show featuring Usher, and postgame coverage. The 1080p HDR feed will be available on most platforms, while 4K HDR will be on various Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs) like Optimum or DIRECTV and Virtual Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (vMVPDs) such as Sling TV or Hulu Live.
This marks the first CBS Super Bowl broadcast in 4K. The network has never aired pro or college football in 4K. However, on November 27, 2023, Optimum briefly listed the game would air in 4K on its program schedule, and DIRECTV followed with a statement saying the same thing. As it turns out, this wasn’t a scheduling typo but an unintentional leak of a big announcement for sports fans.
CBS, FOX, and NBC have an agreement with the NFL to each air three Super Bowls over the next 11 years, while ABC will host two. The Super Bowl heads back to CBS Sports in 2027 and 2031. While NBC and FOX already have expanded 4K live sports coverage on cable and streaming, CBS and ABC previously have not. However, CBS has caught up to the times and will air the game in all its 4K glory next month.
HDR offers a better display and shows more details in shadows and bright scenes. The Wide Color Gamut lets a TV present a more vivid range of colors. Mix them together, and viewers can see a brighter and more colorful game. CBS Sports can deliver more realistic football coverage for fans with a capable television by adding 1080p and 4K options.
Super Bowl LVIII kicks off on February 11, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. ET at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Complete coverage of the game will be broadcast on CBS, while Nickelodeon will host a slime-filled, kid-friendly version on its network, marking the first time in NFL history the Super Bowl is presented in two different formats.