College Football National Championship Game Will Stream in 4K on YouTube TV, But There’s a Catch




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YouTube TV will stream the Michigan versus Washington college football championship game next week in 4K, although it may not be the feed you’ll want to entirely rely on.

The streamer posted a listing on its platform showing the game will stream in 4K through Skycam 4K. This is a single-camera system run by a computer suspended over the field, giving fans a bird’s eye view of the game, according to TV Answer Man. Regular footage of the game will also be shot in high-definition through multiple cameras by broadcaster ESPN, who has not confirmed that the championship match will also be filmed in 4K.

ESPN has shot the championship game in 4K during its MegaCast broadcast over the past several years, which offers different angles and perspectives throughout coverage. While many fans are upset over the lack of 4K available for games, especially the biggest college football event of the season, the use of Skycam isn’t a great alternative. The camera can only focus on a limited view of the game, although it can provide a closer look at the field. Still, fans want more games offered in 4K, and some have turned to Reddit to post they’ve lost interest in keeping their YouTube TV subscription because of it and insist ESPN capture all games in 4K.

YouTube TV was not immediately available to confirm or comment.

The game kicks off on January 8 as the Michigan Wolverines and the Washington Huskies face off in the national college football championship. The teams won their semifinals on January 1, with Michigan eliminating the Alabama Crimson Tides in the Rose Bowl and Washington defeating the Texas Longhorns in the Sugar Bowl.

Both teams were undefeated during the regular season. If Michigan prevails, this will be the team’s first Championship win since 1997. Washington last won the national championship in 1991 – by beating Michigan in the Rose Bowl. The championship game marks the 10th matchup between the two teams and the end of the four-team College Football Playoffs before next year’s expansion into a 12-team tournament.

The national championship game will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Monday, January 8, at 7:30 p.m. ET. It will broadcast on ESPN and available to stream on Sling TV, Fubo, DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu + Live, and YouTube TV.

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