Media Release: Thursday, October 4, 2018
The curtain goes up on Foxtel in 4K
· Sunday’s Bathurst 1000 Great Race leads the 4K charge
· 4K brings 4x the resolution of HD to Bathurst, live sport and more
· Foxtel’s Cricket in 4K on deck to arrive in November
Foxtel will mark another major milestone in Australian TV history this weekend when it brings live coverage of Sunday’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Great Race across the finish line in 4K ultra high definition. The launch gives fans used to seeing the race in HD 4x the reasons to be excited when the 4K footage hits their screens.
The highly anticipated arrival of Foxtel in 4K for this weekend’s race will see history made on two fronts with the launch of Australia’s first ever dedicated 4K channel and the first ever 4K broadcast of the iconic race at Mt. Panorama.
The 4K action kicks off on Foxtel’s newly launched 4K channel 444 on Sunday, October 7 with a replay of the Top Ten Shootout, followed by a live broadcast of Sunday’s main event, both in 4K and, for the first time ever, with no ad breaks during racing.
Patrick Delany, Foxtel CEO, said, “The engines are revving and wait is over – this weekend Foxtel in 4K will immerse racing fans in an incredible pit-side experience as the colour and spectacle of Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 roars to life and leaps into living rooms across Australia like you’ve never seen it before.
“This history making step in Australian broadcasting is just one of a host of new innovations that Foxtel is launching that set the gold standard for in-home entertainment, and even more are on the way with new announcements coming every month.”
Following the Great Race, Foxtel’s 4K channel will continue to bring subscribers a host of 4K content including The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon, documenting the classic rock band’s historic concert in Havana, Cuba; The Big Wave Project, Tim Bonython’s award-winning masterpiece on the art of big wave riding; the musical genius of Pharrell Williams: Live from Hyde Park, nature documentaries, Spy in the Wild, Planet Earth II, and Deadly Australians.
Over the next 12 months, Foxtel’s selection of unique 4K content will continue to grow, including the Australian 4K debut of live Cricket, which kicks off with the November 4, Australia v South Africa, as part of the Gillette One Day International (ODI) Series followed by every Australian men’s international ODIs and T20 matches plus every men’s Australian Test match on home soil along with a selection of BBL matches.
Foxtel’s new, dedicated, 4K live channel comes as extra value being part of a Foxtel Platinum HD or Foxtel Sports HD subscription for customers with an iQ4.
The arrival of Foxtel’s 4K channel offers an unprecedented way to enjoy live sport, documentaries, movies and more, delivered through the iQ4, Foxtel’s most advanced streaming set top box via Australia’s only guaranteed 4K satellite signal.
Foxtel customers can learn more at foxtel.com.au/4K.