Amid a lot of drama surrounding its flagship fighting event this weekend, UFC has a little bit of technology news to get out. Sure, former light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been pulled from UFC 200 after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, but there’s a silver lining to the athlete's fall from grace: If Jones has the right setup at home, he’ll be able to watch the event from the comfort of his own couch in stunning 4K resolution.
For the first time, UFC is joining the likes of Major League Baseball and the National Masters golf tour by broadcasting this weekend’s event in what is quickly becoming a new gold standard of picture quality. DIRECTV customers equipped to receive this broadcast can enjoy watching fists and feet fly in an image that’s 4,000 pixels wide by 2,000 pixels tall. For comparison’s sake, your high-definition television can handle 1,920 by 1,080 pixels; 4K resolution blows high-def out of the water.
In order to see Anderson Silva step in to replace the outed Jones in 4K, you’ll need to be a DIRECTV customer subscribed to an Ultimate or Premier plan. These cost $40 per month and $90 per month, respectively. You’ll also need specialized hardware; AT&T’s $300 DirecTV Genie HD DVR HR54 box will do the trick, along with a TV that can handle all those sweet, sweet pixels. Such TVs are made by LG, Samsung, and Sony, and will have a special designation as “DirectTV 4K Ready.”
Other 4K televisions will also work, but they must be HDMI 2.0-compatible and offer HDCP 2.2 copy protection. For these televisions, you need a $99 box called the 4K Genie Mini.