It looks like DIRECTV NOW has started to roll out an upgrade to its live TV streaming service.
Since DIRECTV NOW launched, it had been streaming at mostly 720p with 30 fps. After launch it started rolling out 720p with 60 fps and even a few channels at 1080p with 30 fps. The new Olympic Channel on DIRECTV NOW seems to be the first with both 1080p and 60 fps.
Why is this important? The significant improvement here is the 60 fps on 1080p streams. This will allow for a smoother look for fast moving sports or action on the TV, giving the viewer a much better experience with sports across the board.
Other streaming services such as Sling TV already stream sports channels at 60 fps and non-sports channels at 30 fps. This helps save bandwidth and lowers data usage while still giving the highest level of image needed for the channel.
DIRECTV NOW recently announced that it doesn’t plan to stop with a 1080p and 60 fps. AT&T has announced plans to roll out 4K support on DIRECTV NOW. No date or channel lineup has been given for the 4K support roll out.
This is all a part of a big upgrade to DIRECTV NOW with its recent announcements of a DVR, new app, and 4K support. Beta testing is reported to start this summer with a public roll out this fall, but the 4K is reported to be coming later after the new app and the DVR is added.
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