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YouTube TV to stream Thursday NFL games in ultra high-def

YouTube TV will broadcast some weekly telecasts of National Football League (NFL) games in ultra-high definition (UHD/4K) on supported platforms, the streaming service confirmed in a social media post on Thursday.

The move comes less than a month after YouTube TV introduced a new add-on that allowed subscribers to stream the Tokyo Olympic Games in 4K.

Starting this fall, Thursday night telecasts of NFL games from Fox and the NFL Network will be available to stream in 4K on platforms that supports the service’s VP9 codec, including Chromecast with Google TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, Roku Streaming Stick Plus, Roku Ultra and 4K-capable Android TV streaming devices and TV sets.

In addition to the Thursday night NFL broadcasts, YouTube TV will offer more than a dozen NCAA football games in 4K along with a handful of Premiere League soccer matches, the service said.

YouTube TV costs $65 a month for access to more than 70 pay television channels, with the 4K Plus perk tacking on an extra $20 a month (currently discounted at $10 a month).

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