Super Bowl LVIII to air in 4K HDR – here's how to watch it

The Philadelphia Eagles mascot dances on the stage during the NFL Super Bowl LVII Opening Night
(Image credit: Adam Bow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images / Sony)

Next month's Super Bowl LVIII will air in 4K HDR. For the first time, CBS Sports will broadcast the big game in the resolution, as well as in 1080p HD HDR, meaning sports fans have a few options for how to watch the Super Bowl in 4K.

Fox Sports broadcast last year's Super Bowl and the 54th contest in 2020 in 4K, but both were upconverted streams.

CBS says that the 1080p feed will be available on most platforms, while the 4K HDR one will be supplied to various MVPDs (Multichannel Video Programming Distributor) and vMVPDs (Virtual Multichannel Video Programming Distributor). It hasn't named these yet. But we do know that the CBS broadcast will be available via Paramount+, which is available on devices like mobiles, tablets, games consoles, Apple TV and Fire TV devices and smart TVs.

HDR stands for high dynamic range. It enhances the contrast of the image (the difference between the lightest and darkest parts) with more gradual steps in between. This creates a greater sense of depth, making it look more lifelike.

CBS is promising over 10 hours of Super Bowl coverage. Its pregame, halftime (including Usher's performance at the halftime show) and postgame coverage will also be available in 4K HDR and 1080p HDR. So if you've always wanted to see the singer leave his sneakers on stage in stunningly high resolution, now's your chance.

For the first time, the match will air alongside a kid-friendly broadcast on Nickelodeon.

Super Bowl LVIII takes place on Sunday 11th February at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The game kicks off at 6.30pm ET / 11.30pm GMT (10.30am AEDT on Monday 12th February). We don't know which two teams will compete yet – that'll be decided by the playoffs. Whoever it is, they'd better look their best.


HDR cheat sheet: get up to speed on HDR10+HLG and Dolby Vision

HDR10 vs Dolby Vision: which is better?

Heard of IMAX Enhanced? Here's everything you need to know

Joe Svetlik

Joe has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Stuff, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Men's Health, GQ, The Mirror, Trusted Reviews, TechRadar and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include all things mobile, headphones and speakers that he can't justifying spending money on.