The next best thing to being there: Sony UHD TV owners can stream UFC 200 in 4K

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UFC 200: Lesnar vs. Hunt is only days away, and while the best way to watch may be in person, owners of recent Sony Ultra HD TVs and certain DirecTV users are getting the next best thing.

On Thursday, NeuLion — a company specializing in delivering on-demand streaming video — announced that it would be streaming the UFC 200 pay-per-view event in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. Available to owners of 2015 and 2016 Sony smart TVs in the U.S. and Canada, the fight will stream via the UFC app, found in the Google Play store. Those using 4K DirecTV service and a compatible television will also be able to view the fight in 4K.

“Live sports, delivered in 4K, is the killer App. NeuLion is the leader in delivering live 4K streaming and we are excited to partner with them to integrate NeuLion’s 4K streaming technology on our Sony 4K HDR Ultra HD televisions to ensure the very best 4K experience for consumers,” Sony Electronics vice president of business development Nick Colsey said in a statement.

While 4K content is becoming slightly easier to find, streaming it is still a challenge, and streaming a live event at that resolution is even tougher. Things should go fairly smoothly though, as Sony has broadcast a live sporting event using NeuLion’s technology before. In March, Univision Deportes began streaming North American soccer games to Sony UHD TVs in New York, Florida, and California, and the steaming worked without issue.

NeuLion has had a history with the UFC for quite some time, but this is the first time the company will stream a fight in 4K. Sony is the first company to equip its TVs with NeuLion’s 4K streaming CE SDK, but if the event goes off without a hitch, more companies will likely hop on board.

While the main event of the night was planned to be Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones, this was called off after Jones failed a drug test. Now the main event will be Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt. UFC 200: Lesnar vs. Hunt kicks off this Saturday, July 9 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. For a full list of the night’s fights, see the UFC website.

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