DAZN announces an important novelty

DAZN continues to refine and strengthen the technical platform for streaming Serie A matches and officially announces an important novelty for all users with a compatible TV and a good connection

After reinforcing its infrastructure to minimize the risk of technical problems, which have been numerous in the start-up phase of the service, now DAZN announces an important technical novelty: it will very shortly increase the resolution of the video stream transmitted during the Serie A matches.

The news of a possible switch to HD had been circulating for several days, but the official announcement was missing. Which has now arrived, through a very quick hint during an interview released by the CEO of DAZN Italy Veronica Diquattro to the Turin newspaper La Stampa. Velocissimo ma, allo stesso tempo, importantissimo per gli utenti che, fino ad oggi, si sono dovuti accontentare della risoluzione 720p, cioè HD-Ready. Una qualità che può andar bene sugli smartphone e sui tablet, ma che sulle moderne Smart TV di grande diagonale sta un bel po’ stretta. Grazie agli investimenti sull’infrastruttura, però, ora DAZN è quasi pronta per passare al Full HD.

DAZN in Full HD: quando

La data è quella del 20 novembre 2021: la tredicesima giornata del campionato di Serie A sarà trasmessa da DAZN in HD 1080p. In quella data DAZN trasmetterà solo 3 partite, ai seguenti orari:

  • 20/11 ore 15:00 – Atalanta-Spezia
  • 20/11 ore 18:00 – Lazio-Juventus
  • 20/11 ore 20:45 – Fiorentina-Milan

DAZN in HD: chi potrà vederlo e chi no

Come è logico, il flusso video in Full HD sarà più “pesante" di quello in HD-Ready, ma non quanto ci si potrebbe aspettare e questa è una buona notizia per gli utenti. The current DAZN data stream at 720p, in fact, has a bitrate of about 6.5 Mbit per second while the future stream in HD 1080p should stop at 8 Mbit per second, thanks to Mpeg-4 compression.

This means, at the same time, that to see DAZN in Full HD will require two technical prerequisites: a connection capable of offering a real speed of 8 Mbps and a Full HD Smart TV capable of decoding Mpeg-4 video streams. Both prerequisites should not be a limitation for almost anyone.

A good ADSL connection is already enough, in fact, to have that download speed, but clearly with this kind of connection it is better to dedicate all the available data bandwidth only to DAZN, avoiding to use YouTube, Netflix or other streaming apps on other devices at the same time. With fiber, on the other hand, the problem shouldn't even arise.

As for Full HD and Mpeg-4 compatible TV, instead, let's remember that all TVs sold after December 2018 are already Mpeg-4 compatible, because this technical feature was a requirement imposed by Italian law in view of the switch off to second-generation digital terrestrial (which really only started on October 20).

However, it is good to point out that not all recent TVs are Full HD, because the (too generic) requirement was that the TV be "HD" and, consequently, many HD-Ready Mpeg-4 TVs have been sold in recent years. We're talking, however, mostly about TVs with not very high diagonal: most Smart TVs from 40 inches and up are at least Full HD, often even 4K.