Since the first high-definition televisions came out in 1998, consumers have heard the same tired sales pitch: "It's like having a movie theater in your living room!" Actually, no. An HD image does have nearly the same resolution as one projected in a theater. But when viewed on a large screen in a tight living room, the image's quality degrades markedly. 4K, a resolution standard just beginning to reach consumer markets, promises to make possible the dream of any serious film fan—vast, perfectly crisp movies at home.
In case you didn't hear, the first-ever 3-D broadcast of an NFL game recently went down. Don't worry if you missed it, because your old buddy The Grouse was present to bring you this report from the front lines. Or, the line of scrimmage, as it were.
The NFL hopes to someday bring 3-D football to the pigskin loving public at large. This preview was a demo of what we might someday see play out in movie theaters across the country. That's right—the game was shown in the same type of movie theaters you'd watch one of those Disney 3-D movies in, which should be your first clue that this was definitely a different way of watching football.