Fox this week will stream games from the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big East college basketball tournaments in 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range). The games can be watched in 4K HDR on the Fox Sports app by using your TV Everywhere user name and password from your pay TV provider.
The Big East coverage in 4K will begin March 9 with first round games at 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET. On March 10, Fox will stream four quarterfinals games in 4K at noon, 2:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET. On March 11, the network will stream the semifinals in 4K at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET. And on March 12, Fox will offer the Big East final in 4K at 6:30 p.m. ET.
The Big Ten coverage in 4K will begin March 9 with two first round games at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET. On March 10, Fox will stream four second round games in 4K at times to be announced later. On March 11, the network will provide four quarterfinals games in 4K at times to be announced later. Fox will not stream the Big Ten semifinals or final in 4K. CBS has the TV rights to those games.
Fox’s 4K coverage of the Pac-12 tournament will begin Thursday, March 10 with a quarterfinal game at 11:30 p.m. ET. The next day, Fox will show a semifinal game in 4K at 11:30 p.m. ET and the tournament final in the format on Saturday, March 12 at 9 p.m. ET.
The pay TV services that are expected to carry the tournament games on special 4K channels are DIRECTV, Dish, Comcast, Verizon, Optimum, YouTube TV, and FuboTV. (In markets where the Fox affiliate is provided with your programming package.) Check your on-screen guide for more details.
Fox will simulcast the 4K games in HD on FS1, Fox and the Big Ten Network.
Note: Fox’s 4K broadcasts are upscaled from 1080p HDR. Upscaling is the process when one video format is converted to another. Fox takes the 1080p HDR signal and converts it to a 4K format. Upscaling 4K is not considered as good as native 4K, but the inclusion of HDR can offer heightened colors and vividness.
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