TV Answer Man, can you let us know about more 4K college basketball games on Fox? My Dad and I love these games on our new TV! The colors are amazing in our living room and you can see stuff we don’t see all the time. — Jason, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Jason, Fox tonight will offer a 4K stream of the Providence-Xavier college basketball game at 6:30 p.m. ET. The 16th ranked Xavier Musketeers (17-5) is a 68.4 percent favorite to beat the 17th ranked Providence Friers (17-5), according to ESPN’s Matchup Predictor. Oddsmakers say Xavier is a 3.5 point favorite.
The 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) stream can be watched on the Fox Now or Fox Sports apps by using your TV Everywhere user name and password from your pay TV provider. (The game will be simulcast in high-def on FS1. Consult your on-screen guide for more information.)
The pay TV services that are expected to also carry the game on special 4K channels are DIRECTV, Dish, Comcast, Verizon, Optimum, YouTube TV, and FuboTV. (In FuboTV markets where the Fox affiliate is provided with your programming package.) Check your on-screen guide for more details. (FS1 will simulcast the game in high-def.)
Note: Fox produces most of its sporting events, including NFL games and college games, in 1080p and ‘upscales’ it to a 4K broadcast as opposed to shooting the event in 4K and transmitting in the same format. Upscaling is the process when one video format is converted to another. In this case, Fox takes the 1080p signal and converts it to a 4K format.
Upscaling 4K is different than what’s called, native 4K, which means the original event was produced in 4K, and broadcast or streamed in 4K as well. This is how ESPN produces its 4K sportscasts.
While some videophiles prefer native 4K over upscaled 4K, Fox’s 4K broadcasts are done with HDR (High Dynamic Range) which can provide a more vivid picture, particularly more intense colors. If it’s done right, the picture can be more dynamic and evocative.
Jason, hope that helps. Happy viewing and stay safe!
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