TV Answer Man, I loved watching the Super Bowl in 4K. Great picture with so much pop! Do you know if Fox will have the Daytona 500 in 4K? They had some NASCAR races in 4K last year, right? — Joel, Concord,
Joel, you’re right. Fox last year aired five NASCAR races in 4K HDR in May and June, including the DuraMax Drydene 400. The races were available in 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) on the Fox Sports app and carried in the format on special 4K channels provided by several pay TV providers including DIRECTV, YouTube TV, FuboTV and Comcast.
But what about this Sunday’s Daytona 500, you ask? Will the sport’s most prestigious race of the year be available in 4K?
The answer is no. Fox, which again has the broadcast rights to the Daytona 500, will not offer it in 4K. The network will show the race in high-def on Fox network affiliates with coverage starting at 2:30 p.m. ET.
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Fox has given no explanation for not doing the Daytona in 4K. But note that the network has not said it will produce any NASCAR races in 4K this year, although an announcement for future NASCAR events in 4K could be coming later. Fox has done five NASCAR races in May and June for two straight years.
If you’re looking for a 4K sports fix, Fox tonight will stream the DePaul-St. John’s college basketball game in 4K at 9 p.m. ET. It will be available in 4K on the Fox Now and Fox Sports apps as well as on special 4K channels from providers such as Comcast’s Xfinity, DIRECTV, Dish, FuboTV, Verizon, Altice’s Optium and YouTube TV.
Joel, hope that helps. Happy viewing and stay safe!
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Fox execs are idiots. They are stuck with a huge NASCAR contract that they are losing millions on, yet they have the rights to the ONLY race anybody but the very few diehard NASCAR fans left MIGHT actually watch, and they decide to save a few bucks by refusing to merely upscale the feed from 1080p to 4K! Not like they’re having to haul 31 (or whatever) 4K cameras to Florida.
Like Bugs always said: “What a bunch of maroons!”
Completely agree. It’s 2023 and barely anything outside of YouTube videos are offered in 4K. We already have 8K TVs and can’t even get our regular programming on 4K 98% of the time. Owning those tvs is almost pointless right now
Sure seems like in 2023 the great majority of major sports events would have been in 4K. Instead, we still barely get anything in 4K except for the Super Bowl, and even that has been only from one network. Owning a 4K TV is almost pointless because you never actually get it outside of YouTube videos.