By Phillip Swann
The TV Answer Man –@tvanswerman
TV Answer Man, I haven’t seen anything on your site about the baseball playoffs in 4K. Will they be in 4K or is Fox backing out? — Dale, Glen Burnie, Maryland.
Dale, Fox has broadcast MLB playoff games and the World Series in 4K for several years in a row now, and 2023 will not snap the streak! Starting tomorrow (October 7), Fox will begin 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) coverage of both American League Division Series (Game one of the Orioles vs. Rangers on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET and game one of the Twins vs. Astros tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. ET) with every game of each series available in the format.
Fox will simulcast the AL playoff games on Fox network affiliates or FS1. (See your on-screen guide for details.) The 4K broadcasts will be streamed on the Fox Sports app. You can watch them in 4K on the app by using your TV Everywhere user name and password from your pay TV provider. The pay TV services that are expected to also carry them on special 4K channels are DIRECTV, DIRECTV Stream, 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.
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.
Dale, hope that helps. Happy viewing and stay safe!
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— Phillip Swann