By Phillip Swann
The TV Answer Man –@tvanswerman
Reader Question: What Is Fox’s 4K Games This Week?
TV Answer Man, any guesses on which college games Fox will have in 4K this week? — Dale, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Dale, Fox has been the industry’s biggest proponent of 4K TV (albeit it upscaled 4K) and this Saturday (October 28) it will offer two more college football games in the format: 6th ranked Oklahoma at Kansas at noon ET and 8th ranked Oregon at 13th ranked Utah at 3:30 p.m. ET. The network’s Big Noon Kickoff show, which starts at 10 a.m. ET, will also be in 4K.
How Can You Watch Fox’s Games In 4K?
The day’s action can be seen in 4K on the Fox Sports app by logging in with your TV Everywhere user name and password from your pay TV provider. (Note that the Fox Now app is no longer available.) The games will be simulcast in HD on Fox network affiliates.
The pay TV services that are expected to carry the Fox games in 4K on special 4K channels are DIRECTV, Dish, Comcast, Verizon, Optimum, DIRECTV Stream, 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.
(To find out what you need to watch 4K on the Fox Sports app, including which devices are compatible, click here. The games will be simulcast in high-def on Fox network affiliates.)
What Is Upscaled 4K On Fox?
Fox’s 4K college football broadcasts are upscaled from 1080p HDR (High Dynamic Range). 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.
Fox, which has done the American League MLB playoff games in 4K HDR this season as well, will also do the World Series in the format starting Friday with game one.
Dale, hope that helps. Happy viewing and stay safe!
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— Phillip Swann