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Will FOX broadcast the World Cup in 4K?

Will FOX broadcast the World Cup in 4K?

Will FOX broadcast the World Cup in 4K? The good news is that here in the US, FOX Sports has the exclusive English-language broadcast rights for the 2022 World Cup. Therefore, all 64 games of the competition air either on local FOX stations or FS1, the company’s main sports channel. Even better news is that every game of the tournament is available in 4K.

Will FOX broadcast the World Cup in 4K?

Here are the specific details about FOX broadcasting the World Cup in 4K:

• All matches air in native 4K UHD HDR
• Studio programming is produced in 1080p HDR, and airs in 4K UHD HDR

The reason why studio programming is native 1080p is due to FOX Sports using augmented reality in their Doha studio. FOX Sports cannot do that in UHD for this World Cup.

UHD is ultra high definition, while HDR is high dynamic range.

For any soccer fans, watching the sport in 4K makes such a huge difference in the viewing experience. The 2018 FIFA World Cup was in 4K HDR, while the 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup aired in 4K SDR.

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Free World Cup resources

We offer four World Cup resources for you.

First, our World Soccer Talk website features the latest soccer news, schedules and analysis. Second, we have a free daily email newsletter entitled WST Insider that includes news customized to your favorite team and leagues.

Third, download a complimentary copy of The Ultimate Soccer TV And Streaming Guide. It features details on where to watch all of the leagues from around the world on US TV and streaming.

Fourth, to find out when soccer games are on, download the free Soccer TV Schedules App. It includes listings of all of the live soccer matches available in the United States (available on Apple iOS devices and Android devices).

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  1. Azer

    October 3, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    I understand World Soccer Talk has to cover this but honestly who cares if it’s 4K, 8K or whatever else it out there. We’re talking about Fox Sports after all. I care more about commentary than a TV resolution. I don’t feel like spending 90 minutes watching England vs USA and listening to John Strong & Steward Holden or JP Dellacamera & Coby Jones.
    I was never a fan of Arlo White but he’s millions of times better than the Fox Sports crew.
    As I said recently said on a different thread, people will be begging for Pien Meulensteen when Fox releases its list of commentators for the World Cup in Qatar.

    • Mercator

      October 4, 2022 at 10:50 am

      I have the complete opposite view, just show me the game in the best quality possible, commentary is a nice touch but I fundamentally do not need someone to explain a football match to me. The fox commentators are out: perfectly fine and certainly good enough if they are showing everything in Native 4K.

      Play-by-Play/Match Analyst
      John Strong and Stu Holden
      JP Dellacamera and Cobi Jones
      Derek Rae and Aly Wagner
      Ian Darke and Landon Donovan
      Jacqui Oatley and Warren Barton

      Studio Analysts
      Alexi Lalas
      Carli Lloyd
      Chad Johnson
      Clint Dempsey
      Eniola Aluko
      Kelly Smith
      Maurice Edu

      Studio Hosts
      Rob Stone
      Kate Abdo

      Jenny Taft
      Rodolfo Landeros
      Geoff Shreeves

      Feature Correspondent
      Tom Rinaldi

      Rules Analyst
      Dr. Joe Machnik
      Mark Clattenburg

      • Buckles

        October 4, 2022 at 4:55 pm

        I agree. I don’t need commentators to enjoy the game. But it certainly does help to see the game in 4K. Fox is fine for World Cup. Once the game starts, I don’t even think much about what network it’s on.

      • Azer

        October 4, 2022 at 11:57 pm

        You guys went from saying streaming is the best thing that happened since sliced bread to I want my games in 4K resolution. That’s quite a jump don’t you think.
        Who the commentators are matters a lot, this is the World Cup, not the MLS. What kind of network uses a rules analyst during a game. That is reserved for halftime. Fox is a joke, always has been. I’ll find a way to watch and listen to the world feed.

  2. Don

    October 3, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    Any news on Peacock having the Spanish in 4k too?

    • locofooty

      October 4, 2022 at 11:41 am

      They mentioned 4K will come in 2023. Was really hoping for it. That would’ve been a huge blow to Fox with their horrible coverage.

  3. dave

    October 3, 2022 at 9:39 am

    As the World Cup gets closer, a deeper dive may be merited on how those who are interested can access FOX 4k. From what I have read, FOX OTA 4k for World Cup seems low probability
    Games shown in 4k by FOX are typically available in 4k on the FOX Sports App (requiring authentication from pay TV subscription). Some but not all pay TV services transmit the FOX 4k feed when available, e.g., the article’s fubo recommendation
    I had thought that a limited number of FOX affiliates were broadcasting some 4k OTA after their conversion to ATSC 3.0 (NextGen). A helpful commenter in another thread explained that even FOX ATSC 3.0 affiliates have sharing and bandwidth limitations preventing FOX 4k OTA transmissions. In theory that could change in a few months, but many FOX affiliates have not yet upgraded to ATSC 3.0 and those added limitations make OTA 4k even less likely

    • Mercator

      October 4, 2022 at 10:58 am

      I think it’s pretty clear: (i) no OTA 4k (there isn’t any OTA 4K for anything yet), (ii) 4K on the Fox Sports App or (iii) 4K on select streaming cable alternatives for an additional fee, like Fubo. So if you want the games free OTA you won’t be getting them in 4K. If you have a basic cable subscription the games are all available in 4K on the fox sports app at no additional charge. No reason to pay Fubo or YTTV additional 4K fees since the 4K games come with the cable package. The Peacock games in Spanish will not be in 4K, again nothing like 4K on Peacock.

      Honestly this will be one of (if not the only) event I can recall where everything should be available in Native 4K without additional charge (you need cable to see the FS1 matches so if you can see all the games you can also get them in 4k for nothing additional). Watch in Spanish for $5 on Peacock, watch in English with $5 VPN from BBC or ITV, watch most games free on Fox and skip the FS1 games, or get sling for 30 bucks and get every game in 4K.

      Fox sucks in alot of ways, but this is a really good offering.

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