Fox Sports To Stream Every Women’s Word Cup Match In 4K UHD
Stephan Jukic – June 6, 2019
Fox Sports, which has been moving its way quite heavily into the world of 4K UHD streaming of live sports, has now made yet another investment in the overall medium with a recently announced decision to stream the entire Women’s World Cup that kick starts tomorrow, Friday the 7th of June in France.
The broadcasting giant had also done the same thing with the 2018 FIFA World Cup in 2018 but on an oddly limited basis, with the live FIFA 4K broadcasts only being available to owners of Hisense 4K UHD TVs.
For the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the 4K streams will be available to owners of pretty much any reasonably recent model of 4K UHD TV though a few new but much more minor conditions will apply this time. For one thing, owners of 4K UHD TVs will need to have either an Apple TV 4K model or Roku 4K HDR device attached to their TV and they will need to be in an area of the world where live 4K streams are available for the Fox Sports and Fox Now apps on these devices.
The specific range of Roku devices that support the Fox broadcast consists of the Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere +, Roku Streaming Stick +, Roku Ultra and any 4K TV with Roku’s OS running as its interface. For the Apple device it obviously enough needs to be one of the 4K editions.
Fox will add support for its ultra HD streams to more devices down the road but hasn’t yet named any concrete dates for this. What we are nearly sure of though is that the 2019 FIFA World Cup will also be available live in 4K on these same devices and 4K TVs when it rolls around and by that point support for further streaming boxes and sticks might be available. If Fox Sports already offered the 2018 World Cup (albeit on a limited basis) and is now offering the 2019 Women’s World Cup to a much broader range of customers, the same or better level of support for the 2019 FIFA Cup only makes sense.
In addition to the crystal clear 4K resolution of these broadcasts, Fox is offering 5.1 audio integration with the apps that will be carrying them. For TVs with the right hardware and support hooked into them, this means some wicked audio power for their sports matches.
We should also note that only the games themselves are going to be available in 4K UHD. Additional aspects of the Women’s World Cup, such as studio content will stream only in HD. According to Fox, Fubo and DirecTV will also offer 4K streaming throughout the Women’s Cup.