Issues didn’t go as deliberate for Fox Sports activities viewers who had been hoping to look at the primary Thursday Night time Soccer NFL recreation in 4K HDR on September 26th. Comcast pulled the 4K HDR feed from its cable lineup on the final minute for unspecified causes. A carriage dispute meant that Dish Community clients didn’t get the sport in any respect. The Fox Sports activities Apple TV app crashed on launch except customers instantly navigated to a different display. There have been widespread audio issues, main Reddit customers to find that switching to the secondary audio feed was an enormous enchancment.

Fox Sports activities mentioned that the emphasis of its manufacturing work wasn’t merely 4K decision however relatively HDR colours and dynamic vary… after which it didn’t ship an HDR feed to any of the streaming companies it listed as supporting.

The foundation of the problem is an effective old style format warfare: reside broadcast tv has moved towards an HDR customary known as hybrid log-gamma, or HLG, whereas most client units have prioritized help for the Dolby Imaginative and prescient and HDR10 codecs, which is what most films and TV exhibits come encoded in. (Broadly, Dolby Imaginative and prescient and HDR10 are often known as perceptual quantizer codecs, and so they rely upon extra brightness metadata to work, whereas HLG doesn’t.)

What all meaning is that Fox Sports activities put out a press launch saying that Thursday Night time Soccer would stream in 4K HDR to Apple TV and Roku units, after which it delivered an HLG HDR stream that these units don’t help. Streaming viewers did get a 4K SDR feed that regarded excellent, however because the manufacturing itself was in 1080p and upscaled to 4K, it wasn’t an amazing leap in high quality. The leap was to come back from HDR, and it wasn’t there.

Fox Sports activities did handle to ship a full HLG 4K HDR feed to conventional broadcast companions: DirecTV, Altice Optimum, and Fios customers all reported seeing the sport in 4K HDR on these companies’ particular 4K channels — and by all accounts, it regarded terrific.

I requested Fox Sports activities why it didn’t make it clear that HDR would solely be out there on conventional cable and satellite tv for pc methods, and right here’s what I received again:

For now, greatest wager for HLG help goes to be DirecTV or an MVPD associate. They’ve full management from transmission to the set high field to an set up to go to and configure issues.

Within the app , we can be increasing help for extra use instances over the course of the season.

Hopefully, Fox Sports activities figures out how one can ship the complete expertise its groups are working laborious to provide to its personal app because the NFL season goes on, and because it provides extra sports activities just like the MLB playoffs in 4K HDR.

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