Foxtel boosts 4K sports coverage with multiple streams delivered via internet

Foxtel is expanding its 4K sports coverage in 2022 across the NRL, AFL, Formula 1 and USA Masters golf with up to four events that can be streamed at the same time.

But there are a few changes for customers, including the removal of the dedicated 4K sports channel.

Instead, 4K sports on Foxtel will be delivered over the internet, meaning owners of the iQ4 and iQ5 (the set-top boxes capable of delivering 4K content) will need to connect the device to their home internet connection. via wi-fi or with an ethernet cable.

The tech guide understands that satellite customers will still be able to access 4K UHD content in the usual way, but if there’s a sync conflict, you can access the other 4K stream over the IP connection.

Instead of accessing a dedicated 4K UHD sports channel 508, customers will now head to a Sport section from the home screen or press the Sport button on their remote.

The move will double the hours of live 4K UHD content in 2022 that will be available to Foxtel customers.

This will include:

– NRL. 29 matches from rounds 1-10 of the 2022 NRL season in 4K UHD, plus select NSW Cup and NRLW matches.

– AFL. 35 matches from rounds 1-9 of the 2022 AFL season in 4K UHD.

– Formula 1. All training, qualifying and races for the 2022 Formula 1 season.

– Golf. 2022 Masters Tournament – ​​Amen Corner (holes 11, 12 and 13) from April 4.

This will represent a 93% increase in NRL and AFL matches broadcast in 4K UHD compared to the 2021 season.

“Fox Sports is home to the best coverage of Australia’s most popular sports, and we want our Foxtel Sports subscribers to enjoy an experience like no other,” says Nick Dandy, Group Director of Product Innovation and UX , Foxtel Group.

“Ultra HD brings incredible detail to the love of Australian sports.

“This year, we continue to invest in 4K UHD content and technology to deliver the best live sports experience from the field or racetrack to our subscribers’ homes in brilliant 4K UHD.”

This week, Foxtel announced software upgrades to the new iQ4 decoders which allow the iQ4 to operate in IP-only mode.

This means customers can access their Foxtel experience, including 4K UHD, without the need for satellite or cable.

Other iQ4 technology updates include:

– Improved app search (also on iQ3) – Giving customers everything they need in one place; Improved App Search will make it even easier to find programs on Foxtel and third-party app providers. This feature will include content from ABC iView to start with, with more apps to follow.

– Improved content discovery – The TV Guide page now includes a carousel promoting live sports, dramas and lifestyle, reality and trending Foxtel Original content on Foxtel. Later this year there will also be more customization.

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