Skip to main content

Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us?

How to watch the World Series in 4K

The Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies are set to go clash in the 2022 World Series. It’s baseball, so there’s drama. (And we’re not just talking about the argument for lifetime bans of Astros folk.) The Phillies are in their first postseason since 2011, never mind making it all the way to the final series.

So, yeah. This is gonna be good. And it’s exactly the sort of thing you’ll want to watch in the best resolution possible.

Related Videos
World Series on the Fox Sports app on an iPhone.

Live TV is still pretty hard to come by in 4K. But sports has paved the way for it. And before you even try to toss the word “upscaled” at us, just stop. Sure, even if it’s not truly 4K from one end to the other, the simple fact is that if you’ve seen any sports in 4K on your television, you’re going to want more. That’s whether it’s football, soccer, or baseball.

And you can watch this year’s World Series in 4K, from Game 1 on Friday night all the way to the end of the best-of-seven series, on Fox, in a number of places. It really is the best way to watch the game, especially given that Fox often does some shenanigans to the frame rate on its standard-definition broadcasts. The full 4K view does it right, in HDR, and it’s really the wya to go.

And that’s before you consider that the series opened with a bang, with the Phillies going down five runs by the end of the third inning before tying it up just two innings later. But it took a 346-foot home run from J.T. Realmuto in the 10th — free baseball! — to end it.

Not a bad Game 1.

Here’s how to watch Game 2 in full 4K glory.

Watch the World Series on YouTube TV

If you’re streaming your live TV, there’s a good chance you’re doing so on YouTube TV. It’s the most popular streaming service in the U.S., with more than 5 million subscribers at last count. And YouTube TV has a 4K option.

World Series 2022 on YouTube TV.

You’re going to have to pay up a little extra for the privilege, though. The full price is $20 a month, which definitely is steep on top of the $65-a-month base subscription, with which you get more than 100 channels. You’ll get a free trial, though, which covers the first 30 days. And that’ll get you through the full World Series. There’s also a pretty decent discount for the first 12 months, which cuts the cost in half. So you’re talking $120 a year for the first year, and an extra $240 a year after that.

Is it worth it? That really depends on how badly you want to watch anything in 4K. For live TV, you’re looking at NBC Sports, Fox, Nat Geo, FX, and ESPN. But not every live game or event will be shown in 4K, so you’ll have to check the schedule pretty often, and then cross your fingers.

That’s just the start of things, though. There are also are number of on-demand channels available in 4K, including shows from Discovery and Tastemade. So that sweetens the deal a little.

The 4K Plus add-on also gives you the ability to watch on many devices at once while you’re on your home network, and the ability to watch recorded shows (on some networks) offline on mobile devices.

Whether that’s worth it is up to you. YouTube TV is available on every major streaming platform, including Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Google TV, Android TV, on smart TV systems, gaming consoles, and in a web browser.

Watch the World Series on FuboTV

World Series on FuboTV.

FuboTV is one of the smaller live TV streamers, but it’s been growing and now stands in fourth place with about 1.22 million subscribers. It also was the first streaming service to offer any live sports in 4K, which it continues to do today.

FuboTV starts at $70 a month for 113 channels, 1,000 hours of recording, and the ability to watch on up to 10 screens at home. There’s also a free seven-day trial, which will get you through at least the five games of the World Series, provided that one team doesn’t sweep.

There’s also a huge stable of optional add-ons with FuboTV, many of which will get you sports that can’t be found elsewhere.

FuboTV is available on every major streaming platform, web browsers, smart TVs, and gaming consoles.

Watch in the Fox Sports app

World Series in the Fox Sports app.

The World Series also is available on the Fox Sports app. That’ll require a subscription to some other service, be it cable or satellite or streaming. Or, if we’re being completely honest while also winking a good bit, it’ll require access to a subscription.

From there, you’ll just log in to the Fox Sports app on whatever platform you’re using, whether it’s phones and tablets, or in a web browser, or on a streaming platform like Roku and Amazon Fire TV. It’s also available on smart TVs.

This will be a good option for a lot of folks who don’t otherwise subscribe to any sort of cable or satellite service, or streaming — but know someone who does.

Just hope folks don’t ask too many questions.

Editors' Recommendations

YouTube TV rolls out multiview: watch up to 4 NCAA games at once
An example of YouTube TV's multiview feature.

If you love college basketball and can process more than one game at a time, you're going to go bananas for YouTube TV's new multiview feature, which will be rolling out on a limited, early access basis starting March 14.  With multiview, you'll be able to pick up to four channels and see them all simultaneously, with the ability to easily flip the active audio from one to another. The new feature is compatible with any TV-based YouTube TV installations (streaming media players, smart TVs, and game consoles), but it doesn't yet work on mobile devices or computers.

Initially, multiview will only be available to select YouTube TV users, who will be chosen at random. But Google says the goal is to include every subscriber by the time NFL football season starts in the fall. Another limitation, at least for now, is that YouTube TV will preselect the multiview channels you can choose. At launch, only channels that carry NCAA tournament games will be included in that preselected list.
How to use YouTube TV multiview
If you're one of the lucky, randomly chosen users, you'll see an option to watch up to four preselected, different streams at once in your “Top Picks for You” section. After selecting multiview, you can switch audio and captions between streams, and jump in and out of a full-screen view of a game.
It's all about sports
At the moment, YouTube TV sees multiview as an enhancement of the sports viewing experience, so only sports content will be eligible. YouTube TV has had some big sports wins in 2022, including 4K coverage of the Soccer World Cup, and that trend will continue in 2023 thanks to its acquisition of the NFL Sunday Ticket games. However, YouTube TV recently lost access to MLB Network and the add-on, which reduces the amount of sports content available for multiview in 2023.

Read more
The first Roku-made televisions are now available at Best Buy
Roku Select Series television.

Roku today announced that its first slate of Roku Select and Roku Plus Series televisions — the first sets to actually be made by Roku — are now available exclusively at Best Buy. The first 11 models are meant to be affordable options not unlike the Roku TVs made by the company's manufacturing partners. (Those partners, so far as we know, will still make their own Roku TVs.)

The Plus Series is the more advanced of the two options, with QLED screens at 55, 65, and 75 inches. Those prices hit $649, $749, and $1,199, respectively.

Read more
How to watch the 2023 Women’s World Cup
FIFA Women's World Cup info in the Fox Sports app.

The world was very different the last time someone other than the U.S. won the FIFA Women's World Cup. Steve Jobs was still alive. Google+ was a thing. The iPad was a baby. Someone left an iPhone 4 in a bar. Facebook was getting ready to go public. Someone was really trying to make 3D TV and phones a thing.

So, yeah, a lot has changed since Japan hoisted the trophy in 2011 (the U.S. lost that final in penalties, for what it's worth).

Read more