Comcast And DirecTV Also Offering Winter Olympics In 4K HDR With A Catch
Stephan Jukic – February 7, 2018
As we reported earlier today, DISH network will be getting the rights from NBCUniversal to broadcast extensive coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics from PyeongChang, South Korea in 4K and high dynamic range as the Games open on the 10th of this month. The total amount of broadcast content will amount to a solid 2400 hours but with one not so minor catch; it will be available only after a 24 hour delay, not as live video.
Now we know that DirecTV and Comcast will also be offering this with the same annoying 24 hour delay to their respective subscribers. This is great news for Olympic Games fans who own 4K TVs and the right subscriptions and even if the video isn’t live, you’ll at least get the benefit of seeing whatever happens at the Games in a format that blows live HD feeds out of the water in its visual quality.
The core broadcaster of all this coverage and more will be NBCUniversal but both of these satellite providers, along with DISH will get the benefit of all available 4K HDR video for their users. All three services will thus presumably be delivering the same essential events to their respective viewers as well. These will include the Opening Ceremony, figure skating, hockey, short track speed skating, snowboard events and ski jumping. Scenery from the picturesque PyeongChang area will also be fed to viewers. We’re not sure about additional non-4K coverage coming live from these three viewers but whatever there is should also look pretty good on any 4K TV due to built-in upscaling technology which does make non-UHD video sources of most types look better than they otherwise would viewed from a non-4K television.
As we covered in our previous post on DISH’s service for the 2018 Winter Olympics, these broadcast will be available via Channel 540 to subscribers who also have a Hopper 3 DVR and, of course, a 4K HDR TV for the actual viewing.
DirecTV customers will be able to enjoy their delayed feeds of the above Games events via channel 106 as long as they own a Genie HD DVR and have the right Dish subscription. The full 4K HDR schedule of Olympic content from Dish can be found here.
Dish in particular might be delivering what is the most comprehensive package of bonus features to accompany their 2018 Winter Games coverage. These include the following:
- Exclusive sports hub on Channel 147: named in the guide as “2018 Winter Olympics Channels,” This will offer navigation of all NBCUniversal coverage across 5 channels.
- “Olympic Winter Games” app: This app will feature frequently updated medal counts, and a full roster of the Games by network and schedule. It’s available on most of Dish’s boxes including the Hopper, Hopper Duo, Joey, and Wally devices.
- Olympics on demand: Over 150 hours of NBCUniversal’s on-demand Olympics content.
- Sports Bar Mode: Delivered with the Hopper 3, Sports Bar Mode lets you watch up to 4 Olympic events at the same time in four separate quadrants of your HD or 4K TV. It divides the screen into these automatically.
- com and NBC Sports app: this app will offer up over 1800 hours of live Olympic Games events for Dish subscribers who have access (call your Dish provider to verify this). Obviously, as live streams, these aren’t available in 4K HDR, unlike the delayed content we describe above.