DISH Is Dishing Out 4K HDR Coverage Of The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics
Stephan Jukic – February 7, 2018
Broadcast and satellite streaming provider Dish announced today that it will be delivering the NBC Universal 4K high dynamic range broadcasts of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games from live recordings in PyeongChang, South Korea right through the end of the events. The full package of broadcasts is pretty impressive and will include over 2,400 hours of access to NBC Universal’s Olympic on-demand and streaming events coverage in 4K HDR, as long as you’re a Dish subscriber that is. This will be the largest package of streaming 4K coverage of any Olympic event to-date.
According to Vivek Khemka, executive VP and chief technology officer at DISH,
“For the first time, The Winter Olympics will be available in 4K HDR, marking an exciting milestone for both the TV industry and Olympic viewers. We’re pleased to work with NBCUniversal to give customers access to this year’s inspiring Olympic performances in the clearest resolution and richest color palette available, maximizing the potential of their 4K HDR TVs.”
Unfortunately, the Dish Olympic content package won’t be live in the moment, but it will be based off of live broadcast 4K HDR content that goes through a 24 hour delay according to Dish. Recorded events will include video of the opening ceremony, figure skating, short track speed skating, hockey, ski jumping and snowboarding competitions among others. There will also be plenty of scenic shots taken of the sprawling and highly picturesque PyeongChang venue. Three events or less per day will be made available through Dish channel 540 as of February 10th (one day after the opening ceremony) and continue until February 26th, which is one day after the end of the games.
It’s unfortunate that these won’t be truly live broadcasts in UHD HDR but at least owners of ultra HD TVs with high dynamic range can enjoy an entirely new, much sharper and more visually appealing view of everything they could pick up live from numerous other sources, even if they’ll know scores in advance.
4K resolution will definitely offer up a sharper view of all Olympic events but the real kicker here will definitely be the high dynamic range mastering. This affects picture quality much more than raw resolution and offers up richer, more vibrant color and contrast palettes for all content being shown. The visual quality difference between these delayed 4K streams and fully live conventional broadcasts of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics should be enough to make any Olympics games fan pay extra attention despite the 24 hour broadcast delay.
Dish customers who want to view these 4K HDR streams of the Games will also need one of Dish’s Hopper 3 DVRs and a 4K HDR TV in addition to having the right Dish subscription.
Dish is also offering other bonus services and interactive streaming options with all of its Olympic coverage to subscribers, as detailed here.