How to watch the action in a stunning 4K video
Did you buy a 4K TV while on vacation or during the pandemic? The Summer Olympics is when he could really perform.
For the Tokyo Olympics, which start on Friday and end on August 8, NBC will broadcast live 4K video from Japan. Each night’s prime-time broadcast will be available in 4K video, which is four times the resolution of today’s HD.
The shows also feature Dolby Vision HDR (high dynamic range, for increased contrast and richer colors) and Dolby Atmos surround sound.
For those with 4K / HDR TVs and / or a Dolby Atmos soundbar or home theater system, “the combination of these technologies could make this one of the most exciting sporting events you can experience from your couch. “, Ryan Waniata, editor-in-chief of electronics. on Reviewed.com, which is part of the USA TODAY network.
“The 4K resolution will bring out even the smallest detail, the availability of HDR (including the dynamic version of Dolby) will bring rich contrast and explosive colors, and Dolby Atmos could really tie it all together, providing atmospheric sound to bring life to life. those iconic moments, ”he said.
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The Opening Ceremonies will be broadcast live Friday at 6:55 a.m. ET / 3:55 a.m. PT and rebroadcast during prime time starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Sports scheduled in 4K at prime time include gymnastics, track and field, swimming, diving and beach volleyball. (Note: Olympic soccer and softball competitions begin Wednesday.)
You can find tennis and wrestling in 4K on the Olympic channel – yes, it’s a real channel, owned by the US Olympic Committee, the International Olympic Committee and Comcast –while The Golf Channel will offer the golf competition.
More Americans are getting 4K TV, which first launched in stores nine years ago. As of May, about 43% of TVs in U.S. living rooms were 4K, as were about 31% of all TVs, according to Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at The NPD Group. Today, 95% of all 43-inch and larger TVs sold in the United States are 4K TVs.
Okay, this is in 4K. What is the problem ?
4K broadcasts can be impressive. I recently switched between HD and 4K streaming of the MLB All-Star Game and the UK Open Championship golf tournament while watching DirecTV on a 75 inch Samsung Neo QLED 4K smart TV that the TV maker gave me. recently loaned out for testing and overhaul.
I could see the fine details of the batters’ uniforms during close-ups in the batter’s box with the 4K video. And the wide shots of the stadium were as crisp as if you were perched on the upper level looking around the hall.
On British Open 4K broadcasts, you could almost read the green as if you were lining up a putt, something only the best HD video can come close to.
How to watch the Olympics in 4K
But just because you have a 4K and NBC TV doesn’t mean you will necessarily be able to watch the Olympic action in 4K. You may need to check with your provider to see if they provide the high resolution video.
NBCUniversal’s parent company, Comcast, will offer live 4K broadcasts to Xfinity customers in 38 markets, including Atlanta, Houston, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, and Washington (check NBC’s list for coverage). It will also rebroadcast the 4K show in prime time (including the opening and closing ceremonies) the next day at 2 p.m. ET.
Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming app, will not provide 4K video, but will stream Olympic Games programming for free. However, to watch the US Men’s Basketball Team, you’ll need a Peacock Premium Membership ($ 4.99 per month, free for eligible Comcast Xfinity X1 and Flex customers and eligible Cox Contour customers).
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Other TV providers that will deliver the Olympics in 4K:
•Coxswain. Contour customers can watch three Olympics 4K channels.
•DirectTV. The satellite TV provider will have a dedicated 4K channel (105) with one-day delayed coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies, gymnastics, athletics, golf and other sports.
•Dish. HDR Golf Channel and Olympics Channel 4K video will be available on channels 148 and 540.
•fuboTV. Will have NBC, Golf Channel and Olympic Channel 4K HDR coverage in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth and Boston.
•Optimum / Altice One. Customers in the New York area (including NJ & Conn.) Will be able to watch NBC’s coverage on Channel 200.
•Verizon Fios. Customers with Fios TV One will be able to watch NBC Olympic Games coverage on four dedicated 4K channels: Golf Channel (1493) and Olympic Channel (1494). And in New York and Philadelphia, Fios TV One customers can watch NBC 4K shows live on channels 1491 and 1492.
•YouTube TV. Will have nationwide NBC, Golf Channel and Olympic Channel 4K coverage.
And if you subscribe to Charter, Atlantic Broadband, Frontier, Sling, or Hulu, sorry. They confirmed that there was no Olympics in 4K for them.
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