DirecTV customers with Ultra HDTVs will be to watch NBC transmission of 83 hours of Olympics coverage from Rio in 4K. The programs will be available from August 6 to August 12.
Subscribers of DirecTV as well as Dish Network and Comcast will also be able to watch NBC’s Olympics 4K Ultra HD coverage. The programming won’t be live, as footage from the opening and closing ceremonies will be on 2.5-hour delay, where track and field, swimming, basketball, and judo events will be on one day delay.
DirecTV customers can also tune in to “Mix” channels, featuring event results, medal counts, and multiple feeds from networks covering the games. On screen interactive apps for simultaneous viewing of NBCUniversal’s events by date and sport, would also be available.
DirecTV is the first pay-TV provider in the US to give a good 4K Ultra HD channel. Eight-screens-in-one mosaic of Olympics coverage of DirecTV comes from NBCSN, NBC, Bravo, Golf Channel, CNBC, USA Network, MSNBC, and NBC Universo. In order to enhance the Olympics programming viewing experience, DirecTV customers can avail a package with a Genie HD DVR model HR54 or later, and a compatible 4K TV (or a 4K Genie Mini connected 4K TV).
“Our customers can easily keep track of their favorite events by watching the Mix channel. They’ll get real-time results, medal counts and NBC video highlights at the touch of a remote button and see one of the world’s most spectacular cities through our delivery of 4K Ultra HD. It will give DirecTV customers a breath-taking visual,” said Chief content officer for AT&T, Dan York.
Dish Network customers, on the other hand, can tune in to the 4K Olympics footage with a Hopper 3 DVR or and 4K Joey set-top box, on linear channel 146. Subscribers will be provided daily with one event from the competition on the next day. These videos will also be available on the Dish’s video-on-demand catalog.
Comcast customers will be getting the programs only through broadband-connected Ultra HDTVs from LG and Samsung, via the Xfinity Ultra High Definition Sampler app, and not on a linear channel.