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DirecTV, Dish to offer 4K Olympics

July 28, 2016

By Chris Forrester

AT&T-owned pay-TV broadcaster DirecTV and Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network, as well as some users of Comcast’s giant cable system, will be able to watch some of the NBC transmissions of the upcoming Rio Olympic Games in Ultra HD.

Subscribers who own a suitable UHD set will be able to watch some 4K coverage from the Games, but on at least a 2.5 hour time-delay. The Opening and Closing ceremonies will be covered on the 2.5 hour delay, but swimming, athletics, basketball and judo, all of which will have elements captured, will be subject to a 24-hour delay.

Coverage will start on August 6, and continue to August 22.

DirecTV will dedicate a full UHD channel to the event. Dish clients can get the feed on Channel 146 on a suitable ‘Joey’ receiver.

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