TV Answer Man, I saw that NBC will be hosting the Winter Olympics in 4K this week. Do you know if Comcast will have it in 4K? This is our television company. I hope they will. The snow should look nice in 4K. —Edie, Bowie, Maryland.
Eddie, you’re right. NBC confirmed last week that it will deliver the 2022 Winter Olympics from Beijing, China in 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range). The 4K HDR coverage will include the Opening and Closing Ceremonies (live) and each night’s live prime-time NBC broadcast, which includes recorded events.
In addition, the following markets will receive expanded live coverage in 4K after the 11 p.m. newscast from local NBC affiliate: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Washington, DC (Hagerstown, MD), Boston (Manchester), Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, San Diego and Hartford & New Haven.
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But will Comcast offer the 4K live streams to Xfinity customers who have 4K-capable X1 set-top boxes, you ask?
The answer is yes! The cable operator will broadcast the 180 hours of the Olympic Games in 4K in 38 markets. (You can see a list of markets here.) YouTube, FuboTV, Optimum and Verizon will also provide the live 4K coverage while DIRECTV and Cox will air it the following day.
Comcast’s 4K Olympics stream will also include Dolby Atmos and High Dynamic Range (HDR) which can improve image color and brightness.
With previous 4K broadcasts, Comcast encouraged viewers to tune to the 4K “channel” by saying 4K into their voice remote. However, with the 4K Olympics, the cable will include an auto-tuning feature that will automatically switch NBC’s regular HD version to the 4K version. This should make it easier for 4K fans to find 4K streaming.
Also worth noting: NBC will stream all 2,800 hours of its high-definition coverage on Peacock Premium, which is free to Comcast video subscribers. And the first 4K coverage on NBC will begin Friday morning at 6:30 a.m. with the opening ceremony live. You can see the entire 4K program here.
Edie, hope that helps. Happy viewing and stay safe!
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