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Watch the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in 4K Ultra HD

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NBC Olympics’ comprehensive coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will include the distribution of 4K Ultra HD (UHD) coverage to cable, satellite, telco providers, and other partners.

4K UHD technology displays images at over eight million pixels (3,840 x 2,160), providing pictures with an ultra-high resolution that is roughly four times that of current HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels). The 4K UHD coverage of the Opening Ceremony, which will be produced by NBC Olympics, will also include High Dynamic Range (HDR), which produces a wider and richer range of colors, and Dolby ATMOS, a new sound technology that allows for a more immersive audio experience.

The 2016 Rio Olympics begin August 5 on the networks and platforms of NBCUniversal.


The coverage will be made available on one-day delay and will include 4K UHD footage from:

  • The Opening and Closing Ceremonies

  • Swimming

  • Track and Field

  • Basketball

  • Men’s Soccer final

  • Judo

  • Rio scenics

At least one event from the previous day’s competition will be provided daily from August 6, the day after the Opening Ceremony, through August 21.  Check with your TV provider for daily schedules.


MVPDs making 4K content available to consumers:

  • Comcast – Xfinity app on Samsung 4K smart TVs

  • DIRECTV – linear channel #106

  • DISH – linear channel #146 and VOD (non-HDR).  Please note: Dish will not have the Opening Ceremonies during its initial 4K HDR playout.

  • EPB – linear channel #803

For additional questions, please contact your TV Provider.


We would like to extend special thanks to the following for supporting this endeavor: 

  • Daily Sporting Event and Closing Ceremonies Original Production by NHK/OBS based on 8K

  • 4K Broadcast Equipment proved by SONY

  • 4K Broadcast Lenses proved by CANON

  • ATMOS audio provided by DOLBY LABORATORIES 

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