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Olympic Channel Coming Next Month to 35 Million Homes

NBC yesterday made it official that its new Olympic Channel will debut July 15, as first reported here by

The sports channel will replace the Universal HD channel, which will cease operations on that day, Comcast, which owns NBC and Universal HD, has revealed at its web site.

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NBC yesterday expanded on the number of providers that will carry the Olympic Channel at launch. They now include: DIRECTV, Comcast, Charter-Spectrum, Altice, AT&T’s U-verse, Verizon, and the live streaming services, DIRECTV Now, Fubo, Hulu, PlayStation Vue and YouTube. TV.

The channel will also be available via live streaming at,, an Olympic Channel app and the NBC Sports app.

The network says the Olympic Channel will be available in more than 35 million homes at launch.

Comcast and NBC have invested heavily in obtaining the rights to live coverage of the Olympic Games.  The Olympic Channel, which will be produced in partnership with the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee, will feature live events, video highlights, and segments and documentaries about the games and its athletes.

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Comcast said it will include the Olympic Channel in its Digital Preferred package in every market that currently carries Universal HD. The other providers have not specified which packages will include the new channel.

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Universal HD, which is also owned by NBC and Comcast, started in 2003 and offers a mixture of sports, movies, and reruns of such NBC-owned shows as Burn Notice and White Collar.

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3 Comments on Olympic Channel Coming Next Month to 35 Million Homes

  1. Why don’t they offer this channel in 4k? Anything would be better than Fox 4k!

  2. Is this Replacing DTV’S Universal HD Channel in the “HD Package” ?
    What Number is it ?

  3. Beverly Diggs Carmichael // September 24, 2017 at 1:45 am // Reply

    The Olympic channel number will be different in every Comcast market; that’s just the way it is

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