Comcast has confirmed that it will offer the 2018 Winter Olympics from South Korea in 4K to customers with new X1 set-tops that can display the new picture format.
In a post on its web site, Comcast says video subscribers must do the following to watch the games in 4K:
1. Get an Xfinity X1 XG1v4 DVR set-top;
2. Set the 4K TV’s resolution to 2160p60 or 2160p30;
3. Make sure the 4K TV is HDCP 2.2 compliant.
Once that is done, Comcast subs can watch portions of the games via its On Demand menu by clicking on ‘Sports Guide’ and then ‘Olympics.’
The 4K HDR video from South Korea, which will be made available on a 24-hour delay, will include the Opening Ceremony, ski jumping, short track speed skating, figure skating, hockey and snowboarding.
NBC, which is owned by Comcast, and has the rights to broadcast the games in the U.S., says it will produce as many as four events in 4K HDR on each day of the games.
AT&T announced over the weekend on its DIRECTV subscriber forum that it will also offer coverage of the Olympics in 4K, and 4K HDR. The company said the 4K footage will air on DIRECTV’s live 4K channel, which is 106.
Dish is expected to join Comcast and DIRECTV with 4K coverage of the games, but has yet to make an official announcement.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will begin on February 8 with the Opening Ceremony and run until February 25.
— Phillip Swann