DirecTV To Present Interactive Winter Olympics Including 4K/HDR
Not to be out done by Comcast or Dish, AT&T’s DirecTV satellite TV service revealed that it too has a slate of tools and channels it will be leveraging to help its subscribers engage in all the Winter Olympics action from PyeongChang, South Korkea beginning now.
At the top of the list for our readers is the fact that DirecTV, like others, will be carrying 4K Ultra HD coverage with high dynamic range (HDR). NBC Sports is providing 4K UHD/HDR action on a 24-hour delayed basis for VOD access in the generic HDR10 format for its sister/parent company Comcast Xfinity. DirecTV told HD Guru Thursday that it accepts both HDR10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) HDR signals, but it outputs HLG HDR.
The satellite TV provider said the 4K/HDR portion of the coverage, which begins February 9th, will also include Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound when available and will be carried on its channel 106.
DirecTV will also feature an Interactive Mix Channel, where viewers can tune to get the latest on the Olympic Games. Coverage will be provided by NBC Universal’s NBC Sports and will include the Opening Ceremony, which takes place Friday at 8pm EST, figure skating, hockey, short track speed skating, ski jumping, and snowboarding big air.
Read more about DirecTV’s Winter Olympics coverage plans after the jump:
DirecTV has been distributing select NBA basketball games and special events in 4K with the Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) HDR format that is ideal for on-the-fly HDR in live broadcasts.
The delayed coverage of 4K HDR will carry the necessary color and contrast enhancement. HLG is supported on most 2016 and 2017 LG 4K OLED and Super UHD TVs as well as many Sony 2016 and 2017 4K UHD models. Samsung also has made select 4K UHDTVs from 2016 and 2017 HLG compatible through recent firmware updates.
Meanwhile, AT&T, DirecTV’s parent, will offer users of its DirecTV NOW live over-the-top streaming service the opportunity to watch the action on their mobile devices. DirecTV NOW subscribers will be able to watch live streaming broadcasts across the four NBCUniversal networks, including 46 local NBC affiliates. Likewise, DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse TV customers will also have similar access to more than 1800 hours of livestreaming digital only content through NBCOlympics.com, the company said.
Channels carrying the events include:
• USA Network
• Olympic Channel
Throughout the Winter games, DirecTV (Channels 205 and 600) and U-Verse TV (Channels 94, 1094, 637, and 1637) customers can tune into a 4-in-1 Mix Channel to watch multiple broadcasts simultaneously, including NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network. While viewing the Mix Channel, viewers will be able to access an on-screen app with a full schedule of events, real time medal counts, athlete bios and other stats.
By Greg Tarr
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