Dish’s Sports Bar Mode Channel for the upcoming Winter Olympics coverage.

Dish Network revealed Wednesday that it is among a select group of pay-TV services (including Comcast Xfinity) that will be offering extensive Winter Olympic Games coverage from PyeongChang, South Korea, through new features and enhancements, including 4K coverage.

Dish will offer Olympics programming in 4K Ultra HD resolution with HDR10 high dynamic range (HDR) on its channel 540, where it can be tuned using a Hopper 3 DVR and compatible 4K Ultra HDTV with HDR support.

As previously announced by Comcast Xfinity, which is also providing 4K Olympics coverage with HDR through an extensive package of interactive features, the 4K HDR coverage from NBC Universal will be available on-demand on a 24-hour delayed basis. Among the events to be offered in 4K/HDR are the Opening Ceremony, and select key hockey, figure skating, short track speed skating, ski jumping and snowboard competitions. NBC Universal has said it plans to offer in 4K UHD up to four events from the previous day’s competition.

Read more about Dish’s plans for the Winter Olympics after the jump:

Dish will turn its channel 147 into as “an exclusive hub” for the Winter Games, where viewers can navigate available events from the Winter Olympics Channels across five TV networks carrying the NBC Sports content.

Dish said it will also integrate an Olympic Winter Games app, available on channel 159 or from the guide’s app menu, which can be used with the internet-connected Hopper, Hopper Duo, Joey and Wally boxes. The app will let viewers look up the latest medal counts, and review the complete Olympics TV roster listed with schedules and carrying networks.

More than 150 hours of on-demand content from NBC Universal will be available through Dish’s VOD platform, including preview clips, recaps from the 2014 games, athlete profiles, event replays and post-event commentary and medal ceremonies.

For those who can’t get enough Olympic’s coverage, Dish is providing Hopper 3 users will have a Sports Bar Mode enabling the ability to view up to four Olympics TV feeds simultaneously.

Dish will also authorize subscribers to access more than 1,800 hours of live streaming of the Olympics events through, NBC Sports app, and the NBC Sports app. Dish said its subscribers will be able to easily verify their Dish subscriptions to access this content.

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In recent related updates, Dish introduced last month its Hopper Duo dual-tuner HD set-top solution for one- and two-TV households. Hopper Duo packages the most essential features of Dish’s Hopper 3 (but no 4K Ultra HD support) for customers with smaller-scale entertainment setups.

The offering is said to be a high-value method for households that only need DVR capacity for one or two screens in the home.

The Hopper Duo is Wi-Fi-capable and includes the modern Hopper user interface with HD graphics and simplified content discovery; a 500 GB hard drive for up to 125 hours of HD DVR recording; compatibility with Amazon Alexa voice control; universal search; Bluetooth audio support via adapter; Picture-in-Picture viewing; Remote Finder; and apps including Game Finder, Pandora and Dish-On-Demand, “with Netflix coming soon,” the company said. Hopper Duo includes Dish’s new voice remote.

Hopper Duo supports a second HDTV when paired with a Joey, 4K Joey or Wireless Joey thin client box. The Hopper Duo’s dual tuners will enable watching or recording two live programs simultaneously. When the Hopper Duo is recording two live shows, viewers can tune to a previously recorded program from the DVR or anything from the OnDemand catalog.


By Greg Tarr


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