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How to Watch the Olympics in 4K

NBC will be streaming the 2016 Olympics in Rio starting with the opening ceremony on Friday (Aug. 5), and for the first time, you'll be able to watch it in hyper-detailed 4K.

However, there are a few caveats if you want to see every drop of water as Michael Phelps tears through the pool, or every speck of dust when Gabby Douglas claps her hands together.

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NBC will make 83 hours of Olympics coverage available in 4K, but all of it will be on a one-day delay. Events will include the opening and closing ceremonies, swimming, track and field, basketball, the men's soccer final and judo.

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Only three national cable providers--DIRECTV, Dish and Comcast--are offering 4K service during the games. DirecTV customers will also need the Genie or HR54 DVR, and be subscribed to the Ultimate programming package or better. Dish customers will need to own the Hopper 3 or 4K Joey. Comcast customers will only be able to access the content through the Xfinity app on a Samsung or an LG Smart TV.

If you don't have a 4K TV, you can also watch them on your regular set, or stream the Olympics on your computer, tablet, smartphone, or streaming device. Or, you can even watch the games in VR using Samsung's Gear VR headset.

4K Content
Things to Consider
Linear coverage on channel 146On-Demand Sports Hub on Dish Channel 148No opening ceremony
Linear coverage on channel 1064K on-demand clipsAtmos Surround Sound downsampled from 8K
Linear streaming 4K contentOn-demand 4K clipsUltra HD available only via Samsung and LG Smart TVs with the Xfinity preview app

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