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Tokyo Olympics to be broadcast in 4K HDR & Dolby Atmos in the US

11 Jun 2021 | Rasmus Larsen |

NBCUniversal has confirmed that it will provide live coverage of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, which will take place July 23 to August 8, in glorious 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos.
Update 15.7.2021: YouTube TV has confirmed that it will make the Tokyo Olympics available in 4K SDR on supported devices (Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku, LG, Samsung) on four channels: NBC 4K, NBC Sports 4K, Olympic Channel 4K, and Golf Channel 4K. Update 14.7.2021: Comcast has announced that "for the first time ever, the Olympics will be shown available live in 4K HDR with Dolby Atmos immersive audio, and X1 will offer customers full access. And for the first time, X1 customers with compatible devices will be able to experience all HDR coverage in Dolby Vision HDR".

Olympics in 4K HDR

Events that will be featured in 4K HDR include gymnastics, track & field, swimming, diving, beach volleyball, golf, tennis and other sports. Also the opening and closing ceremonies as well as Golf Channel and Olympic Channel. - "For the first time ever, NBC Olympics will provide live coverage of the NBC broadcast network’s Olympics primetime show in certain markets in the 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) format with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and ATMOS sound, making the pageantry, dynamic imagery, and immersive sound that is unique to the Olympic Games even more spectacular for viewers," said NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal will offer its broadcasts to partners and it is likely that DirectTV and Comcast customers will be able to enjoy 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos, although details have yet to be confirmed. NBCUniversal did not comment on 4K HDR plans for its own streaming service Peacock.

Tokyo Olympics

- "The Olympics have been a consistent driver of technological advancements, and even with the challenges of the past year, Tokyo will be no different," said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. "With the rich cultural backdrop of Tokyo combined with the world-class competition of the Olympics, we’re excited to provide the American audience a look at the Games and, for the first time, the live Olympics primetime show with this impressive new 4K HDR technology." The Games of the XXXII Olympiad will take place July 23-August 8, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan, and be broadcast to the world. Plans for other regions will be announced separately. NBCUniversal has the US rights.

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