Posted Fri May 27, 2016 at 10:30 AM PDT by Steven Cohen
Select portions of the upcoming Olympic Games will be covered in 4K and HDR.
NBC has detailed its 4K Ultra HD plans for this summer's Rio Olympics. The broadcaster will provide select coverage in 4K Ultra HD to its cable, satellite and telco distribution partners.
4K Ultra HD coverage will be available for specific events with a one day delay, including the opening and closing ceremonies, track and field, swimming, basketball, the men's soccer final, and judo. In addition, the opening ceremonies will also be available in HDR (high dynamic range) with Dolby Atmos immersive object based audio. NBC will distribute their 4K coverage provided by Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and Japan's NHK to various US distribution partners. Each distribution partner will then decide individually how to make the content available to their customers with compatible equipment. The Rio Olympics will kick off on August 5 and conclude on August 21. 4K Ultra HD content for the games will begin on August 6 and run through August 22.
Outside of 4K Ultra HD coverage, the Olympic Broadcasting Services also recently announced plans to offer select 8K and virtual reality coverage as well. 8K Super Hi-Vision broadcasts with a resolution of 7680 x 4320 and 22.2 channel immersive audio will be available in Japan only for select events, including swimming, judo, athletics, basketball, and football, along with live coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies. Meanwhile, VR content from the games will be available around the world. Users with compatible headsets will be able to enjoy select footage in immersive VR, including the opening and closing ceremonies and one key event per day. VR broadcasts will be available live and on-demand, and highlights will even be viewable to users without a headset.
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Broadcasting & Cable
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