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Dish Gears Up for the Winter Olympics

Dish Network is rolling out a batch of special features and enhancements for the Winter Olympic Games from PyeongChang, South Korea.

Dish will be among a select group of MVPDs that will offer NBCUniversal’s 4K/HDR coverage of the games. Dish will offer programming in the enhanced video format on channel 540, and make it available to customers with Hopper 3 DVRs and TVs that support 4K and HDR. NBCU’s coverage in the format will be available on delay, and include footage from the Opening Ceremony, as well as from several events, including hockey, figure skating, short track speed skating, ski jumping and snowboard competitions. NBCU plans to offer up to four events from the previous day’s competition in 4K.

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Dish has also set channel 147 as an exclusive “hub” for the Winter Games. Labeled in the guide as “2018 Winter Olympics Channels,” customers can tune in there to navigate NBCU’s Olympics coverage across five TV networks.

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Dish is also integrating an Olympic Winter Games app on internet-connected Hopper, Hopper Duo, Joey and Wally boxes that features updated medal counts and a complete Olympics TV roster, broken down by schedule and network. That app is accessible on channel 159 or selectable on the guide’s Apps menu.

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Dish’s VOD platform, meanwhile, will offer more than 150 hours of on-demand content from NBCU tied to the Games, including preview clips, recaps from the 2014 games, athlete profiles, event replays and post-event commentary and medal ceremonies.

To give subs a way to take in multiple events at once, the Sports Bar Mode on the Hopper 3 will enable viewers to watch up to four Olympics TV feeds. 

Dish is also enabling authentication for the 1,800 hours of live streaming that will be offered at and the NBC Sports app.

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