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How to watch the Tokyo Olympics in 4K HDR

The Tokyo Olympics are here and here’s how you can watch it in 4K.

It’s been a summer of 4K so far with Euro 2020 and the Wimbledon tennis tournament both shown in 4K HDR. And here’s how you can witness the Olympics in that same picture quality.

The Tokyo Olympic Games finish Sunday 8 August, so there’s not long left to view the action in Japan.

How to watch the Tokyo Olympic Games in 4K and HDR – what do I need?

To watch in 4K, it goes without saying that you will need a 4K TV to do so. You will also need a HDR ready Sky Q box and the UHD subscription to gain access to Eurosport’s coverage of the games.

A TV that supports the HLG standard helps bring the needed advantages of brighter, punchier and more realistic colours that are the cornerstone of HDR. So it’s a good thing that every TV that supports HDR also includes HLG support, too.

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How to watch the 2020 Olympic Games in 4K

In the UK, the three broadcasters of Tokyo 2020 are BBC, Discovery+ and Eurosport.

However, the channel you need for watching the event in UHD with HDR is the 4K Eurosport channel, which is on Sky. For the first time, Sky is adding HDR to its UHD coverage for live sports bringing improved contrast and colours for a more realistic and natural image.

To watch content on the dedicated Eurosport 4K channel that’s showing the games in live HDR, all you need to do is select the red button on channel 410 and 411. You can also use voice to find Olympics content on Sky Q.

Over 200 hours of content will be available in 4K and HDR via the red button, and if you want catch more of the Olympic action then there are seven Olympic specific Eurosport pop-up channels in HD at no extra cost.

For those who already have Sky’s UHD subscription, HDR is included as standard. However, if you aren’t signed up but want to experience the best picture quality, you can sign up for a special three-month offer free via the Sky VIP app. This offer only runs from July 16th to August 26th.

With Eurosport having exclusive rights to the games, that means you’re limited to watch you can watch for free. The BBC has said it’s not showing the Tokyo 2020 Games in 4K HDR as the requirement to backhaul the 4K stream to the UK for production was deemed too costly.

As such, if you don’t have access to Sky, you’ll have to make to with watching the Tokyo Olympic Games elsewhere in HD.

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