How to Watch the Summer Olympics in 4K

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Don't worry, you'll be able to watch the Rio Olympics in full eye-popping 4K quality this summer.

DIRECTV customers with the requisite hardware and the desire to use it will be able to enjoy the celebrated international games with a level of visual detail that simply blows HDTV out of the water. Broadcast between August 5 and 21, the Olympics will join sporting events like the Masters golf tournament and the UFC 200 mixed martial arts fighting event to be broadcast in what seems destined to be the new standard for image quality at home.

The 4K viewing paradigm is in full swing, and DIRECTV remains home to the only dedicated 4K channel, pumping out 4,000 pixels of horizontal video data versus HDTV’s 1,080. This includes not only the opening and closing ceremonies, but also sporting events that vary from judo to swimming to basketball.

To live the 4K Olympic dream, you need to be subscribed to DIRECTV’s Ultimate or Premier plans ($40 and $90 per month, respectively). You'll also need a special $300 box to turn the 4K signal into something that your 4K-compatible television can use.

After that, you only need watch your favorite sports and athletes as the time-delay makes it possible to do so.