How to watch the Tokyo Olympic Games in 4K in the UK and US


After a year of delays, the Olympics are here. If you want to watch the events in crisp and clear 4K, including the upcoming men’s 10m finals, then we’ve got everything you need to know – whether you’re in the UK or the US.

In our Tokyo Olympics roundup, you can read more about the games themselves and find out how to catch other sporting events like the Paralympics and The Hundred.

Will the Olympics be broadcast in 4K HDR?

Yes, although not all events are available in this format – see below for what we know. 4K HDR streaming varies by location, so we’ve got details for the UK and US below.

Before we tell you where to stream, you need to make sure you have a 4K TV, a streaming device that supports that quality, and either a wired internet connection or wireless internet speeds of at least 24Mbps for the full 3840p or have 12Mbps for 2560p.

How to watch the Olympics in 4K in the UK

There are three broadcasters covering the Olympic Games in the UK: BBC, Eurosport and Discovery+.

Eurosport has confirmed that it will broadcast the games in 4K for Sky Q customers and Virgin V6 customers with the channel in their package.

HDR content in 4K Ultra HD resolution is available via the Eurosport 4K channel by pressing the red button on Sky remotes or by going to channel 523 on Virgin.

You need a box that supports this format (older Sky Q models don’t), a TV that supports HDR format HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) and the right Sky package to stream HDR.

If you have Sky’s UHD subscription, you’re good to go. If not, you can sign up for a free three-month trial through the Sky VIP app. If you haven’t already signed up for Sky Q, you can do so on the Sky website.

Virgin customers need a package with 4K content and either a V6 box or a Virgin 360 box that supports 4K.

Although the BBC has broadcast some Euro 2020 matches in 4K resolution via iPlayer, this will not be the case for the Olympics.

According to an interview with Ron Chakraborty, Lead Executive, Major Events at BBC Sport, on, plans to “transport 4K streams back to the UK for production were deemed too expensive in terms of bandwidth”.

The BBC’s terrestrial channels do not broadcast in 4K either. Discovery+ will also not stream the games in 4K.

If you can’t get Sky Q/Virgin but still want to watch the Olympics in 4K, you can try logging into YouTube TV with a VPN, which stands for Virtual Private Network. This will redirect your IP address so you can browse the web as if you are from another country.

YouTube TV is a streaming service only available in the United States. You can find more information about the prices here.

However, be warned that you can only sign up if you have a US-linked bank account and a US address and phone number (which can be randomly assigned online).

NordVPN is our top pick, but you can check out other options in our list of the best VPNs for streaming. If you want to sign up for YouTube TV, you need to connect to a US server.


How to Watch Olympic Games in 4K in USA

NBC has confirmed it will be broadcasting the Olympics for the first time in 4K HDR with support for Dolby Atmos sound. It will distribute the footage to channels, which will decide whether or not to air it.

You need to make sure your NBC channel is included in your local TV package – 4K is available for Xfinity customers. Visit the website for more information. Dish Network and DirecTV also offer 4K coverage if you have a set-top box with one of these providers.

While Peacock is an option for those who prefer to stream, this service doesn’t broadcast the games in 4K resolution, neither does the NBC app.

There is another way to stream the US Olympics in 4K. You can do this by subscribing to YouTube TV, which offers four dedicated channels for 4K Olympic channels: NBC 4K, NBC Sports 4K, Olympic Channel 4K, and Golf Channel 4K.

However, this is not cheap. YouTube TV costs $64.99 per month, while the 4K add-on offers a 30-day free trial and then costs $9.99 (for the first year and then $19.99 thereafter). There is currently a $10 discount off the usual registration cost.

YouTube TV

Thankfully, you can cancel this at any time, so this is more flexible than signing up for an entire TV package just for Olympic coverage in 4K.

Once you’ve signed up for YouTube TV with the 4K add-on, just make sure your streaming quality is set to the highest possible by clicking the settings wheel icon.

In addition, Fubo TV also offers 4K coverage at no additional cost to customers based in the following cities: New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL, Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX and Boston, MA (Manchester, NH).

Fubo TV costs $64.99 per month, but new customers can get a seven-day free trial. Sign up for Fubo TV here.

Which events are shown in 4K HDR?

It’s likely that not every single event will be available in 4K. So far, NBC Universal has confirmed the following events:

  • gymnastics
  • athletics
  • To swim
  • Dive
  • Beach volleyball
  • golf
  • tennis

Sky confirmed that events worth over 200 hours will be held in this format. However, it was not specified which events were involved. If we hear more, we’ll update this article.

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