Scott Wilkinson ... Totally Hip

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1813

Scott joins Leo to talk about how to watch the Tokyo Olympics. This year, you can watch the games in 8K in Tokyo (though it's upconverted from 1080p), or if you have Comcast, you can watch it in 4K HDR through Xfinity, as well as through the NBCSports app. But only if your cable provider is a part of their network. YouTubeTV is also offering live streaming the games in 4K HDR, but you have to pay an extra $20 a month for the privilege after a free 30-day trial.  So you can do the trial, watch the games, and then cancel. Others, including NBC, are broadcasting in 1080p.

Streaming the Olympics Online Has Limits

Episode 896

The cable providers have demanded viewers who watch the Olympics streaming online verify they have either cable or satellite service. Leo says this is the last gasp of providers who are seeing users cut the cable in favor of watching their TV online. NBC also deliberately delayed the Opening Ceremonies and didn't stream it online. They claimed it's because it was "too sophisticated" to stream, but Leo says they wanted the ratings and the ad revenue, nothing more.