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.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1311

Leo bought the XBox One S with a 4K Blu-ray player, but it meant that he had to buy a 4K TV. So he bought the 65" LG B6 OLED 4K TV. Leo says it's stunning how thin the TV is. But then he had to buy the Denon 910 because the UHD signal couldn't pass through his old AV receiver. That also meant he had to buy cables. Scott says that Leo didn't have to buy new HDMI cables unless they were really old ones. Any HDMI cable from the last few years should be able to handle the 18GB connection required. The real key is the ports on the AV Receiver.

How can I stream the Olympics if I don't have cable?

Olympic rings

Episode 1055

Randy from Seattle, WA

Leo said that NBC spent a lot of money to get exclusive control of the Olympics and to see it online, Randy has to verify who his cable or satellite subscription is with. The only way to complain about this is to complain to the Olympic Committee, but they're making money hand over fist. The BBC, by contrast, is streaming it live and some people run VPN software to log in and watch it live as it happens. It's an illusion that the Olympics are a great public spectacle. They really aren't. It's a commercial enterprise now.

Scott Wilkinson, Home Theater Magazine

Episode 897

Scott joins us to talk about watching the Olympics on a giant projection screen and how Leo's home theater surround sound can cause neighbors in his apartment complex to complain. Scott says that Leo's receiver may have a "midnight mode," which compresses the dynamic range of so that it doesn't make it too loud to pass through walls. It won't give him as much of the theater experience of Surround Sound, but it'll keep the neighbors happy.

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.