**Time Warner offers an update to its Olympic HD coverage. See below in bold **
The games have begun, but if you’re wondering who’s actually offering the Olympics in high definition, I did some checking around.
NBC is broadcasting the games in HD at certain times of the day. Its Universal HD channel is broadcasting in HD 24 hours a day. Also, NBC has provided two sports-specific channels with 24-hours of either soccer or basketball. In total, NBC is offering more than 800 hours of coverage, which includes video on demand. In high-definition, NBC’s coverage is: NBC HD (225 hours), Universal HD (379 hours), USA HD (165 hours) and CNBC HD (95.5 hours, broadcast late at night)
Online, NBC’s Olympics site makes it easy to search sports schedules based on your TV service and region. Check the schedule at nbcolympics.com/tv_and_online_listings
But not every paid-TV service offers everything. Check out the list below:
Cox Communications — Offering HD Olympic soccer (channel 797) and HD Olympic basketball (channel 796) Both are free to digital cable customers. Also, its Olympic Showcase channel (shown above and on channel 998) gives viewers a glimpse at what’s happening on five channels simultaneously. Cox also offers on-demand coverage of the Olympics, though none in HD.
Time Warner Cable – Also offering the two special HD channels of just Olympic soccer (channel 413) and basketball (channel 422). The two channels temporarily replace MOJO HD (Ch. 422) and HD Special Events (Ch. 413) during the games. This is available to all areas that receive those channels. See Time Warner’s roll-out schedule for HD in various cities.
DISH Network – Free access to HD Olympic soccer channel (Ch. 99/367) and Olympic basketball (Ch. 98/365). There’s also numerous Video on Demand titles for free but not in HD (Meet the Athletes, Beijing 411), as well as the usual NBC channels (Universal HD on Ch. 366 is available to Platinum HD subscribers). Select DishHOME (Ch. 100) to get highlights of day’s events though not all are in HD. For foreign language coverage, the Mandarin Chinese broadcast is on Ch. 664, while Korean is on Ch. 655.
DirecTV – HD basketball will be on channel 754, while soccer will be on 755. Lots of video-on-demand content (ch. 1008) of the Olympics, though not all in HD.
Verizon FiOS TV — Just in time for the games, FiOS users got two more NBC HD channels, including CNBC HD, USA HD (in addition, FiOS added Bravo HD and Sci Fi HD). FiOS users also get the two 24-hour HD channels of soccer and basketball.
AT&T U-Verse — On-demand content features shows that wrap up the day’s events. AT&T Wireless is offering customers around-the-clock coverage on its mobile TV service, available at www.att.com/mobiletv.
For more Olympic coverage from The OC Register, visit the OC in Beijing page.