Has anyone heard if we will be able to get 4K content on our Roku for the Winter Olympics via the NBC Sports app?
I haven't, but from what I know 4K is still a fairly new technology and a lot of broadcasters are not broadcasting in 4K yet. It's one reason why though I have a few 4K streaming devices including some of my Roku devices, I haven't thought much of investing in 4K televisions just yet because why invest money if it's not a universal standard as of yet?
I went through the same thing with the initial move from SD TV to HD TV almost ten years ago now. I waited until my old 32" tube TV in my bedroom blew and when I went to the store later that day to buy a new TV, the only option I had was HD so I am one who can legitimately say that I waited until I was literally forced to upgrade, Although it didn't sit well with me at the time and I had friends of mine telling me that I could have ordered an SD TV online, which got me to say I should be able to go to a store and buy a TV with no issue, once I got the HD TV and upgraded my equipment to HD, I didn't have too much of a problem and now HD equipment is like second nature for me. One of the things that has me hesitant at upgrading to 4K is I remember how a lot of manufacturers were releasing 3D TV's at insane prices, but that seems to have fizzled out as far as being something that would be close to an industry standard. The other thing that has kept me from it is I would need a TV that has picture modes on them that are capable of stretch and zoom to a 4:3 picture because I watch a lot of non-HD content (WWE Network, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, UFC, etc.) that have not invested as of yet to upgrade their non-HD content to HD and one of the TV's I have in my home appears to chop off the bottom of the picture when attempted to get the TV to a 4:3 stretch or overscan format.
I do research new TV's regularly, but of all the stuff I can look up, I have a real tough time finding information regarding which TV's have that capability where it will fit perfectly with a 4:3 format. As for my Vizio TV in my bedroom, it does format perfectly to 4:3, but I haven't been able to find information regarding if Vizio's newer TV's have the same features. Hopefully, I'll figure it out in time. Would be nice to know for when the time comes to buy 4K assuming that 4K is sticking around longer than 3D TVs.
As far as the Olympics, I think the main issue as has been the case in previous Olympics will be whether the time difference between the U.S. and where the Olympics are taking place this time will affect how people watch more than whether it will be 4K content, The NBC Sports app is something that will probably get a lot of use because of that. The only thing I didn't like about it during the last Olympics in particular, the Boxing tournament that I covered from here in the states is the feeds they used were not NBC, but from the Olympics own international broadcasts, though all of it was in English, you would think that NBC would have had their crews running those feeds. Outside of that one little thing, it was one of the easier Olympics I ever covered simply because I didn't have to wait for delayed broadcasts and had access to every session in full, though it was fun comparing the two presentations when more often than not the Olympics feeds would broadcast first and then coverage on the NBC networks would be delayed later on in the day.