Posted Fri Aug 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
The satellite service provider intends to start offering Ultra HD content later this year.
According to a report from Multichannel News, DirecTV has revealed plans to provide 4K programming to its users. The goal is to initially offer on-demand Ultra HD content to viewers this year, with live streaming content to arrive by early 2016.
The news comes from DirecTV's CEO Mike White, who addressed the company's 4K plans in their second quarter earnings call. In order to provide live Ultra HD video, DirecTV will be launching two new satellites to increase their broadcast capacity. The satellites are expected to be in place within the next 18 months. With that said, DirecTV is confident that it can provide on-demand 4K content through its current equipment.
While manufacturers have been pushing Ultra HD TV adoption, actual 4K content has been scarce and mostly relegated to a few proprietary streaming boxes and select Netflix shows. This new plan from DirecTV marks a promising step in the right direction for those looking for more Ultra HD programming. Likewise, rival cable company Comcast is also said to be working on its own 4K delivery plans as well.
Source: Multichannel News
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