DirecTV sets launch of three 4K channels

DirecTV (NYSE: T) isn't just showing The Masters golf tournament in 4K, it appears to be launching three distinct UltraHD channels.

A product page discovered by TV Predictions reveals that the satellite TV operator will launch a dedicated 4K network on channel 104 of its program guide, dedicated to "nature documentaries" and original programming from DirecTV's own programming network, Audience.

Channel 105 will also be a full-time 4K channel, offering pay-per-view movies and short-form documentaries in 4K, which DirecTV notes, will not require a lengthy download. Channel 106 will feature events in 4K, such as The Masters, which was announced last month by DirecTV.

All three channels are set to launch this week.

According to TV Predictions, DirecTV customers wishing to view the channels in 4K will need an HR54 HD DVR or higher, a subscription to DirecTV's Ultimate or Premier programming tiers, a 4K mini Genie system, and a 4K TV.

Households will be able to view only one 4K program at a time, even if they have multiple 4K TVs.

This is the first major move in regard to 4K DirecTV has made since first debuting limited 4K service in late 2014.

For more:
- read this TV Predictions story
- see this DirecTV product page

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