DISH Network will air the new Planet Earth II series in 4K on channel 540, beginning Saturday, February 18. DISH subscribers need the Hopper 3 DVR and a 4K display to view the show at its full 4K resolution. DISH is also offering a free preview of BBC America to all subscribers from February 14 through March 30 so that anyone can watch the new episodes for no additional cost.
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DISH will deliver live in 4K Ultra HD the highly anticipated natural history series, Planet Earth II. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the series will simulcast on BBC America, AMC and SundanceTV on Saturday, February 18, with subsequent episodes airing on BBCA every Saturday night. DISH's 4K broadcast offers an unrivaled level of clarity to Hopper 3 customers who tune in to watch the planet's most remarkable creatures.
DISH is also offering an exclusive free preview of BBC America, from February 14 through March 30, giving customers access to Planet Earth II in both 4K and HD at no extra cost.
"It's been more than 10 years since the world was first wowed by the original Planet Earth, and the second installment promises to deliver unmatched detail in crystal clear 4K resolution," said Vivek Khemka, DISH executive vice president and chief technology officer. "We've heard our customers ask for more 4K content, so we're making every effort to deliver this programming to households as its availability grows."
BBCA President, Sarah Barnett, commented: "The breathtaking visuals in Planet Earth II are nothing short of astounding. We are delighted to partner with DISH in bringing audiences this groundbreaking series in 4K, allowing viewers to get even closer to some of earth's most incredible creatures and gorgeous landscapes."
Planet Earth II, a sequel to the remarkable 2006 original, is an immersive exploration of the islands, mountains, jungles, grasslands, deserts and cities of the world. Captured in stunning Ultra-high definition detail, the documentary also embraces the latest camera stabilization, remote recording and aerial drone technology.
The series will air on consecutive Saturdays from February 18 through March 25 in 4K on DISH channel 540, and in HD on BBCA channel 135. Planet Earth II is available to DISH customers with a Hopper 3 and 4K TV.
Last August, DISH delivered NBC's coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro in 4K, with coverage made available on one-day delay.