DirecTV Now Offering 4K VOD

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Thumbnail image for directv_UltraHD_180.jpgYesterday, DirecTV put out the press release below, indicating that 4K video-on-demand content will be available beginning today to customers who own both a Genie HD DVR and a compatible Samsung UHD TV. At launch, the 4K VOD service offers 19 titles, listed below and including Transformers: Age of Extinction, Star Trek (2009), and Forrest Gump. Compatible Samsung TVs are those that have built-in RVU technology, which according to DirecTV's website includes all 2014 smart UHD models.

From DirecTV
DIRECTV continues its two-decade legacy of TV innovation this week by becoming the first multi-channel video provider to offer 4K Ultra HD programming direct to customers' TVs.

Tomorrow, DIRECTV will begin offering a variety of new releases, popular films and nature documentaries in 4K, the industry's best picture quality that features life-like clarity with nearly four times the resolution of HD. DIRECTV has teamed up with Samsung, the leading brand in UHD TVs, as its exclusive CE 4K UHD launch partner. Customers who have DIRECTV's Genie HD DVR will be able to watch 4K programming on supporting 2014 Samsung UHD TVs.

DIRECTV's 4K Ultra HD programming is delivered in the highest resolution available and enables viewers to see sharper detail, smoother lines, and a richer color palette--even up-close images are clearer and more realistic. At launch DIRECTV will begin offering nearly 20 movies from both Paramount Pictures and K2 Communications with more titles to be announced soon. Movies include:

Forrest Gump
Star Trek (2009)
Amistad
The Terminal
McLintock!
Transformers: Age of Extinction
The Last Reef
Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs
Antarctica
Dolphins
Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag
Dinosaurs Alive!
Coral Reef Adventure
Space Junk
Yellowstone
Legends of Flight
Rescue
The Ultimate Wave Tahiti
Mysteries of the Great Lakes

Customers will need an Internet-connected Genie HD DVR (HR34 and above), and a Samsung UHD TV that is DIRECTV 4K Ready.

DIRECTV has been recognized as a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree for its 4K Ultra HD VOD lineup delivered via the DIRECTV Genie HD DVR and DIRECTV 4K Ready TVs. The DIRECTV Genie HD DVR, which is currently in millions of DIRECTV customer homes, now allows receiver-less connections to supporting Samsung UHD TVs and creates instant availability of DIRECTV 4K VOD movies directly to those televisions.

Additional Resources
DirecTV to Offer 4K VOD by Year's End at HomeTheaterReview.com.
DirecTV beats cable companies to 4K at DigitalTrends.com.


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