Following advanced-television.com’s report that US pay-TV operator DirecTV is to broadcast a range of programming in 4K, satellite platform DISH TV has confirmed it is to deliver live natural history series, Planet Earth II in the format.
The series will simulcast on BBC America, AMC and SundanceTV on February 18th with subsequent episodes airing on BBCA every Saturday night. DISH says its 4K broadcast offers an unrivalled level of clarity to its Hopper 3 customers.
DISH is also offering an exclusive free preview of BBC America, from February 14th through March 30th, 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 instalment 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.”
“The breath-taking visuals in Planet Earth II are nothing short of astounding,” declared Sarah Barnett, BBCA President. “We are delighted to partner with DISH in bringing audiences this ground-breaking series in 4K, allowing viewers to get even closer to some of Earth’s most incredible creatures and gorgeous landscapes.”
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.
In August 2016, 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.