4K is the future. Who knows how long it will stick around, but 4K is where we are headed at the moment. The thing is, until now, the selection of ultra-high-def content has been very limited. DirecTV wants to change that.
In an announcement made at New York’s TranSPORT conference, the company mentioned that it will start broadcasting live 4K content in early 2016. The company says that it already has the technology in place and wants to start streaming UHD shows before its competitors. That’s always a smart move. But DirecTV wants to make sure that it has an impressive selection of broadcasts ready before launch. Also a smart move. Maybe they have learned from the past.
Services like Roku and TiVo have both released 4K-capable set-top boxes but they don’t have a lot of UHD content to offer, so if you bought those you probably feel sad.
Last year the company premiered a 4K service, but it came with a lot of restrictions. You had to own the company’s Genie HD DVR and the set-top box only worked with a few Samsung 4K/UHD TVs. Hopefully they have learned from their mistakes. This 4K content should be user-ready. We don’t have an exact date yet, but stay tuned. We will let you know when we hear more.