DirecTV To Present 25 Showcase MLB Games In 4K UHD
AT&T’s DirecTV used Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TV sendoff in New York City Tuesday to announce it will carry 25 showcase Major League Baseball (MLB) games this season in 4K Ultra HDTV resolution.
Beginning Friday, DirecTV will present its 4K-capable subscribers a live 4K UHD game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. The game will be called by MLB Network’s Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci and Sam Ryan, and will mark the first-ever live 4K UHD telecast of a Major League Baseball game in the United States, the satellite TV provider said.
The announcement was made at Samsung’s 4K SUHD TV event because Samsung revealed that starting this summer, its 2016 SUHD TVs will integrate interoperability between its TVs and the satellite TV service’s software platform to help new Samsung Smart Hub TVs make recommendations of DirecTV programming to TV owners.
The DirecTV set-top box will also be fully controllable by the remote of Samsung’s new TV models, and will present DirecTV’s 4K Ultra HD programming, including the new MLB Showcase games on select Samsung 4K Ultra HDTV sets.
Read more about 4K Ultra HD baseball on DirecTV after the jump:
DirecTV said that it will present up to 25 premier MLB matchups in 4K Ultra HD throughout the regular season as part of its Ultimate Package or higher.
“The 4K UHD experience on DirecTV will bring America’s pastime to life like never before in the convenience of the living room,” stated Dan York, AT&T Entertainment Group chief content officer. “As a leader in sports programming, we’re continuing to deliver more live events in 4K UHD and finding new ways to entertain our customers.”
Among the 4K UHD MLB games slated to appear on DirecTV this season are the following:
April 15 – Giants @ Dodgers
April 19 – Cubs @ Cardinals
April 29 – Yankees @ Red Sox
April 30 – Yankees @ Red Sox
To view the Live 4K UHD telecasts DirecTV customers will need: a DirecTV Ultimate or Premier subscription package; the latest Genie HD DVR (model HR54); either a DirecTV 4K Ready TV (equipped with RVU capability) or a compatible 4K UHD TV connected to the latest 4K Genie Mini thin-client box.
DirecTV currently offers subscribers a full-time 4K UHD channel and last week delivered the first live sports 4K UHD broadcast in the U.S. with Amen Corner from the Masters.
By Greg Tarr
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