While there are plenty of 4K TVs on the market, the selection of 4K content is still very much lacking. Thankfully, it seems as though that will change soon, with DirecTV announcing that it will begin 4K broadcasts starting in early 2016.
According to the company, the technology required for 4K broadcasts is already in place, and it says it wants to begin broadcasting in 4K before its competitors.
“Forty percent of people are going to have UHD TVs coming out of Christmas and they are going to be looking for something to watch. Our goal is to have them tuned to DirecTV and have as much linear live content, especially sports content, as soon as possible,” said DirecTV SVP of Video and Space, Phil Goswitz, in a statement.
It seems as though DirecTV was waiting until it had a sufficient amount of 4K content before it started broadcasting in 4K. Other services, such as TiVo, for example, have 4K-capable set-top boxes, however, the content in UHD is very limited, making it a little pointless to own such a box.
Of course, DirecTV did offer a 4K service starting last year, however, it was very restricted. Users were required to own the Genie HD DVR, and that box only worked with a few Samsung 4K TVs. Hopefully, DirecTV will have learned from this and will make its 4K offering much more user-friendly.
While DirecTV did say that it would begin broadcasting 4K content in early 2016, no specific date was given.