DirecTV to offer up Live 4K consumer broadcasts for the “Amen Corner” at 2016 Masters Tourney
Stephan Jukic – March 09, 2016
In a follow-up to some interesting new consumer explorations from other major broadcasters in the world of live 4K sportscasting, DirecTV is now moving towards delivery of live 4K broadcasts during the next month’s Masters Tournament in Augusta National Golf Club. This will be yet another consumer UHD broadcast event and it opens up some interesting possibilities.
DirecTV parent company AT&T has said that it will offer up all four rounds of the tournament play between April 7th and 10th from 10:30 am to 6pm ET in their newly popular pixel-loaded 4K format.
However 4K coverage of these events will be limited to the so-called “Amen Corner”, which is what Augusta National’s 11th, 12th and 13th holes are colloquially called.
The live 4K TV broadcasts of the golf events will be delivered to DirecTV subscribers who have UHD 4K TVs that can support at least 60 frames per second and who are also subscribed to DirecTV’s Ultimate or Premier packages, with an authorized 4K customer account. Furthermore, subscribers who meet these criteria will also need to have a new Genie HD box (HR54 model) or a DirecTV 4K-ready or compatible TV, meaning that the television in question should also include HDMI 2.0 capacity and HDCP 2.2 content copy protection security, connected to DirecTV’s latest 4K Genie Mini device.
The 4K Genie Mini has been available to consumers since August of 2015.
The live 4K coverage of these select Masters tournament games is coming to subscribers as a sort of forerunner to the highly anticipated debut of a new DirecTV 4K content channel, which is expected later in 2016 and which will include 4K ultra HD content from the DirecTV Audience Network. Offerings will include TV shows documentaries and select movies as well.
DirecTV’s first 4K UHD offerings for the consumer market arrived in November of 2014 with a limited release library of VOD content for select 4K TV models.
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