DirecTV Launches 4K Ultra High Definition Service Last Friday

Some big news happened last Friday at DirecTV. They are the first to launch a 4K UHD satellite service. Sure, Netflix has offered a 4K service for a while, but the DirecTV service is very unique. DirectTV partnered with Samsung in a unique fashion that requires a Samsung 4K television to use the service! While no information was provided to users that have another brand of television, we can only imagine that this will be a temporary arrangement as more and more consumers are making the switch to 4K and UHD.

If you are not familiar with the 4K service, here is a brief description:

The service will provide programming with four-times the resolution of FullHD 1080p, which was the previous highest resolution level the service offered on certain channels. 

At launch, DirecTV said it will begin offering nearly 20 movies from both Paramount Pictures and K2 Communications with more titles to be announced soon. 

Customers will need an Internet-connected Genie HD DVR (HR34 and above), and a Samsung UHD TV that is DirecTV 4K ready, the company said. 

DirecTV is a 2015 CES Innovation Awards honoree for its 4K Ultra HD video-on-demand (VOD) lineup delivered via the DirecTV Genie HD DVR and DirecTV 4K-ready TVs. 

The Genie HD DVR allows receiver-less connections to supporting Samsung UHD TVs and creates instant availability of the 4K VOD movies directly to those televisions, DirecTV said.