With the free falling prices of TVs over the years, especially when new technologies are announced all the time, here we are with something that you might want to check out – the fact that traditional TV will soon receive live 4K channels, now how about that? This is certainly an improvement over 4K streaming, don’t you think so? This is also affected by the falling prices of 4K TVs for sure, as TV service providers begin to seriously look at live 4K telecast support. Having said that, DirecTV intends to lead the charge by rolling out a 4K (or UltraHD) service in early 2016.
DirecTV’s vice president Phil Goswitz shared, “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.”
Live programming of 4K channels on TVs are more challenging to roll out than 4K streaming, since 4K set-top boxes are touted to be the “first wave”, before TV networks begin to produce 4K telecasts of their own, and this is the direction in which DirecTV is headed. Right now, DirecTV boasts of a capacity for 50 UltraHD channels, in addition to their current HD and SD offerings.