DIRECTV will show the six-part BBC documentary series, Planet Earth II, in 4K later this month, the satcaster has announced at its web site.
Planet Earth II, a follow-up to the critically-acclaimed 2006 documentary Planet Earth, first aired in Great Britain last November. The nature series, which is narrated by actor Sir David Attenborough, examines the mysterious connection between animal and nature, using state-of-the art photography and production techniques.
DIRECTV will air the first part in the series, called Islands, on channel 104 on February 18 at 9 p.m. ET. The next five installments will air every Saturday at 9 p.m. ET until completion.
The first part will be simulcast in High-Definition on BBC America, AMC and Sundance. The next five parts will also be simulcast in high-def, but will only air on BBC America.
In related news, DIRECTV has announced that it will air two Fox Sports college basketball games in 4K. The first one, Cal vs. Stanford, will air February 17 at 10 p.m., while the second one, Washington at UCLA, will air March 1 at 10 p.m. ET.
Both games will air on DIRECTV’s live 4K channel, channel 106.
— Phillip Swann