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Dish & DIRECTV Will Offer Planet Earth II In 4K

Dish announced this morning that it will also show the six-part BBC documentary series, Planet Earth II, in 4K, starting this week.

DIRECTV had previously revealed it will air the program in 4K on channel 104, which is one of its three channels dedicated to 4K programming.

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.

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Dish and DIRECTV will air the first part in the series, called Islands, 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.

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Dish, which is offering a free preview of BBC America from February 14 through March 30, said the 4K presentation of Planet Earth II will air on a new dedicated 4K channel, channel 540.

Owners of Dish’s Hopper 3 HD DVR will be able to view the 4K version.

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— Phillip Swann