DIRECTV has unveiled its upcoming lineup for live 4K programs and, as usual, it’s dominated by sporting events.
The satcaster has revealed it will air part of this weekend’s U.S. Open golf tournament on its live 4K channel, channel 106. The 4K coverage will include holes 13, 14 and 15 for the first two days of the tournament, Thursday and Friday (June 15 and June 16.). DIRECTV will reveal broadcast start times later in the week.
Update: AT&T said late Monday that it will offer 4K coverage on all four days of the tournament, not just Thursday and Friday. Each day’s 4K broadcast will begin at 11 a.m. ET, although the 4K portion will be restricted to holes 13, 14 and 15.
The U.S. Open this year will be played at the Erin Hills course in Erin, Wisconsin, which is near Milwaukee.
DIRECTV has previously aired the Masters and a handful of other USGA golf tournaments in 4K.
On July 15 and 16th, the satellite TV service will air the World Series of Beach Volleyball live in 4K. Times will be announced later.
Finally, DIRECTV has revealed more Major League Baseball games that will air in 4K, Here is the schedule for the rest of June, and July. (Check local listings for times.)
6/14 – Cubs @ Mets
6/15 – Nationals @ Mets (may air on 4K channel 105, check channel guide)
6/23 – Angels @ Red Sox
6/26 – Cubs @ Nationals
6/27 – Cubs @ Nationals
7/14 – Yankees @ Red Sox
7/21 – Rangers @ Rays (RSN)
7/22 – Rangers @ Rays
7/23 – Rangers @ Rays (RSN)
7/29 – Giants @ Dodgers
To watch 4K on DIRECTV, you must also get a compatible 4K TV, a DIRECTV HD DVR54 Genie System (or above), and installation of the Genie by a DIRECTV technician.
DIRECTV recently changed the minimum package required to get its live 4K channel to Select so more subscribers could access it as well as the satcaster’s two other 4K channels, which are devoted to recurring programming and Video on Demand. However, the Major League Baseball games require a Choice plan or above because the MLB Network, which produces the games, is not available in the Select plan.
— Phillip Swann