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DIRECTV to Air Blue Planet II In 4K

Satcaster also reveals new sports programming in 4K.

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DIRECTV has disclosed its latest lineup of upcoming 4K programs, and it includes the BBC documentary, Planet Earth: Blue Planet II.

The nature series, which will be simulcast in HD on BBC America, will air on DIRECTV’s channel 104 at 9 p.m. ET on eight consecutive Saturday nights, starting January 20.

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Planet Earth: Blue Planet II, which is a follow-up to the BBC documentary, Planet Earth, examines the beautiful and sometimes mysterious world of oceans. The BBC says the show took more than four years to produce and required 125 expeditions to 39 different countries.

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Blue Planet II teams spent more than 6,000 hours diving underwater and filming everywhere from the Gulf of Mexico to the Seychelles to Norway.

The show will be presented by Sir David Attenborough with a music score by Hans Zimmer.

Get Blue Planet II On 4K Blu-ray: $49.69.

DIRECTV has also announced the following live sports programming will air on its live 4K channel, 106:

NBA
Minnesota at Sacramento (February 26, 10 p.m. ET) – Available in 4K HDR.

English Premier League Soccer
Man City vs. Newcastle (January 20, 12:30 p.m. ET)
Tottenham vs. Manchester United (January 31, 3:00 pm ET)
Liverpool vs. Tottenham (February 4, 11:30 am ET)
Tottenham vs. Arsenal, (Time and Channel TBD)
Manchester United vs. Chelsea (February 25, 9:05 am ET)

NCAA Basketball
Oregon State vs. Stanford (February 1, 11 p.m. ET)

UFC
UFC 220 – Miosic v. Ngannou World Heavyweight Championship
Pay Per View Event at 10:00pm ET (Ch. 106) (Available in 4K HDR!)

To watch the live 4K channel on DIRECTV, you must get a compatible 4K TV, a DIRECTV HD DVR54 Genie System (or above), and installation of the Genie by a DIRECTV technician.

DIRECTV has 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 (channels 104 and 105), which are devoted to recurring programming and Video on Demand.

However, the NBA games require an XTRA package or above.

Last note: If your 4K TV does not support 4K HDR, the broadcast will still display in regular 4K.

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