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DIRECTV 4K Ultra HD Programming is here! Are you ready?

DIRECTV is the first pay-TV provider with live 4K content! You'll see live sports, events, and plenty of exclusive 4K programming when you tune to DIRECTV's 4K channels, plus tons of downloadable pay-per-view content, all available in stunning UHD 4K.


What do you need for DIRECTV 4K channels?

In order to get all the great 4K programming DIRECTV has to offer, you'll need the right hardware and programming. The DIRECTV HR54 Genie DVR is an absolute must-have. Without it, you won't receive any 4K TV programming at all. You'll also need some way to watch 4K since the HR54 does not output a 4K signal. The DIRECTV C61K 4K Genie Mini Client is the right choice for you. You'll need a 4K TV with at least one HDMI port that supports HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2, and a high-speed HDMI cable connect it all up. Finally, you will need to have the Premier or Ultimate programming package to see 4K channels.


Can you use a Smart TV instead?

If your Smart TV is DIRECTV 4K ready, you don't need a C61K 4K Genie Mini Client. Here's a compatibility chart to help you figure out which TVs will work. However, be advised that the TV will need to be connected using DIRECTV coaxial cable and a Broadband DECA. The Wi-Fi adapter in the TV will not let you connect for DIRECTV 4K, and running Ethernet cable may not work depending on your TV model. Here's a guide for getting connected.


Do you need a new dish?

During the launch period, you will only need a standard Slimline dish. However, we expect that sometime in 2018 a new dish will be required for DIRECTV 4K service. That new dish will be needed because 4K programming will move to new satellite frequencies. This is the dish that you will need. If you have a Slimline dish already, you may be able to upgrade it rather than replace it. This guide will tell you everything you need to know.


How can you find 4K video and TV content?


Finding DIRECTV 4K programs is easy. Press the {MENU} button on your remote and go to "Search and Browse." You'll see the big 4K icon there, where there was only blackness before. This brings up the 4K menu. 

The 4K menu shows you all the downloadable 4K content that's available. You can check prices by highlighting something and pressing the {SELECT} button. As with all pay-per-view content, you're not charged until you start watching. 


Some things to know about 4K content...

4K downloads are a lot larger than regular HD downloads. In our tests, a 45-minute sample movie took almost two hours on a 60 megabit line in the lab. If you're interested in watching 4K, plan ahead. Also, be mindful of those data caps. From the best information available in the lab, that 45 minute video was about 50GB in size. A few of those are going to bust through your data cap pretty quickly. 

4K programs have a little "4K" icon next to them in the playlist. If you're not in front of the 4K TV, they will also have a little red circle indicating they can't be played on that TV. 4K content is only playable on the C61K 4K Genie Mini Client or a DIRECTV 4K Ready TV. You can't play 4K content on an HD or SD television. However, you can record content and save it for later. Each hour of recorded 4K content takes about 1.5% of your DVR's recording space.

Live 4K content is on a dedicated set of channels in the 100s. If you can't see 4K channels, press the {INFO} button while watching live TV, then arrow over to "Favorites." Arrow down to "Channels I Get" and press {SELECT}. You can also search for 4K content by pressing {MENU}, arrowing down to "Search and Browse" and entering 4K as the search term.