DirecTV subscribers who wish to watch a Major League Baseball game in full 4K will have to hang on a while longer. Telco AT&T, which acquired DirecTV last year, made a statement saying that it seeks to deliver “the best possible 4K Ultra HD signal for future live broadcasts, DIRECTV and MLB Network will conduct an internal test of the signal during tonight’s Cubs vs. Cardinals game,” and added that the game will be made available to subscribers in HD but not in 4K. “Moving forward, we are committed to delivering the best experience for our customers.”
The satellite TV company has already postponed its first scheduled 4K MLB broadcast last Friday, between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers. They cited a technical issue with a third party’s field production truck as the reason. It was after this that AT&T announced the plan to run the internal test, instead of giving the 4K feed to customers who have a compatible TV and receiver setup. The April 15 match was supposed to be the first of 25 MLB games, which were shown in the new format during the regular season.
The UHD internal test of the game is a minor setback after the success streaming the Golf Master’s at Amen corner earlier this month. DirecTV’s 4K initiative started with their recent launch of three channels in the new format, and alongside this, they also announced the intention to show 25 MLB games in 4K, during the regular season. The next scheduled 4K MLB broadcast is for April 29, set to cover the matchup between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
Getting 4K programming in your home requires having a Genie HD DVR (model HR54 or later), as well as a 4K Genie Mini if you don’t have a DirecTV Ready TV. Subscribers opting for this would also need to pay for professional installation, which is $50. Another requirement is that they should be on the Ultimate or Premiere package – just any DirecTV Family package will not do.
4K is tempting to consumers not just for the raw resolution it provides as a means to a truly immersive experience, but also other cool technologies like High-Dynamic Range, Quantum Dot and OLED panels. 4K Ultra HD TVs display four times as much detail as 1080p Full HD, which brings the number of pixels up to 8 million.