×

DirecTV to Carry MLB Network Games in 4K Ultra HD

AT&T-owned satellite service offers U.S. subscribers first live baseball games in UHD format

AT&T’s DirecTV continues to double down on high-end features and programming, in a bid to lure new customers and counter the ongoing threat of cord-cutting.

The satellite broadcaster announced a deal to deliver up to 25 MLB Network games live in 4K Ultra UHD this season — the first time Major League Baseball games will be available to U.S. viewers in the format, which offers about four times the resolution of 1080p HD. The telecasts will not be available in high dynamic range (HDR), which offers a richer palette of colors and contrast.

Ultra HD is beginning to take root, but it’s still relatively small. About 6.3 million UHD sets shipped in North America last year, forecast to double this year to 12 million units, according to research firm IHS.

DirecTV’s 4K baseball coverage will begin Friday, April 15, with the MLB Network Showcase game between the L.A. Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. The game, called by MLB Network’s Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci and Sam Ryan, will mark the first-ever live 4K UHD telecast of a Major League Baseball game in the U.S. Other upcoming games (subject to local TV blackout restrictions) are set to include the Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals April 19 and the Yankees at Red Sox on April 29 and 30.

Last week, DirecTV delivered the first live sports 4K UHD broadcast in the U.S. with Amen Corner from the Masters golf tournament. The satcaster was the first pay-TV provider to deliver 4K UHD VOD programming in November 2014, as well as the first to launch a full-time 4K channel travel shows, nature documentaries and original series.

To watch 4K UHD programming, DirecTV customers must have the latest Genie HD DVR (HR54) and either a DirecTV 4K Ready TV or a compatible UHD TV connected to the latest 4K Genie Mini.

Pictured above: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw

More Digital

  • Lauren Dolgen Is Out BuzzFeed Studios

    Lauren Dolgen Is Out as BuzzFeed Studios Boss After a Year

    Veteran TV producer Lauren Dolgen has exited as head of BuzzFeed Studios after one year in the job. BuzzFeed had hired Dolgen, a longtime MTV producer who worked on shows including “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant,” as head of BuzzFeed Studios to oversee the company’s slate of original content. Based in L.A., she had [...]

  • Snap-Derek-Andersen-Lara-Sweet

    Snap Fills Out Senior Ranks With CFO, HR Chief Appointments

    Snap CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel has turned in house to fill the company’s CFO and head of human resources positions, completing an overhaul of the Snapchat parent’s executive ranks after a series of high-level departures. The company announced the appointment of Derek Andersen, currently Snap’s VP of finance, as chief financial officer. Andersen will [...]

  • Oculus Quest Gets Netflix App, But

    Oculus Quest Will Have Netflix, but Not Plex or HBO

    Facebook’s new Oculus Quest headset is launching with a number of high-profile gaming titles this Tuesday. Media apps on the other hand will take a bit of backseat, with some key players sitting this latest headset out for the time being. First, the good news for anyone who has pre-ordered the headset: One of the [...]

  • Lester Holt

    Chris Berend Tapped to Oversee NBC News' Digital Efforts

    Chris Berend, an executive who has been overseeing digital video for CNN and helped launch Great Big Story, a streaming-video site aimed at younger audiences, will jump to NBC News to lead its digital efforts. Berend will replace Nick Ascheim, who will move into a new role that is described as “improving digital and product [...]

  • Vogue, Conde Nast Entertainment Make Robert

    Robert Semmer Joins Condé Nast Entertainment & Vogue as Vice President of Video

    Condé Nast Entertainment and Vogue have named former Vice and Fader video executive Robert Semmer as their new vice president of video. Semmer will be based in New York and report to Croi McNamara, senior vice president of programming for Condé Nast Entertainment. “Anna and I are thrilled to welcome Robert to our award-winning video [...]

  • CEO of T-Mobile John Legere (L)

    FCC Chairman Backs T-Mobile, Sprint Merger With New Conditions

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gave a thumbs-up to T-Mobile and Sprint’s proposed $26 billion merger, after the companies committed to enhanced 5G buildout commitments and agreed to spin off Sprint’s Boost Mobile. T-Mobile and Sprint first announced their plans to merge in April 2018, looking to combine forces to take on industry leaders AT&T and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content