DIRECTV Latin America is launching an Ultra HD network through which it will air El Clásico in 4K on 6 May.
The network is available for DIRECTV’s pay-TV customers in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay, and it delivers a mixed programming with sports, series and documentaries from content houses like Discovery, Principal Media, K2, Vubiquity and Big Media.
El Clásico in Ultra HD will mark a milestone for DIRECTV’s 4K network, which is also to air some more games of La Liga and the Premier League before the season is over. The Champions League final will be also available in 4K through the channel.
In order to watch the linear, pay-TV network, subscribers will have to acquire DIRECTV’s Ultra HD set-top box, in addition to owning a 4K TV set.
Through this first 4K network, the AT&T pay-TV operator is eying the Ultra HD broadcasting of this year's World Cup in Russia. The football-focused 4K feed will be available in the same territories in which the signal is being now tested.
“We’re always looking for opportunities to deliver the best entertainment experience to our users,” said Marcus Owenby, AVP products, DIRECTV Latin America. “We’re now delivering 4K UHD to our Latin American customers for the first time.”