Friday’s MLB Network Showcase game will mark the first-ever live 4K UHD telecast of an MLB game in the U.S. DirecTV plans this season to broadcast up to 25 MLB Showcase games in 4K.
The announcement follows DirecTV’s 4K broadcasts of the Masters Tournament earlier this month at the Augusta National Golf Club. That broadcast was the first-ever 4K broadcast of a live event in the U.S.
Also in April, the AT&T-owned company became the first multichannel video provider to launch a full-time 4K channel, which offers 4K content from the Audience Network, documentaries and other sources. In November 2014, DirecTV became the first multichannel video provider to deliver 4K UHD VOD programming, which is pushed to the DVR via satellite for local storage.
Other MLB games that will be delivered live in 4K are the April 15 Giants vs. Dodgers game, April 19’s Cubs vs. Cardinals, April 29’s Yankees vs. Red Sox, and April 30’s Yankees vs. Red Sox. More game details are available at MLB Network.
To view the baseball games in 4K, DirecTV subscribers need DirecTV’s Ultimate or Premier programming packages and must connect the company’s latest Genie HD DVR (HR54) to a 4K TV with HDMI 2.0 input and HDCP 2.2 copy protection. To view the content on additional TVs, consumers need DirecTV 4K Ready TVs or 4K TVs connected via coax to a Genie Mini set-top box.
The company last year launched several satellites to support 4K broadcasts and more HD capacity.