Monday, March 14, 2016
Now that we have UHD TVs, streaming content, and optical discs and players, live broadcasting is one of the last puzzle pieces in the transition to a complete UHD ecosystem. Terrestrial UHD broadcasting—ATSC 3.0—is still under development and probably a couple of years away from full implementation, but satellite transmission is another story. According to a report at Digital Trends this week, DirecTV will launch its 4K channel by broadcasting the Masters Tournament golf classic from Augusta National Golf Club April 7-10, 2016.
Last December, DirecTV launched a satellite dedicated to 4K/UHD, which is parked in geosynchronous orbit at 99 degrees West longitude and uses an advanced beam-forming network to provide service to all 50 states and Puerto Rico. As far as I know, the service is not available elsewhere in the world—yet.