For the third year in a row, DIRECTV astounds with coverage of the Masters tournament. This year there are two channels, including one in HDR!
You’ll get live coverage of the “Amen Corner” of the 11th, 12th, and 13th holes on channel 105, and you’ll see live coverage of the 15th and 16th holes on channel 106.
DIRECTV kicked off its 4K service with Masters coverage in 2016. Since then DIRECTV has consistently delivered more 4K. They are the first provider to offer a steady stream of live 4K HDR programming. The Masters is a perfect opportunity to show the pristine picture and digital sound possible from 4K, and DIRECTV’s 4K quality is better than any streaming source.
Coverage starts today and runs through this Sunday April 8.
Do you have what it takes?
If you have already been watching the great 4K content from DIRECTV then you should be able to see this as well. I have personally confirmed that channel 105 is visible even if you don’t have the Reverse Band dish, but you absolutely will need a Reverse Band dish for channel 106.
If you haven’t upgraded to the Reverse Band 3 dish, it’s really time. It’s an easy upgrade in most cases and you’re going to need it for future 4K programming.
You’ll also need a Genie DVR. The new hotness is the Genie 2, which supports 7 rooms of programming. The HR54, which supports 4 rooms, is still available. With an HR54, you can also add other receivers to your account for a larger home.
For 4K, you’ll need a C61K Genie Mini Client, as neither the HR54 nor Genie 2 will output 4K by itself. Most HDR TVs will work with the Genie system. If you don’t have an HDR TV, the programming on channel 106 will show up as regular 4K, which is still pretty stunning.
All DIRECTV programming packages from SELECT on up have 4K access this year.
If you’re not 4K-ready…
A lot of pages on the internet are saying that you need a DIRECTV technician to install 4K service for you. You absolutely can use a tech if you need to, but most DIYers can activate 4K service by themselves by calling Solid Signal at 888-233-7563. Of course you’ll need an understanding of how to aim a satellite and some ability to make high-quality cables. You’ll also be responsible for making sure everything is set up properly, but that’s half the fun of DIY!
Almost everything you’ll need to know is available in our Ultimate Guide to Upgrading, a free download which will show you every step you’ll need to take. If you already have DIRECTV service you probably just need to change out the LNB and put in some new receivers.
I’ve seen the future…
and it’s full of 4K. It may have taken a long time to get here but 4K has finally arrived. This isn’t the time to sit on the sidelines and wait. Even if you’re not a golf fan now is the time to put in your 4K DIRECTV system. You’ll be amazed at the quality!