DIRECTV makes history: First 4K HDR broadcast tonight

It’s quite a thing. In a late announcement today, AT&T revealed that tonight’s Pittsburgh Penguins game vs. the Las Vegas Golden Knights will be broadcast in 4K HDR, the first broadcast of its kind from a pay-TV provider.

In order to enjoy the full quality that this broadcast provides, you’ll need the following:

  • DIRECTV HR54 or Genie 2 (HS17) DVR Server
  • DIRECTV C61K 4K Genie Mini Client
  • HDR-compatible 4K TV that also supports HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2.
  • The new “Genie GUI” menus that have been rolling out since mid-November
  • The latest client software, version 0xFBA or later

If you’re not sure of your software version, press and hold the {INFO} button on the DIRECTV Genie Remote until a screen comes up showing the client software version.

To check for HDR compatibility, press the {MENU} button, arrow down to Settings, then arrow over to Display. Press {SELECT}. Then arrow down to TV Color and choose TEST TV. If it says your TV supports HDR, you’re all set.

The game is expected to air on DIRECTV channel 106 at 7:00pm Pacific Time (10pm Eastern Time.)

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