DIRECTV’s Masters coverage begins tomorrow in 4K

Back and bigger than ever. DIRECTV once again brings you comprehensive coverage of the Masters starting tomorrow April 11. Channel 701 will have the interactive experience where you can watch up to 4 live streams at once, and for even more coverage, you’ll be able to see 4K coverage of the famed “Amen Corner” on channels 105 and 106. They’ll also show the 15th and 16 holes this year. Masters coverage was DIRECTV’s first live 4K experience back in 2016 and this year they’re back with even more coverage.

If your DVR is connected to the internet (and if it isn’t, why not?) you can press the right arrow button on your remote to bring up a menu of interactive apps including the Masters experience. It’s the easiest way to see what’s going on quickly.

I’ll admit that I’m not much of a fan of golf but the way DIRECTV does it, it’s exciting and fresh every year. With tons of HD and 4K content coming your way — all without an extra cost — you’ll find yourself getting drawn in just like I did.

Do you have what it takes?

This year the golf will all be shown in 4K HDR. Most modern 4K TVs will support this signal in some way, but you’ll need an HDR TV to really get the full effect. That generally means a 4K TV made in the last 2-3 years.

You’ll also need a DIRECT satellite setup that can handle the signal. You’ll need an HR54 or HS17 (Genie 2) system with a Reverse Band LNB and C61K 4K Genie Mini ClientSolid Signal offers an upgrade kit with everything you’ll need but the TV and HDMI cable.

Upgrading is easy if you have an existing system. Your friends at Solid Signal can take care of the paperwork and you can learn how to do the upgrade with our ultimate guide.

If you’d rather have professional installation, Solid Signal can set that up as well and you’ll get the same installers that you would get if you called AT&T directly.

Unfortunately it’s probably too late for Masters coverage this year if you don’t have the equipment you’ll need but you can get set up to enjoy tons of 4K action throughout 2019 and beyond.

If you don’t have 4K

You can watch most of the same action on CBS and ESPN, but what fun is that? I mean the ball is really tiny and you want to get the incredible amount of detail that 4K offers. If you have a 55″ or larger TV you can definitely see the difference. Plus, with HDR everything will seem more vivid and more realistic. Take a look at this tutorial which will teach you everything you need to know about high dynamic range television.

How to get started

If you’re still not set up for HD or 4K, give my friends over at Solid Signal a call at 888-233-7563 and while we probably can’t get you set up for this year’s tournament, you can enjoy a whole universe of sports while you’re waiting for next year’s.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.