Planet Earth is Back; In 4k

So, I am a bit behind the times, as I have recently feel in love with the Planet Earth documentary after finding it on Netflix.  I am not sure what took me so long, but I am glad I found it.  Again, I am a few days late finding this information, but this may motivate me to actually buy a 4k set, rather than just talking about them.

A decade ago, Planet Earth motivated millions of consumers to upgrade to high-definition TV sets and DVD players to witness the megadocumentary’s marvels in glorious HD. Planet Earth II, which showed on Saturday, the 18th, on BBC America, may similarly serve as a billboard for the latest television technology.

Planet Earth II was shot in 4K ultra high-definition, offering an even more eye-popping experience for home viewers. AT&T’s DriecTV did broadcast in UHD, and will continue to repeat Planet Earth 2 through March.

As a DirecTV subscriber, you’ll need to have the latest version of the company’s Genie receiver, then tune to channel 104 on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET. (There’s also an encore showing at midnight ET.) DISH customers, meanwhile, will have to use a Hopper 3 receiver and watch on channel 540. The series will still be broadcast in regular HD on BBC America’s normal DirecTV and DISH channels.

As for nature lovers without satellite TV, there is one other option: wait. A 4K Blu-ray release of Planet Earth II is planned for next month, and is currently available for preorder on Amazon for around $50.

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11 Comments

  1. gadgtfreek

    Yep, already have my PEII UHD discs on order. No way would my first viewing of this in 4K be on anything other than the disc, bitrate from satellite can't compete.

    Same here, I bought the disc during Target's sale last week.

  2. Lord Dalek

    Shame DirecTV hosed me by giving me a crappy Non-4k Genie because that's all they had. >_<

    Due to this thread, since, I have the DirecTV Protection Plan, I was able to upgrade my Genie HR44 to Genie HR54 for 4K programming. Installation of my new Genie will be this afternoon.

  3. No 4K, just basic HDTV, but wow, this show is fantastic.

    Of course what they don't tell us are the hundreds of hours spent waiting and searching out locations, etc. to get 15 seconds of beautiful footage. We're seeing the teeny, tiny tip of a giant iceberg of labor and resources, but it's wonderful.

  4. Stan

    No 4K, just basic HDTV, but wow, this show is fantastic.

    Of course what they don't tell us are the hundreds of hours spent waiting and searching out locations, etc. to get 15 seconds of beautiful footage. We're seeing the teeny, tiny tip of a giant iceberg of labor and resources, but it's wonderful.

    From what I understand, they have been recording this for the past four years.

  5. Lord Dalek

    Shame DirecTV hosed me by giving me a crappy Non-4k Genie because that's all they had. >_<

    By the way, the new Genie HR54/200 doesn't actually process the 4K signal. It's the mini-Genie C61K-700 that processes it. That means the mini-Genie has to pair with your main HT display if it's 4K capable while the Genie HR54/200 has to pair with your non-capable 4K display. If you have more than one capable 4K display than you have to get an extra mini-Genie C61K-700 for each 4K display.

    Furthermore, these will be the last DirecTV Genie's. Something new is coming down the road with no release date. It could come later this year or two years from now. That's all the information my DirecTV installer had yesterday.

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