DirecTV begins satellite 4KTV service with Samsung
Michelle Clancy
| 14 November 2014
US satellite giant DirecTV has kicked off its 4K UltraHD content rollout, with the availability of 19 4K films from Paramount Pictures and K2 Communications.

The company has also teamed up with Samsung as its exclusive CE 4K UHD launch partner. Customers who have DirecTV's Genie HD DVR will be able to watch 4K programming on supporting 2014 Samsung UltraHD TVs.

"For more than 20 years, DirecTV has been changing the way people watch TV, as the first to move the industry from analogue to digital to HD, and now the ultimate TV experience with 4KTV," said Romulo Pontual, executive vice president and CTO at DirecTV "The picture quality and depth of detail that 4K provides is nothing short of remarkable and we will continue to expand our 4K line-up as consumer demand grows and evolves."

Mainstream movies available at launch include Forrest Gump, Star Trek (2009), Amistad, the Terminal, McLintock! and Transformers: Age of Extinction. The K2 content, which is known for its distribution via IMAX theatres, includes the Last Reef, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, Antarctica, Dolphins, Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag, Dinosaurs Alive!, Coral Reef Adventure, Space Junk, Yellowstone, Legends of Flight, Rescue, the Ultimate Wave Tahiti and Mysteries of the Great Lakes.