DIRECTV has launched a new 4K set-top that makes it possible to view the satcaster’s 4K content on virtually every 4K set in the market.
The new 4K Genie Mini, described as “about the size of a paperback book” and as far away from the beast of a box previously seen in the US as you can get. It also supports Dolby Digital Plus audio decoding.
“Customers who want the best picture quality are creating more demand for 4K,” said Henry Derovanessian, senior vice president Consumer Premise Engineering, DIRECTV, part of the AT&T family. “The new 4K Genie Mini allows us to meet that demand by expanding 4K access to more of our customers nationwide.”
DIRECTV launched 4K UHD programming in November 2014 through its Genie HD DVR, but subscribers found the content could only be viewed through a limited number of TV displays. The receiver initially supported Samsung 4K models, with plans to extend this to LG and Sony models later.
The new model extends DIRECTV 4K viewing to devices that don’t include the DirecTV RVU technology that allows viewers access DirecTV services without an external receiver.