Friday, August 21, 2015

DirecTV launches a box just for 4K movies

DirecTV has been putting some effort when it comes to 4K content and apparently it is currently releasing a new set-top box, the 4K Genie Mini. This is a very important move for DirecTV considering that it started offering 4K service last year when just a very limited number of users had a “DirecTV Ready”.

To be able to use the 4K Genie Mini, users will need a 4K TV cable which supports HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2, and which is expected to become more common with time.

Its customers will apparently be able to rent a selection of movies and some documentaries in 4K. However, the selection of 4K content available will still be pretty limited, and in many cases the users will have to download the movie before watching, which in plain English means that unless you intend to rent the 4K movies on a regular basis, the 4K Genie Mini will be just an extra expense. Those interested in buying are expected to shell out some $99, but the price will vary for customers on different service plans.

Nevertheless, it is considered a necessary step for one of the US largest TV providers towards making 4K content available to users.

Credits: forbes , theverge

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