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DirecTV Bows New Mini 4K UHD Set-Top Box

19 Aug, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel

DirecTV Aug. 19 announced availability of a new smaller set-top box enabling subscribers to stream 4K UHD content on compatible 4KTVs. 4K resolution is said to offer four-times the picture resolution of 1080p.

The satellite TV operator recently acquired by AT&T said the 4K Genie Mini, which is the size of a paperback book, enables users to stream 4K content to non-DirecTV 4K Ready UHD TVs from Samsung. It also supports Dolby Digital Plus audio decoding.

DirecTV currently offers a variety of 4K UHD titles, including new releases, nature documentaries and catalog films The Godfather, Transformers, Braveheart and Star Trek, among others.

DirecTV bowed 4K UHD programming in November 2014 through its Genie HD DVR. The Genie HD DVR allowed receiver-less connections to branded DirecTV 4K Ready UHD TVs (manufactured by Samsung) with instant access to DirecTV 4K VOD movies.

“Customers who want the best picture quality are creating more demand for 4K,” Henry Derovanessian, SVP of consumer premise engineering for DirecTV, said in a statement. “The new 4K Genie Mini allows us to meet that demand by expanding 4K access to more of our customers nationwide.”

Interested customers can find requirements for compatible 4KTVs at directv.com/technology/4k.

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