Dish Streaming Netflix in 4K UHD9 Apr, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Dish Network has begun streaming select Netflix content such as Marvel’s “Daredevil” and original political series, “House of Cards” in 4K Ultra HD resolution via its updated Hopper 3 DVR and a compatible 4K television.
Dish, which made the Netflix app available on the Hopper 3 in February, also offers 4K UHD content from Sony Pictures, The Orchard and Mance Media.
Dish in December 2014 became the first major domestic multichannel video distributor to offer direct access to Netflix through an app embedded in Hopper. Direct access, which still requires a separate Netflix subscription, enables subs to link immediately with Netflix rather than an alternative Internet connection such as a streaming media device, laptop or computer.
“Netflix is actively taking steps to broaden the availability of Ultra HD content, with plans to provide more than 600 hours by the end of this year,” Vivek Khemka, EVP and CTO at Dish, said in a statement. “As the cost of 4K TVs continues to decrease, consumer adoption of and interest in Ultra HD technology becomes more widespread. We’re making every effort to provide our Hopper 3 customers with additional access to 4K programming as it’s made available.”
Netflix — in standard HD — can also be accessed on channel 370 in Dish’s programming guide.