DirecTV Ready to Play Ball with 4K

After a couple of swings and misses, DirecTV says it’s ready to connect on its plan to broadcast tonight’s New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox matchup in 4K.

In partnership with MLB Network, the game from Fenway Park is set to start at 7 p.m., and will be offered in the 4K format to eligible subscribers on DirecTV channel 106.

The decision to go forward with tonight’s 4K broadcast comes after some recent set-backs.

Last week’s 4K broadcast of the Cubs-Cardinals game was relegated to an internal test, which followed a decision to postpone DirecTV’s first scheduled 4K MLB broadcast on April 15 between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers due to a “technical issue” with a third party’s field production truck.  

DirecTV, which recently  launched of three channels dedicated to 4K, originally planned to offer  25 MLB games in 4K during the regular season. The current 4K MLB broadcast schedule has eight games listed.

To get 4K, DirecTV subs need a Genie HD DVR (model HR54) or later and a 4K Genie Mini if they do not own a “DirecTV Ready” 4K TV. They’ll also need to pay for a professional install, which runs $50, and must be on the satellite TV provider’s Ultimate or Premiere package.