DISH to Deliver BBC America’s Stunning Planet Earth II Live in 4K Ultra HD

  • Launches dedicated 4K channel to broadcast the landmark natural
    history television series every Saturday from Feb. 18 through March 25
  • Offers exclusive free preview of BBC America beginning Feb. 14,
    giving all DISH customers access to Planet Earth II in 4K and HD at no
    extra cost

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DISH will deliver live in 4K Ultra HD the highly-anticipated natural
history series, Planet Earth II. Narrated by Sir David
Attenborough, the series will simulcast on BBC America, AMC and
SundanceTV on Saturday, February 18, with subsequent episodes airing on
BBCA every Saturday night. DISH’s 4K broadcast offers an unrivaled level
of clarity to Hopper
customers who tune in to watch the planet’s most remarkable

DISH is also offering an exclusive free preview of BBC America, from
February 14 through March 30, giving customers access to Planet Earth
in both 4K and HD at no extra cost.

“It’s been more than 10 years since the world was first wowed by the
original Planet Earth, and the second installment promises to
deliver unmatched detail in crystal clear 4K resolution,” said Vivek
Khemka, DISH executive vice president and chief technology officer.
“We’ve heard our customers ask for more 4K content, so we’re making
every effort to deliver this programming to households as its
availability grows.”

BBCA President, Sarah Barnett, commented: “The breathtaking visuals in Planet
Earth II
are nothing short of astounding. We are delighted to
partner with DISH in bringing audiences this groundbreaking series in
4K, allowing viewers to get even closer to some of Earth’s most
incredible creatures and gorgeous landscapes.”

Planet Earth II, a sequel to the remarkable 2006 original, is an
immersive exploration of the islands, mountains, jungles, grasslands,
deserts and cities of the world. Captured in stunning Ultra-high
definition detail, the documentary also embraces the latest camera
stabilization, remote recording and aerial drone technology.

The series will air on consecutive Saturdays from February 18 through
March 25 in 4K on DISH channel 540, and in HD on BBCA channel 135. Planet
Earth II
is available to DISH customers with a Hopper 3 and 4K TV.

Last August, DISH delivered NBC’s coverage of the Games of the XXXI
Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro in 4K, with coverage made available on
one-day delay.

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2016, with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most
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award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a
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