DirecTV gets 4K boost with new satellite launch

US and Latin American satellite TV provider DirecTV is gaining extra capacity to deliver 4K content, following the launch of its DirecTV 14 satellite over the weekend.

DirecTV14 was launched on an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

DirecTV said the satellite it will deliver 4K quality content directly to viewers’ homes, along with more HD for local markets and backup for DirecTV’s existing fleet of six HD satellites.

“Today we achieved a significant milestone in the development and future adoption of 4K Ultra HD and ensured our customers will have an entertainment experience that is second to none for many years to come,” said Phil Goswitz, senior vice president, space and communications, DirecTV.

The satellite is due to begin operations the second quarter of next year and will provide additional capacity for the delivery of more 4K, Ultra HD programming and other advanced services to DirecTV customers across America – including in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.