Skip to main content

Dish announces it will air BBC’s ‘Planet Earth II’ live in 4K Ultra HD

Planet Earth II: Official Extended Trailer - BBC Earth
Early last year, the BBC announced that Planet Earth would be returning to a series of new episodes aptly titled Planet Earth II, narrated by naturalist David Attenborough, who also narrated the original. Many a new HDTV owner used the original to show off their televisions, and this could very well do the same for 4K. To that end, Dish announced today that it would air the series in 4K Ultra HD when it premieres this weekend.

“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,” Dish executive vice president and chief technology officer Vivek Khemka said in a statement. “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.”

Of course, to watch in 4K, you’ll need to be using 4K-ready hardware from the company, like the Hopper 3 or 4K Joey. You’ll also need a programming package that offers BBC America. In case you don’t have a package featuring the channel but are curious about the new series, Dish is also offering a free preview of BBC America beginning on February 14 and running through March 25.

“The breathtaking visuals in Planet Earth II are nothing short of astounding,“ BBC America president Sarah Barnett said. “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 premieres on Saturday, February 18, and will be simulcast on BBC America, AMC, and SundanceTV, though only BBC America will offer the ability to view in 4K. The show will air in 4K on BBCA channel 540, and in HD on BBCA channel 135. For more information on Dish channel packages, see the company’s website.

Kris Wouk
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Kris Wouk is a tech writer, gadget reviewer, blogger, and whatever it's called when someone makes videos for the web. In his…
Jabra’s best wireless earbuds are 20% off for a limited time
Jabra Elite 10.

Over at Best Buy is one of the headphone deals to consider if you’re looking for a great gift idea. Today, you can buy the Jabra Elite 10 True Wireless In-ear headphones with Dolby Atmos support for $200, meaning you save $50 off the regular price of $250. Packed with great features, this is a great gift for someone or an upgrade for you. Here’s what we know about them.

Why you should buy the Jabra Elite 10
Jabra as a brand features quite prominently in our look at the best wireless earbuds thanks to offering great quality at an equally great price. With the Jabra Elite 10, you get some very useful features like spatial sound with Dolby head tracking. That means a more immersive experience with the earbuds creating a 3D audio environment so that as you move, the sound moves with you.

Read more
The most innovative streaming device of 2023
The Amazon Fire TV Max 4K was the most innovative streaming device of 2023.

Look, we’ll be completely honest here: There’s nothing particularly innovative about streaming devices these days. That’s actually a good thing. There’s nothing to blow up or reinvent from one year to the next, which points to a product category that mostly does what it does pretty well, allowing features along the edge to really differentiate.

That means when we do get new hardware, it mostly looks and acts like the hardware it’s replacing. To wit: A Roku is still a Roku. Chromecast with Google TV hasn’t been updated in a while. Apple TV plods along in that very Apple way with minor changes every couple of years.

Read more
The most innovative headphones and earbuds of 2023
The Hed Unity were the most innovative headphones of 2023.

In 2023, we saw plenty of great new wireless headphones and wireless earbuds emerge, like the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones, Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds, Anker Soundcore Liberty 4 NC, Sony WF-1000XM5, and the new USB-C variant of the Apple AirPods Pro 2.

Each of these products delivers better performance than its predecessors in one or more categories like sound quality, active noise cancellation (ANC), battery life, or spatial audio. But for a product to be considered innovative, it can't just offer incremental improvements. It needs to break new ground by offering us something new or by getting us to think about an existing feature in an entirely new way.

Read more