This weekend, DIRECTV and BBC America invite you to take a deep breath and embark on a magical, mind-blowing voyage into the most undiscovered place on our planet: the ocean.

Catch “Planet Earth: Blue Planet II” Saturday, Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. ET on DIRECTV 4K channel 104. We’re bringing it to you in a visually rich, 4K UHD1 (Ultra High Definition), a simulcast of BBC America’s event.

Presented by Sir David Attenborough and scored by Academy Award-winner Hans Zimmer, “Planet Earth: Blue Planet II” takes viewers on a revelatory and magical journey into the mesmerizing world of our oceans — by turn tempestuous and serene, exquisitely beautiful and bleakly forbidding. They cover 70% of the Earth’s surface and hold 97% of all the water in the world. There is more life in the deep sea than anywhere else on Earth, and it’s said we know more about the surface of Mars than the depths of our own planet. Our final frontier is the deep ocean – Earth's “inner space.”

The series uses breakthroughs in science and cutting-edge technology to explore this final frontier. It reveals astonishing characters, otherworldly places and extraordinary new animal behaviors.

Over 4 years in production, the “Planet Earth: Blue Planet II” teams mounted 125 expeditions, visited 39 countries, and filmed on every continent and across every ocean. They spent 6,000+ hours diving underwater, filming everywhere from familiar shores to the deepest seas. From the Gulf of Mexico to the Seychelles and from South Africa to Norway. 

And we know 4K live event programming. AT&T/DIRECTV has aired 4K events in sports, music, events and more! DIRECTV has 3 fully dedicated 4K TV channels (104, 106 and PPV channel 105) where you can watch both live and taped documentaries, concerts, series and pay-per-view events.

Just keep in mind, you need a Select Package or higher to watch Saturday’s 4K simulcast.


1. Requires a Genie HD DVR (model HR54 or later) and a DIRECTV 4K Ready TV, or a 4K TV connected to a 4K Genie Mini. (Additional & Advanced Receiver fees apply.) 4K account authorization and professional installation required. Go to for details.