DirecTV has announced plans to start broadcasting live 4K content in early 2016. The company currently has the ability to transmit up to 50 new UHD (4K) channels, and live sports transmissions are already being tested as part of next year’s rollout. DirecTV already has the hardware in place, and wants to get ahead of cable companies and provide viewers with 4K content they can’t get from their cable companies. DirecTV is moving into working with partners to create more 4K content. Currently Netflix and YouTube have some 4K video ready to stream, but most companies continue to focus on hardware. Roku and TiVo recently came out with updated set-top boxes ready for 4K streaming, but they still have to work with the finite amount of 4K content available.