Lions, tigers and bears – oh my! Planet Earth II to premiere live in 4K on DISH

Madagascar is famed for its lemurs a type of primate found nowhere else on Earth. There are about 100 different types - each adapted to different habitats on the island, from the rich gallery forest to the dry spiny thicket of the South.

It’s been more than 10 years since the world was first wowed by BBC’s Planet Earth, a nature documentary estimated to have been seen by more than half a billion people across the world. In eleven episodes, the series relayed breathtaking footage of our planet, intimately following the lives of the incredible animals that live among us. No doubt, we were left wanting more.

Well, we’ve got good news. On February 18, Planet Earth II will premiere on BBC America.

After the success of the original series, crews from the BBC Natural History Unit went back to work, traveling to 40 countries on 117 filming trips. They captured 2,089 days of footage to once again bring us access to the hidden lives of our favorite creatures – but this time in crystal clear 4K resolution!

We’re pumped to share that DISH will deliver the stunning Planet Earth II live in 4K. This means you can witness mother nature in four times more detail than before. Our 4K broadcast offers an unrivaled level of clarity to Hopper 3 customers who tune in to watch the highly-anticipated natural history series.

“Cool! So how do I watch?”

The first Planet Earth II episode, “Islands,” will premiere on February 18 at 9 p.m. EST on BBCA (channel 135), as well as on AMC (channel 131) and SundanceTV (channel 126). It will be followed weekly on BBCA with five remaining episodes focused on mountains, jungles, deserts, grasslands and cities.

Anyone with a 4K TV, and a Hopper 3 or 4K Joey connected to a Hopper 3, will be able to watch the series simulcast in 4K resolution from channel 540 in the DISH programming guide.

“But what if I don’t have the channels airing Planet Earth II?”

If you don’t subscribe to BBCA in your current DISH programming package, don’t sweat it. We’re offering an exclusive free preview of BBCA from February 14 through March 30 so you can watch every episode of Planet Earth II (in both 4K and HD) at no extra cost.

Mark your calendars, and get ready for another walk on the wild side.