Amazon Filming All of Its 2014 Shows in 4K UHD

by on July 9, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – July 9th, 2014

Fans of 4K UHD now have a 2014 and 2015 TV show roster much more loaded with the high resolution content to look forward to.

Internet sales giant will be shooting all of its 2014 series, both comedy and drama, in ultra-high resolution 4K video format and will thereafter make those series available to viewers on a regularly scheduled basis.

The announcement that they would be doing this was made all the way back in December of 2013 and filming of Amazon’s full roster of TV series has by now already begun and is well in progress. According to Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, “We think customers are going to love watching these series in the highest resolution ever available to consumers, and we can’t wait to deliver it”

Amazon Studios, the company’s entertainment arm, is shooting a total of 5 different comedy and drama pilots for 2014 and will then invite customers to watch them, give feedback and help the company decide which of the five shows it will go ahead with for multiple episode filming.

These will be available in 2014 and 2015 on Amazon Prime Instant Video and Amazon’s LOVEFiLm in the United Kingdom.

The pilots include shows such as “The After”, created by Emmy award winning X-Files creator Chris Carter, “Bosch”, which is based on the bestselling Harry Bosch book series from Michael Connelly and “Mozart in the Jungle” by Academy Award nominee Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers.

The Company is making a serious effort to promote 4K content and TV technology. They have released information about the format, giving users helpful tips and advice on buying 4K TVs and other gadgets with UHD capability and their introduction of their own native 4K shows is just another major push in the same direction. This makes sense from a business standpoint given that Amazon sells almost every single one of the 4K TVs, display monitors, cameras, projectors and other devices on sale today to the public.

Their commitment to shooting in 4K is pretty much total given that Roy Price also clarified in 2013, “As a premium original content creator, we’re excited about 4K and the future of Ultra HD technology, particularly as we move into drama series..” and that, “All of the pilots and series we produce next year will be shot in 4K”.

Amazon isn’t alone in this massive 4K creation endeavor.  Streaming video distributor Netflix has also made clear that they will from now on be producing and shooting all of their own original series in 4K format and they are already living up to this promise with the streaming distribution of their extremely popular show House of Cards in Ultra HD format to audiences whose TVs and internet connections are capable of handling the format.

So far however, 4K content still remains a bit scarce in general though all trends indicate that this will change drastically in the next two to five years. If you as a consumer want to enjoy the extraordinary crystal clarity of 4K movies and TV shows, a 4K display monitor is a must at a minimum and a 4K TV will provide the best possible viewing option for an affordable price.

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