Amazon reveals 6 new Original series that are coming out in 4K Ultra HD

by on September 23, 2015

Stephan Jukic – September 23, 2015

Subscribers to the Amazon Prime Instant Video service, and particularly subscribers who can get the crystal clear 4K UHD goodies that this service has to offer now have something more to look forward to in the fall besides Halloween.

Amazon has revealed the detailes behind 6 new pilot TV shows which are scheduled for release over the next couple of months exclusively through the company’s Prime service to customers in the U.S UK, Austria and Germany.

Furthermore, the company has revealed that all six of these shows will be filmed in full native 4K ultra HD resolution for streaming through the Amazon 4K TV app and through the company’s new Fire TV box that Amazon also revealed last week. The Fire TV box is of course also compatible with 4K resolution.

Of the 6 new shows, three are half hour pilot episodes and three are a full hour long while coming from a broad range of genres and featuring a number of well-known actors.

With the six new offerings, we have a Civil War western series, a type of biopic and a family comedy in the style of many others already seen on premium TV channels in the past. Furthermore, the talent behind these series is definitely broad, with writing by Lethal Weapon and Iron Man writer/director Shane Black, and the entertainment skills of Borat creator Sacha Baron  Cohen as well. Additionally, the new shows will feature actors like Christina Ricci and David Strathairn.

As for the specific details of the six pilot episodes: the three half-hour series are called Highston, One Mississippi and Z. The first of these, Highston, is a family comedy about “invisible celebrity relationships” and was created by writer Bob Nelson from Nebraska and produced by none other than Sacha Baron Cohen. One Mississippi on the other hand is also a comedy but one which focuses on the story of a woman struggling with a return to her childhood home while dealing with the sudden death of her mother.

The last series, Z, is a biopic that focuses on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, a beautiful and brilliant Southern Belle who became a major icon of the 1920’s Jazz Age in the U.S. This is the pilot episode which features actress Christina Ricci and was written by Dawn Prestowich and Nicole Yorkin, who was previously involved in the series The Killing.

"Edge: The Loner" is one of the new hour long Amazon Original Series pilots being released to viewers in 4K UHD

“Edge: The Loner” is one of the new hour long Amazon Original Series pilots being released to viewers in 4K UHD

The three hour-long pilot epsiodes go by the titles Edge: The Loner, Good Girls Revolt and Patriot. The most notable of these three is the pilot for Edge: The Loner, which focuses on the violent life and adventures of a “Union officer turned cowboy who prowls the post-Civil War American West doling out his own peculiar (and savage) brand of justice”.

This show stars True Blood star Ryan Kwanten.

Finally, we come down to Good Girls Revolt and Patriot. The former is a story about the lives of three female staffers in a TV newsroom who are trying to find equal treatment in the male-dominated career world of 1969 and is based on a number of important sexual discrimination cases that were detailed in Lynn Povich’s book with the same name.

As for Patriot, this particular pilot is a political thriller which follows the life of an intelligence agent named John Tavner, running against the clock on a high-stakes mission to keep Iran from turning into a nuclear power. This last one hour pilot has been written and directed by Steven Conrad, who is also the writer behind The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Ben Stiller and The Weather Man, with Nicholas Cage.

What Amazon aims to do with the six new pilot episodes is offer its customers a chance to view all six, offer their feedback and thus suggest either improvements or which particular series they’d like to see stick around for full seasons. This way, the company can invest minimal resources into a single episode and only move ahead with a much larger budget per series after knowing that viewer feedback was solid.

According to the company, viewers who want to watch the pilots (and Amazon’s other 4K and HD programming) can do so through more than 400 different devices such as Amazon’s Fire TV box, Fire TV stick, Fire tablets, an iPad, Android tablets of assorted types, iPhones, Android phones, Amazon Fire phones and of course from their own web-connected smart TVs and the usual list of gaming consoles like the Xbox, Playstation and Wii console.

Of course, users who want to watch these series in full ultra HD resolution cannot use just any of the above devices. For the 4K pilot experience, a 4K UHD TV with HDCP 2.2 and HEVC will be required, along with access to Amazon’s streaming app and an internet connection with a speed of at least 20 Mbps, 15 in a pinch.

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