Here are Some More Great Sources of 4K Content for your Ultra HD TV
by Stephan Jukic – December 8, 2014
As Christmas gets closer, the prices of 4K TVs are also moving closer to the affordability line for many people who previously weren’t quite able to afford them.
Because of this, a lot of happy new owners of UHD sets from all of the major brands are cropping up and probably wondering what exactly they can watch in 4K now that they finally have their TVs ready to go.
Unfortunately, ultra HD content is still on the scarce side when compared to what you can get your hands on in HD. Fortunately though, this is rapidly changing and with a bit of searching and a bit of luck you can actually have a fairly decent selection of native ultra HD films, TV shows and other video content playing back on your new TV in no time.
And even if your 4K selection is still limited for some reason or another, there’s also the upscaling engine your TV has, which makes even watching normal 720p HD or 1080p Full HD content a lot clearer and more colorful than it would have been on a conventional TV.
Currently, the following are your some of main options when it comes to true native 4K movies and shows.
Though Netflix’s selection of 4K offerings is not as large as some others on this list, it’s undoubtedly the best known and most easily accessible and not to mention affordable.
If you have almost any 4K TV that’s been manufactured by a major brand in 2014 and also happen to have an internet connection of at least 20 Mbps, you’re good to go with Netflix 4K streaming. The plan that includes 4K is the bigger of the two Netflix offers and for 13.99 a month you can enjoy their full listing of ultra HD titles, which includes movies like “Star Trek”, “Marvel’s Avenger”, “Hitch”, “World War Z”, “Jerry McGuire” and “Smurfs 2” and also TV shows like “House of Cards Season 2”, “Breaking Bad”, “The Black List” and “Continuum”.
Like Netflix, Amazon Prime makes both its own original shows in 4K resolution and also streams assorted 4K content from other studios through its Amazon Instant Video Service.
Also like Netflix, the Amazon Prime Instant Video 4K streams are available to most name-brand 4K TVs from the latter half of 2014 so long as there is an internet connection with at least 20 Mbps present and as long as the TV in question has the ability to decode HEVC content.
However, unlike Netflix, which has been available since April of 2014, Amazon is taking its sweet bloody time to finally deliver the goods, after months of publicity the Primer 4K streaming service is going live only now in December. It’s included with the existing Instant Video package, which costs $99 per year to subscribe to.
Sony Video Unlimited
Got a Sony 4K TV, and especially one of their newer Bravia models? Then you’re good to go for Sony Video Unlimited. The service comes via a set-top hard drive box that you can buy for an additional dew hundred bucks to grace your new UHD TV from the company. As part of the deal, Sony allows you to choose 5 4K movies that come free with your TV/Media player combo but because they’re DRM protected, you’ll only have access to them until September 30’th 2016.
So far, the selections include “Total Recall”, “Premium Rush”, “Ghostbusters”, “Salt”, “Captain Philips”, “Moneyball”, “Battle: Los Angeles”, the “Amazing Spider-man” 1 and 2 and “The Patriot”.
YouTube actually gives you access to the most varied selection of 4K content available today, and all of its completely free to watch on your TV or 4K PC as long as you have a web connection that can handle the bandwidth needs (just as is necessary for accessing Netflix and Amazon Prime 4K content).
Unfortunately, the problem is that most of this content is, obviously, amateur, user generated video and not exactly Hollywood grade. However, there are a few very interesting gems on offer. One of them is the YouTube channel of GoPro, the manufacturer of the famous mountable Hero 3 & 4 UHD video cameras. They offer more than a few spectacular ultra HD clips of beautiful natural and cultural scenes from around the world.
Also, if you happen not to have enough connectivity power to access YouTube’s 4K content, you can always head over to Vimeo and download their new selections of ultra HD videos regardless of how fast your internet connection is.
Story by 4k.com