Netflix and Amazon’s Streaming 4K Content is Now About to Arrive on your Panasonic UHD TV
by Stephan Jukic – September 4th, 2014
If you’ve been wondering what the heck you could possibly watch on 4K on a Panasonic TV that cost you less than previously more capable TVs by rivals Sony and Samsung, now you have an answer! The same streaming content as the competition’s TVs get.
Panasonic is finally working with both Netflix and Amazon to gain access to their innovative and rather unique streams of 4K shows and movies that both companies in many cases produce themselves in native 4K resolution.
The new range of upcoming AX902 TVs from the company will be equipped to take streams by the two companies of shows such as Breaking Bad, House of Cards and assorted movies that are all delivered in 4K resolution.
Furthermore, thanks to an upcoming firmware update and newly implemented HEVC video encoding compatibility, older AX800 and other Panasonic TVs will also be able to display Ultra HD streams from the two content delivery companies.
Up until very recently, none of the 4K capable models of TVs released by Panasonic were capable of handling 4K streams encoded in HEVC or 4K streams from either Amazon Studios or Netflix. In practical terms, this severely limited these sets’ access to an already shallow pool of 4K offerings and made them highly unattractive as UHD entertainment systems when compared to their much more robustly outfitted (in terms of content) rivals from Samsung and Sony.
Thus, despite their lower overall prices, Panasonic’s models were viewed as an inferior option for anybody who’s going to bother spending the money on a 4K TV system at all.
Panasonic’s latest flagship range of 4K TV sets promise extra 4K features in the form of full support for HEVC decoding and the added attraction of finally having the ability to replay content in the massive 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution at a smooth, ideal 60 frames per second. Previous models from the company could only play uploaded 4K at 30 frames per second and this too created an inferior entertainment environment thanks to the choppier video delivery.
Furthermore, given that other lesser brand competitors such as Philips and Toshiba are also creating new Ultra HD TV models with HDMI 2.0 (for 60 fps replay) and HEVC decoding available, Panasonic has no choice but to stay competitive and up to date.
Rumors also indicate that the company’s newly unveiled monster of a 4K TV, the 85 inch X940, will also be capable of the same specs described above.
However, bear in mind one crucial thing: No matter how good your new Panasonic TV or 4Kset from any other brand at all, you simply won’t be able to enjoy the full glory of streamed 4K offerings from Netflix or any other provider if your internet connection isn’t up to par.
You’ll need at least 20 Mbps of reliable connectivity if you want to actually see watchable, interruption free 4K content on your screen.
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