You used your tax rebate to get yourself a new 4K TV but the problem is everything looks the same. That is probably because everything is the same. Unless you are watching 4K HDTV content on your 4K TV, you’re wasting it. It’s like driving a Maserati behind a little old lady in a Ford Escort on their way to church.
Unfortunately for you 4K content isn’t coming along that quickly, however we’ve done our research and we can tell you where to find that 4K content. Just remember that in order to get 4K content you will need to stream directly through your 4K TV or spend the money to get a 4K enabled streaming device.
This is the big player when it comes to devices for 4K watching. Originally it was configured to work with only Sony 4K television, but towards the end of 2014 Sony was nice enough to unlock their player so it would work with any 4K TV that has an HDMI 2.0 input and HDCP2.2.
Sony’s player doesn’t stream movies, rather it downloads them onto its 1TB hard drive, unfortunately this means that you don’t get the same instant gratification as you would with streaming as it can take an hour or more to download a movie. Sony claims that by downloading the movies you will get superior video quality over streaming.
The player currently has access to over 200 4K titles including several series and movies such as;
- American Hustle
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2
- Lawrence of Arabia
The Sony FMP-X10 can also handle Netflix, which has it’s own offering of 4K content and they have plans to introduce Amazon Streaming later in the year.
Currently Streaming: 4K HDTV Shows
In order to get the 4K content you have to subscribe to their highest priced plan and they don’t currently have a lot of 4K content so it may not be worthwhile for you. What Netflix does have is referred to as Ultra HD 4K. Current content includes many familiar shows and a few not so familiar such as:
- House of Cards
- Marco Polo
- Breaking Bad
- The Blacklist
- The Smurfs 2
- Jerry Maguire
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
- Moving Art
According to Neil Hunt, Netflix’s chief product officer, “In a three- to five-year time frame I’m expecting more than half the televisions sold will be 4K televisions,” he then goes on to predict, “More than half of the new content coming onto Netflix will be 4K.”
So we can definitely look forward to more 4K content coming here soon.
Amazon Instant Video
Like Netflix you will need to upgrade to the Prime package if you want to watch 4K content. As a prime user you will have access to original series and the 4K movies such as:
- Mozart in the Jungle
- Alpha House
- Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street
- Orphan Black
- Funny Girl
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
- The Other Guys
- Captain Philips
- The Amazing Spider-Man
There are a few 4K titles available to non Prime members, but they are few and far between.
This is the new kid on the block and they are striving to be the Netflix of 4K. Ultraflix does not offer a subscription service and will not let you purchase videos, instead they let you rent them for 48 hours. They are currently available on Samsung and Vizio 4K TV’s with a few others such as Sony in the works.
Most of their content seems to be IMAX films, concerts, and cover categories such as Action Sports, Travel, and Automotive but they have several movies including:
- World’s Fastest Indian
Currently their selection is limited, but they are ranking their films based on their origins. Silver movies are upconverted to 4K from 1080p, Gold are direct film transfers and 4K shows and movies are ranked as Platinum.
Youtube has a variety of documentaries and travelogues in 4K, however in order to watch them you need to connect a PC to your TV.
There isn’t much for fans of 4K yet, but 4K HDTV content is on it’s way. All of these choices should have more options soon, especially Netflix.
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