What can I watch in 4K this Christmas?
There’s a great selection of films and TV shows for you to watch in 4K this festive season. Here are some of our faves…
Settling down with the whole family with a big box of chocolates and some great TV is a big part of Christmas. Now you can make those cosy nights even better with a 4K Ultra HD TV.
For anyone looking to replace their television in time for Christmas, 4K TVs are the way to go.
They give you up to 4 times the detail of your Full HD sets – meaning more detail and depth to your picture. It’s been a great year for 4K content, with even more available on Sky, Blu-ray, Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Here’s our pick of the best things to watch in 4K this Christmas.
Great movies in Ultra HD Blu-ray
There’s nothing quite like throwing on a good film after your Christmas dinner – even if you end up falling asleep by the time the credits roll.
Blu-ray has always been the best way to watch movies, but until now the technology was lagging behind the latest 4K TVs. Ultra HD Blu-ray is designed specifically for 4K TVs and the new 4K Blu-ray discs - offering 4 times the resolution of standard Blu-ray for greater detail and depth.
They also take advantage of another innovative technology, HDR, for more nuanced detail in shadowy scenes and more colours.
For the best home cinema experience, hook up your 4K TV to an Ultra HD Blu-ray player like the Samsung UBD-K8500/XU
Christmas football in 4K
Christmas is a time for friends and family – and sport. And now you can combine all 3 by watching big games on your 4K telly instead of traipsing to the match on a cold morning.
BT Sport 4K Ultra HD now shows top-flight footy in 4K – Champions League, the Premier League, Europa League and the FA cup.
Sky Q too shows top-flight football in Ultra HD, with 124 Premier league games in 4K resolution this season. Find out how to watch Sky Sports in 4K.
With either service see the action with 4 times the detail of Full HD. The detail is so good that viewers will be able to pick out faces in the crowd, as well as individual blades of grass and players’ boot studs.
For that immersive 4K football experience, get the LG 55UJ634V 55" Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV
Binge watch the latest box-sets
Behind on the latest box-set? Use the Christmas holidays to catch up with Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video on your TV. Apps for both streaming services are on most 4K TVs, and both have an ever-increasing roster of 4K shows, such as:
- Stranger Things: This nostalgic, 1980s-set US show is one of this year’s biggest hits – and it’s all on Netflix. If you loved the Goonies or ET, you’ll love Stranger Things
- Transparent: Golden Globe-winning comedy, all about a family that discovers a long-buried secret about their father. Get it at Amazon Prime
You can also access Netflix and Amazon on your 4K TV through the Amazon Fire TV stick with Alexa remote. It puts all your streaming and catch-up TV apps in one place, and offers instant streaming with no buffering.
Play your favourite box sets in superb 4K quality with the Sony Bravia KD55XE8596 55" Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV
Watch Sky Cinema in 4K
Sky Movies was relaunched as Sky Cinema in 2016, bringing 4K films to your 4K TV.
From ‘90s classic Forrest Gump – such a good family film for Christmas – to iconic gangster movie The Godfather (not so Christmassy) there are over 70 on-demand movies to download and watch whenever you want.
New films are being broadcast on the Sky Cinema channels, including premieres of T2 Trainspotting and Fifty Shades Darker.
To watch content in 4K you need the Sky Q Silver box and subscription package – find out more
The LG OLED55C7V 55” Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR TV’s OLED technology combined with 4K resolution creates richer pictures with deeper blacks and brighter whites as well as improved sharpness and detail.
Expect finer detail in shadowy scenes and more vibrant colours with HDR. Feel like you’re at the movies with the incredibly powerful and realistic sound produced by the Dolby Atmos sound system.
And it’s a Smart TV with Freeview Play – so you can catch up on shows and stream great content through apps. Just tell your magic remote what you want to watch and sit back and enjoy.