What can I watch on my 4K TV?
From Netflix and top-flight football on Sky and BT to super-sharp Blu-ray and HDR video – who says there’s nothing to watch in 4K? You can enjoy sharper detail, more colours, greater depth and faster contrast rates with a 4K Ultra HD TV.
Why do we need 4K content?
Because 4K TVs can produce 4 times as much detail as your HD TV (thanks to having millions more pixels). But to get the best from those added pixels you need content that was recorded, shot or mastered in 4K.
Sky TV, Netflix, Amazon and BT all have 4K content. So what can you watch on your 4K TV?
In a nutshell: See top-flight football and the 2017 international motor racing season like never before
Remember how much of a game-changer it was when you were able to watch Sky Sports HD on your HD TV? Now you can watch in 4K.
Sky shows top-flight football, and is this spring broadcasting the 2017 international motor racing season in 4K UHD. Sky is showing all 20 races, starting in Australia on March 26.
But BT was the first to broadcast in 4K with BT Sport Ultra HD. On it you can watch top-flight domestic football, as well the best of the European club competitions.The BBC has also been experimenting with 4K, running a short clip of David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II on the iPlayer.
‘We want to show that this is how the BBC could make ultra-high definition HDR material available to iPlayer,’ said a spokesperson.
What do I need to watch 4K TV?
For BT Sport Ultra HD: Relevant BT TV package; BT Ultra HD set-top box; BT Infinity broadband
For Sky Q: Sky Q 2TB box with Sky Sports and/or Sky Cinema Sky Broadband recommended for the best Sky Q experience, but compatible with other services
Netflix and Amazon streaming
In a nutshell: Clarkson’s The Grand Tour and Netflix hit Stranger Things have never looked so sharp
Most of our 4K TVs are also ‘Smart’ which means they can connect to your home Wi-Fi. They have built-in apps for Netflix and Amazon and both stream in 4K.
Netflix now offers 10 times as much 4K content as when it first began streaming in the resolution. Find the retro Stranger Things and foodie show The Chef’s Table as well as prison drama Orange is the New Black.
Amazon has dystopian post-war drama The Man in the High Castle and car show The Grand Tour among others.
What do I need?
- Fast internet connection above 25Mbps
- Subscription package: Amazon Prime Instant Video (£7.99 p/month) Netflix Premium plan (£8.99 p/month)
What about 4K HDR streaming?
Netflix streams content in 4K HDR – you can already watch Marvel’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Marvel’s Iron Fist, which is being shot in 4K HDR, debuts in the spring.
Amazon Prime Instant Video also has 4K HDR content – including Men In Black 3, the post-apocalyptic After Earth and Elysium.
Remember, you’ll need a 4K HDR TV. What is HDR TV?
Ultra HD Blu-ray
In a nutshell: Blow your old movies out of the water with a Blu-ray player and proper 4K discs
Modern 4K TVs are too good for traditional Blu-ray as it was designed to work with Full HD televisions. Enter Ultra HD Blu-ray players and special 4K discs designed for 4K UHD TVs – find out more.
Ultra HD Blu-ray players have 4 times the resolution of regular Blu-ray players to deliver more detailed pictures with sharp edges and 3D-like depth. Film studios like Sony and 20th Century Fox have launched 4K Blu-rays such as Oscar-winning The Revenant, Deadpool and Spider-Man 2.
What about HDR? Absolutely. Ultra HD Blu-ray discs include HDR data so when you pair them with a 4K HDR TV and an Ultra HD Blu-ray player the picture quality is superb.