Do you know where to watch 4K content? Although currently TVs with this technology invade the market and our homes, you will not be able to enjoy 4K if the programming you are watching is not recorded in that format.
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As always, in Digital Trends in Spanish We want to guide you. For this, we have compiled all the sources to see 4K Ultra HD content in a single guide, with details about prices, popular titles and when you can expect more.
Cost: $ 16 per month for the Premium plan that includes Ultra HD content.
Requirements: recommended Internet speed of 25 Mbps or higher; 4K Ultra HD TVs from manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sony, Vizio, Philips and Hisense; or a compatible 4K Ultra HD TV connected to any of the recent Roku models with 4K capability, Amazon Fire TV or Chromecast Ultra.
Netflix was one of the first services to stream 4K Ultra HD content, which took off with the second season of its original series House of Cards. Since then, the content has been constantly growing: all the main original series of the service are now recorded in 4K, and some in HDR, including the Marvel series. Netflix also continually adds new 4K movies and impressive documentaries to its library. You can see our selection of the best movies and TV series on Netflix (although not all will be in 4K or HDR).
Cost: the service is included if you are a Prime Member costs $ 120 dollars a year or $ 13 a month; The titles selected for rent start at $ 8 dollars and the titles for the purchase range from $ 20 to $ 30 dollars.
Requirements: some 4K Ultra HD TVs from Samsung, LG, Vizio and Panasonic, as well as compatible 4K Ultra HD TVs such as Roku models and of course the Fire TV 4k
Amazon's "free" service, which comes with a Prime subscription, was launched with 4K Ultra HD versions of some of its original series such as Mozart in the Jungle Y Transparent and since then it has expanded to include most of its original series, as well as many other TV series and movies. Amazon also broadcasts many of its original HDR series, including Jack ryan in Dolby Vision.
The service also has a rotating selection of 4K Ultra HD movies as part of its Prime collection; The exact number of available titles varies from month to month. As for the not-so-free selections, Amazon sells a quantity of 4K Ultra HD titles starting at around $ 20 dollars.
Cost: Starting at $ 6 dollars for an experience full of ads or $ 12 dollars without ads.
Requirements: Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast Ultra, with an Internet speed of approximately 16 Mbps for the best results, compared to the 6 Mbps needed for Full HD and 3 Mbps needed for HD.
After extracting all of its 4K content catalog without so much resentment for its customers in 2018, Hulu has ventured once again into the wonderful world of 4K Ultra HD. This time, it has made available to Apple TV 4K and Google Chromecast Ultra its entire selection of Hulu 4K originals, with the list of content on demand and compatible devices that are expected to grow in the near future.
cost: from $ 6 dollars for rentals, $ 20 dollars for purchases.
Requirements: The Apple TV 4K device ($ 180) connected to a 4K UHD TV.
After the launch of Apple TV 4K, iTunes began adding a selection of 4K and HDR content to its store. These titles are available to buy or rent. Finding content in the iTunes store is easy: the icons mark the content as 4K, HDR and / or Dolby Vision (Dolby patented HDR format). One of the advantages of iTunes is that the 4K versions of the titles cost the same as the HD versions, which is cheaper than most other services.
Cost: $ 10 dollars per rental and between $ 20- $ 30 dollars per purchase.
Requirements: Internet speeds of 10-11 Mbps, recent Roku models, LG TV, Vizio or an Nvidia Shield TV and HDCP 2.2 TV, 4K Ultra HD compatible TV.
The Vudu service, which was acquired in 2010 by Walmart, has gradually entered the 4K Ultra HD field. Although the service has an Ultra HD option (called HDX) it is very limited. He released 12 movies on the Vudu channel in 4K through Roku 4. And little by little, he has added new titles on a platform, including The Legend of Tarzn, Warcraft Y Star Trek: Beyond.
HDR streaming via Dolby Vision is available if you have used a Vizio Reference TV or the latest from Vizio, the M or P Smartcast series. Some LG and UHD OLED TVs have HDR streaming support. Some titles are available with Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound, if you have a speaker with support for Atmos and with A / V receiver.
Cost: free. Or $ 12 per month for subscription to YouTube Premium, as well as $ 2 to $ 15 dollars to rent / buy movies.
Requirements: 25 Mbps internet speed, a new Ultra HD TV with Android TV OS or new Samsung or LG TVs are recommended. The Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Nvidia Shield TV and Chromecast Ultra models also have YouTube support in 4K. Keep in mind that if your TV comes with a YouTube application, this does not mean that it will be in 4K, so you should ask the store before buying the TV.
Thanks to YouTube being an open platform and the proliferation of 4K cameras, YouTube is now one of the best sources of content in 4K ultra HD. You will not find a catalog of movies and series, but you can find content in 4K. Best of all, this platform is free.
cost: from $ 1 to $ 10 per rental.
Requirements: minimum recommended download speed of 10 Mbps or higher; application available on certain Samsung HD, Hisense, Vizio and Sony Bravia Ultra HD TVs, Roku models compatible with 4K, Amazon Fire TV or Nvidia Shield TV.
Ultraflix hosts hundreds of hours of documentaries about nature in 4K (including multiple titles originally created for IMAX), dozens of concerts and hundreds of hours of science fiction, action, comedy and drama content, all for rent in 48-hour blocks.
cost: from $ 2 dollars the rent of TV episodes to $ 8 dollars the movies for 24 hours and between $ 15 and $ 35 dollars the purchases.
Requirements: Sony Ultra HD TV or 4K Ultra HD TV with copyright protection HDCP 2.2 and a PlayStation 4 Pro for 4K Ultra HD playback (although other Sony devices are supported, they do not have 4K playback). or a Sony FMP-X10 4K Ultra HD media player ($ 500 to 700).
Sony broke through with 4K content and now Sony's Video On Demand (VOD) service allows the purchase and rental of around 200 movies and TV shows / series.
The films usually occupy around 40 GB of space, and although the rent will save you a lot of space, many titles are only available for purchase. Frankly, 4K transmission from other services is a much more convenient option. On the other hand, the download will result in a slightly higher video quality.
In addition, fortunately, the 4K-compatible PlayStation 4 Pro console supports 4K playback with access to the PlayStation Video Store, allowing you to play and watch movies and TV series in 4K.
cost: the rent costs from $ 5 dollars (varies according to the title) and the purchase ranges between $ 20 and $ 25 dollars.
Requirements: minimum recommended download speeds of 10 Mbps; Ultra HD TVs, PCs or Roku models with 4K capability connected to 4K Ultra HD TVs.
This service was originally known as M-Go, before Fandango bought it and changed its name. There are two different methods of 4K viewing available to customers: 4K streaming and 4K downloads for owners of certain Samsung 4K Ultra HD TVs with VIDITY-enabled storage devices.
cost: $ 5 dollars rent and between $ 12 and $ 25 dollars purchase.
Requirements: 20 Mbps internet connection; Chromecast Ultra, Nvidia Shield or Roku model with 4K capability connected to a 4K TV, among other Google devices.
Google has its own 4K streaming device, the Chromecast Ultra. Although the device supports some of the services mentioned above, Google Play Store has a selection of 4K movies available for rental or purchase. However, this service is not only relegated to Chromecast Ultra. Any 4K-compatible device that supports Google Play, such as Roku Ultra or Nvidia Shield, can access these movies through the Google Play application.
cost: from $ 45 to $ 50 per month.
Requirements: Chromecast or FireTV (support for Roku and Apple TV coming soon). Internet speed of 30 Mbps is recommended.
In July 2018, FuboTV became the first live TV streaming service that offers 4K programming with HDR. At first, the only programs that took advantage of this greater visual fidelity were the 2018 World Cup matches, but now the service is also broadcasting some NCAA football games in 4K. While 4K content is still quite limited, the service is equipped to display both Fox and FS1 in 4K HDR10, so you will see quite a lot of live sports using these technologies in the future. The service has also said to start offering entertainment programming (not just sports) in 4K HDR this fall 2018.
Broadcast, Blu-ray and games
cost: between $ 4 and $ 16 dollars per 4K Ultra HD title on demand. The live channel requires the DirecTV Ultimate or Premier package.
Requirements: On demand: DirecTV 4K Ready TV certified by the manufacturer (or standard 4K TV and Genie Mini 4K) and Genie HD DVR from DirecTV (model 530 onwards). Live: prerequisites plus the latest Genie HD DVR.
A pioneer in the first 4K Ultra HD service for any cable or satellite provider, DirecTV established a store to offer a VOD movie clip in 4K in November 2014.
The main titles include Star trek (2009) and Transformers: Age of Extinction, along with several documentaries about nature and some old movies like Forrest Gump Y Friendship. The channel now offers live programming on a limited schedule based on events, and there are plans to offer a handful of new 4K Ultra HD live channels, including more live sports.
cost: $ 8 per 4K Ultra HD title on demand. Live packages start at $ 40 dollars.
Requirements: Dish Hopper 3, 4K Joey (optional add-on for more than one TV) and 4K Ultra HD TV compatible, Dish Network programming package.
With the introduction of its Hopper 3 and 4K Joey hardware, Dish joined DirecTV to deliver 4K content, both live and on demand. As long as you have the equipment, the live 4K programming will be available on any channel that offers 4K, although that is certainly a small list at the moment.
As more channels add 4K programming, you can access a greater number of content. A large number of 4K movies are also available on demand, at a price of $ 8 dollars per rental, compared to $ 3 dollars for standard definition and $ 7 for high definition.
If you can't find what you're looking for in 4K through Dish's live or on-demand offerings, the company's hardware is also compatible with Netflix streaming in 4K, although you'll need a Netflix subscription to access.
cost: Free for Xfinity TV customers.
Requirements: Samsung 4K Ultra HD TVs.
Comcast released their own 4K service in December 2014 through a streaming application.
For now, there are only limited titles available, most of which are under the umbrella of the NBCUniversal Comcast library.
While the VOD application is a good start, customers have been anxiously awaiting the launch of a 4K decoder.
Cost: Ultra HD Blu-ray players cost between $ 80 and $ 1,000 dollars; Ultra HD Blu-ray costs on average between $ 14 and $ 30 dollars per movie.
Requirements: a 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray player and a 4K Ultra HD compatible TV.
The future of this format had been considered obsolete when streaming began to take over our lives, but interestingly, these players will be of primary importance for the future of Ultra HD. The platform promises to provide a wider color spectrum for 4K content and including HDR functionality.
Blu-ray Ultra HD players and discs will now be available for purchase in many popular electronics stores. Now Samsung, Philips and Panasonic have these devices and soon others manufactured by Sony will arrive. And Oppo. You can find a list of Blu-ray devices and titles here and you can find more information about the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray here.
Requirements: a PlayStation 4 Pro ($ 400) or Xbox One X ($ 400) and 4K UHD TV.
Price: $ 20 to $ 60 per game, plus additional content charges and premium online services.
While there is much to see from the previous services and platforms, it is not the only form of 4K entertainment to enjoy.
For the public of the games, there are now two consoles compatible with 4K and HDR on the market: the PlayStation 4 Pro and the Xbox One X. The one you choose to depend, to a large extent, which games you like.
Both consoles have their own lists of 4K and HDR titles (PS4, Xbox), as well as their own premium online services with advantages such as online games and free games every month.
While the PS4 Pro supports 4K games, it is not compatible with UHD Blu-ray, while the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S s. And all PS4 consoles, Pro or not, support HDR, along with Xbox One S and Xbox One X.
* Article updated by Daniel Matus on August 13, 2019.