Could The waiting for 4k movies finally be over?
Netflix look set to play a major role in 2014/15 providing 4k movies an tv content to our homes. In fact 4k streaming has arrived now, with conformation that Netflix has begun streaming Season Two of House of Cards, as well as additional nature documentaries, in 4K. If you have a 4K UltraHD TV, getting access to the stream might be more difficult than you think.
Netflix made the big announcement at CES 2014 that they will soon have Ultra HD (aka 4K) streaming content available, starting with Season 2 of House of Cards. Host Andy Baryer talks to Joris Evers from Netflix to find out more about this exciting new service.
First off, you need to make sure that your 4K Ultra HD TV is HDMI 2.0 compatible, has a built-in HEVC/H.265 decoder, and is compatible with the Netflix 4K streaming App.
Breaking Bad is now available in 4K/Ultra HD from Netflix. All 62 episodes of the show are available along with a 5.1 audio remastering.
The show joins a very limited number of UHD offerings already available such as House of Cards season 2, but Netflix has also released a few other titles to add to its 4K/UHD list, including Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2, and Smurfs 2. To view this new content, users will need to have a newer 4K/UHD TV with the compatible Netflix app, which relies on HEVC (H.265) decoding.
So far, 2014 models from brands listed below are the ones to check out.
To stream Netflix 4k you will also need a fast 15 mbps internet connection.
Samsung have produced a 1tb external hard drive (USB 3.0) with five 4k movies pre-loaded and some documentaries.
Please note: The 2013 UHD models (S9,F9000) need the 2014 UHD Evolution kit to use the UHD video pack.
The UHD video pack has 5 UHD movies:
It also has 3 UHD documentaries:
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Offering over 70 feature films, 4k movies, short-form videos and TV shows in native 4K Ultra HD resolution.
You have the option to either rent or purchase this media. The movie or tv show will be then downloaded to the Sony FMP-X1 4K Ultra HD media streamer . By the end of the year more than 100 titles are expected..
The cost for TV episodes is $3.99, while movies start at $7.99 for a 24-hour rental, or $29.99 for a purchase.
Video Unlimited 4K is also accessible using the Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player with the Sony 55X900A and 65X900A 4K TVs
Available now for around $698 the Sony FMP-X1 4K Ultra HD media streamer comes preloaded with 10 4k movies. The unit has a 2TB hard drive and will connect to your home network using a wired Ethernet connection.
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One problem big tv manufacturers have is the lack of 4k movie content currently available. Another problem is not having a way of conveying 4k content to users: 4K movies can require more than 100GB of storage – which is far in excess of the 25 GB capacity of a single layer Blu-ray disk and the 4.7GB available on a DVD.
Streaming content is one option, and manufacturers are currently making agreements with movie houses to offer it over the internet. Successfully streaming 4K content however will depend on the quality of internet connections, available bandwidth and domestic account download limits.
Another way is for movie rental stores and 4K TV manufacturers to make content available on Blu-ray disks.
Vice-president for consumer electronics at Samsung Australia Philip Newton told The Australian that Samsung had the technology in place to produce high-capacity four-layer Blu-ray disks for distributing 4K movies.
Mr Newton said he expected theses disks would become available “by the end of the year”. He said it also would not be a problem for Samsung to make available players than can read four-layer Blu-ray disks.
Mr Newton said the optical technology needed for making and reading four-layer disks had been available “for years”. He said the hold-up was over manufacturers settling on standards for storing electronic content.
He said industry was keen to avoid another Betamax-VHS style format fracas. In the late 1970s and 1980s Sony, the proponent of Betamax, and JVC, which promoted VHS, went head-to-head in a bruising format battle that ended in 1988 when Sony conceded defeat.
In the case of 4K content, issues such as the preferred codes used for compressing movies needed to be sorted out wit H265 and Google’s VP9 rival contenders.
Mr Newton said the 4k format standard “is still in a state of flux” but four-layer Blu-ray disks would emerge “once everyone is on the same page”.
“Except for the standard, it’s good to go,” Mr Newton told The Australian.
Each layer of a BluRay disk typically holds 25GB of content, so a four-layer disk should hold a 100GB movie.
By the end of 2014, Samsung will have supplied customers with 20 4K movies and 30 documentaries provided on 3.5-inch hard drives.
Other TV manufacturers are understood to be gearing to supply four-layer Blu-Ray disks also. In Germany, Singulus Technologies last year said it had production-tested Blu-ray disks with a 100GB capacity.
Source: CHRIS GRIFFITH – THE AUSTRALIAN
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Some of the larger internet retailers, such as Sony are starting to sell its ‘Mastered in 4K’ Blu-rays.
These are movies that have been filmed in 4k, scanned in 4K and then scaled down to 1080p to fit on a standard Blu-ray disc. At the moment there are 10 titles available such as Total Recall and Ghostbusters
ANGELS AND DEMONS re-teams director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks for the sequel to their international blockbuster adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel THE DA VINCI CODE.
Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis wrote the script, but Bill Murray gets all the best lines and moments in this 1984 comedy directed by Ivan Reitman
We have put together a selection of the very latest ‘Mastered in 4k’ titles available to purchase today from our 4k Movie Store.
Also available are new optimised 4k movies (such as the one below) which promise to deliver the best possible picture quality to show off your latest Ultra HD television or projector. These again are ‘Mastered in 4k’ which means they have been scaled down to fit on a Blu-ray disc but designed to be scaled back up extremely well indeed onto a new 4K Ultra HD Television.
Films optimized for 4K Ultra HD are here to bridge the gap. It is claimed that these films will help people to really show off their new 4K televisions and 4KProjectors. These films will have been either scanned or filmed in 4K and then scaled down to fit on a 1080p Blu-ray disc. It is unlikely that there will be room for additional features due to the sheer size of the information on each disc.
If you are interested in showing off your new 1080p TV, 4k television or 4k projector to it’s maximum, then for a fairly modest price these are very tempting indeed.
- Nature’s Greatest Journey (Limited Edition – Filmed in 4K ULTRA HD) [Blu-ray]
Enjoy this brilliant picture with exquisite detail using your existing Blu-ray or PlayStation 3 console. This Blu-ray is optimized for 4K Ultra HD TVs and Full HD TVs. A spectacular high definition picture with amazing sound.
Imagine playing this on your new 4k Television!
- Nature’s Greatest Journey (Limited Edition – Filmed in 4K ULTRA HD)
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ Trailer #3 (2014) 4K Ultra HD, Marvel HD
2K/4K Note: Each resolution is considerably higher already so only use 2K/4K if you know your PC can handle it. Enjoy!
With the emergence of Electro, Spider-Man must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, Peter Parker comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.
Director: Marc Webb
Writers: Alex Kurtzman (screenplay), Roberto Orci (screenplay)
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti
In theaters: May 2, 2014
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