7 Ways to Watch 4K Video in Your Home

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Depending on your age, you may recall the first person on your block to get a VCR, the first to connect to the Internet, or the first person to take a “selfie” with a smartphone. Now you can be the first person with a 4K TV—however, content still remains on the scarce side, but there is a handful of ways to get 4K into your home.

In order to do this, you’ll need a 4K monitor, TV or projector, and possibly a special media device or a 4K-capable video camera. Why bother? 4K Ultra HD has essentially four times the pixel density of 1080p. It’s 2160p, or 3840 x 2160. Given the leap in quality from standard definition to 1080p, just imagine the crisp visuals of native 4K content on a 4K display. That being said, the main hurdles are price and availability of content. Here are your current options:

 

You can watch Ghostbusters (and 70 other films)

This requires a Sony 4K UHD TV and a Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player. The player comes with 10 feature films in 4K, and Sony’s Video Unlimited 4K service offers more than 70 full-length 4K films and TV shows, with selections like Breaking Bad, Taxi Driver, and others. More than 100 titles are expected to be available by the end of this year.

Save a buck and just watch the free Sony videos

You can check out the free 4K demo videos at Sony Video Unlimited, as well as more than 50 indie films, sports clips, and live music programs. However, this also requires a Sony 4K UHD TV and the Ultra HD Media Player.

Watch an 8-minute video about Mexico on Netflix

Netflix is currently testing a 4K clip titled “El Fuente.” The short video is available through their instant streaming library at several different frame-per-second (fps) rates. The company has said they hope to roll out a lot more 4K content for streaming within the next year.

Shoot it yourself

One way to go 4K is to watch footage shot with a Blackmagic Production Camera 4K or a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition.

Get a REDRay

You can use a REDRay media player to send a native 4K or up-converted HDTV signal to a UHD TV. The player is also compatible with 3D media, and RED offers online content distribution through their Odemax.com network.

There’s an app for that

You can watch footage shot with an Acer Liquid S2 or Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. The Note features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of filming video in 4K at 30 fps.

Go Euro

If you’re in Europe, you can check out the Eutestat 10A, the first dedicated 4K UHD channel.

These are some of the ways you can get 4K video into your home now, but the future of the format is highly speculative. However, with the development of High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), watching large 4K files over the Internet should become a reality, since it requires half the bit rate compared to older coding formats. This means there’s even greater promise for 4K in your home. In the future, content will most likely come from digital distribution, disc-based physical formats and broadcast TV. So once you’ve got your 4K TV and more movies and shows become available, you’ll be all set. And your friends will remember you as the first on your  block to have 4K.

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UFUShare top 5 4k video players, hope it helps.

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UFUShare top 5 4k video players, hope it helps.

Thing is, a computer video card suitable for 30-60fps 4k playback will run at least $350 if not more.  Better off buying a Blu-ray player that will play various file formats at 4k, 1/2 the price of the video card.

I have a budget for the 55-inch TV, and I want to know to buy a full HD TV or 4k TV, since the TV watching from a distance of 4m? And also, when the future is let only 4k resolution whether the full HD TV be useful or I'll then have to buy a 4K TV?

Although there is limited 4K content at this time, we still recommend 4K televisions.  Even when viewing HD content, the 4K televisions can enhance the look and details in HD content. 

The LG 55EG920V is a cracking TV. Great support from LG also. Add Netflix and you are on your way.

4K is not going to become standard for at least 5 more years.
HD and 4k have little difference in quality - sometimes HD is a better picture because a bad 4k master will show all the defects.

However, all current TV's on sale are 4k. The FHD ones are old 2014 models that are just old... You will not get a better picture just by sacrificing 4k. 
Even a mid-cheap 4k is better than a mid-level 2014 FHD - because technology advanced...

If your crappy ISP caps your data, there is virtually no way you can ever enjoy 4K video.

What can get to play 4k tv

To start, you would need a 4K monitor, TV, or Projector.  If you already have one of these, and are having troubles viewing 4K video, or if you are looking for recommendations for a 4K device, I would suggest sending us an email.  If you can provide as much pertinent information as possible for what issues you are having, or what you are looking for in a TV/Projector/Monitor we would be more than happy to assist you.  AskTV@bhphoto.com

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