Amazon 4K streaming teaser

Joining Netflix which offers 4K (or Ultra HD) video and video sharing websites like Google’s YouTube and Vimeo that offer streaming in 4K resolution, Amazon on Tuesday said its Prime subscribers can stream select television shows and movies in the high-quality 4K picture resolution.

These Ultra HD movies and TV shows are accessible through the Amazon Instant Video app on compatible Ultra HD smart TVs, including models from LG, Samsung and Sony, with more added next year.

The online retail giant did not say when Prime customers can expect to stream 4K content through mobile Instant Video apps.

You can buy or rent from a selection of Hollywood movies in 4K such as After Earth, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Elysium, Hancock, Moneyball, The Mask of Zorro, The Monuments Men, The Amazing Spider Man, The Amazing Spider Man 2, The Da Vinci Code, The Patriot, Think Like a Man Too, This is the End and more.

Some Amazon original content is available for 4K streaming, too, including Alpha House and Transparent and Orphan Black. 4K streaming is available to the $99 per year Prime subscribers at no additional cost.

4K downloads from Sony Pictures are available starting at $19.99 for a one-time purchase.

4K content has four times the number of pixels as standard full HD (1,920×1,080), thereby offering four times greater picture clarity and detail. In terms of numbers, 4K utilizes displays with an aspect ratio of at least 16:9 and renders video at a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, or 8.3 million pixels.

[Amazon]

  • Vic O

    4K will ultimately join 3D on the journey to nowhere.

    • CS

      don’t think so. 4k technology is getting cheaper by the week. Doesn’t require any special glasses or any other goofy hardware. Will it take a while for major SATV providers to upgrade? Definitely. It will take 10 years probably for everyone to update, but 4k is the future. 3D is a gimmick

      • Vic O

        I admit, was blown away by the picture quality.( Full disclosure: BestBuy in store demo). However, if you have ever viewed SD programs on HDTV, it’s crappy. Unless my eyes were deceiving me, regular HD video on UHDTV is just as crappy as SD on HDTV. Granted that Cable and Sat providers will catch up eventually. Get ready to pay more for the privilege of getting UHD programs. That, in my opinion, is going to be the dealbreaker.

      • gittlopctbi

        I happily, happily own a 4k Sony. Like you said, I was blown away by the picture quality at Best Buy. Was intending to buy a 1080p for cheap but I just could not live without 4k after seeing it. As far as SD, who watches that anymore? I don’t. Well, there are some shows that i do/did like some oldies such as Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Adam 12, etc. But I didn’t care. Didn’t look any worse than when I saw them originally on my B&W and eventually on our color TV back in the day. Except now they are BIGGER on my 65″ LOL. There hardly is any 4k stuff out there that I want to watch. However, any HD stream looks INCREDIBLE on my TV and there is lots of that available. And Blu-ray upscaled on this TV is equally breathtaking. Nope, 4k is definitely the future. And until then, I’m still going to enjoy my 8.3 mil pixels.

  • AK

    Any idea the size of a 4K file? 1hr=~X GB???