What is 4K Resolution?
4K resolution means the device has a 3,840 horizontal pixels (rounded up to 4K just because it sounds better) and 2,160 vertical pixels.
This may not mean anything on its own but current HD smartphones and televisions have 1920 horizontal pixels and 1080 vertical pixels, meaning 4K TV’s/smartphones are double the resolution of HD.
Most smartphones in the midrange sector have the Full HD resolution(1920 x 1080) while flagship devices and more recent smartphones have a 4K Ultra HD ready display. 4K devices are always a lot more expensive than the normal HD displays.
What is the Benefit of Having a 4K Resolution
If an awesome display doesn’t matter to you, you might not really care about 4K. The higher resolution means you get a more detailed and more lifelike viewing experience. The resolution adds more depth to your image allowing you to pick up on every little detail as if you were there.
Every single element on your screen shows itself completely with a very sharp color and detail.
Are all channels transmitted in 4K now?
Unfortunately terrestrial TV isn’t transmitted in 4K so you will need a few things before you get started. At the moment 4K is only available via internet streaming, this means you will need a good internet speed in you home preferably with unlimited bandwidth.
We recommend a minimal broadband speed of 15 Mbps for continuous viewing. You will also need to subscribe to a streaming service to start watching 4K.
These services are available via apps either built into your television itself or installed on a 3rd party internet streamer.
What services offer 4K resolution streaming?
It’s useful to bear in mind that both of their 4K libraries are constantly expanding but some films, such as the latest releases on Amazon, will require an additional purchase. Other services include:
What are 3rd party streamers and what’s available with them?
3rd party streamers are a separate bit of hardware that sits between your router and your television.
These streamers are easy to install and usually more powerful than your Smart TV. 3rd party streamers have a lot of individual features however in this article we are looking at their ability to stream 4K. The following streamers are compatible with 4K:
- Google Chromecast Ultra
- Amazon Fire TV with 4K
- Nvidia Shield Pro
HD Receiver / Recorders
(these aren’t streamers but these boxes will allow you to stream 4K.
- Sky Q
- YouView with BT Sport Ultra
Here’s what you need to watch 4K resolution:
- A 4K Resolution Ready Television, smartphone or gadget.
- Either a Smart TV, 3rd Party Streaming device or a HD Receiver with 4K streaming.
- A fast, minimum 15mbps, and unlimited broadband connection.
- A subscription to a 4K service. (Netflix, Amazon Video etc)
- A beer and your favorite snacks.