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4K Streaming Guide

Keep reading to learn what 4K is and what you need to enjoy 4K streaming content.

Keep reading to learn what 4K is and what you need to enjoy 4K streaming content.

What Does 4K UHD Mean?

4K UHD refers to display resolution (the number of pixels a screen can handle), and UHD stands for Ultra High Definition. 4K is roughly four times the typical 1080p screen, delivering a high resolution image that showcases the tiniest details of your favorite movie or TV show.

Hardware Requirements

Hardware Requirements

Internet Speeds

The minimum speed you need to stream 4K content is 25 Mbps. Why? Because all those extra pixels that create the detailed, sharper image require additional bandwidth.

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Smart TVs with 4K Capabilities

Smart TVs with 4K Capabilities

An Internet connection is only one part of streaming 4K content. The other part is having a 4K streaming device, like a smart TV.

There are two benefits to smart TVs: they are designed to connect directly to the Internet, and they generally have a streaming app like Netflix built in or available for download, eliminating the need for a separate streaming device. There are a number of 4K smart TV manufacturers on the market, including:

  • Samsung
  • VIZIO
  • LG
  • Sony
  • JVC
  • Sharp
  • Hitachi
  • Panasonic

Where to Get 4K Content

A number of services stream 4K movies and TV shows online, each with certain minimum requirements. Click on service to see what you need for 4K streaming.

Netflix
Netflix

4K streaming options on Netflix continue to increase, especially as the platform continues to produce original content. While most of this original content is available to stream in 4K, other movies and TV shows in 4K vary from month to month.

Requirements
  • Standard Netflix® plan or higher
  • 4K-compatible TV
  • Internet speed of at least 25 Mbps
  • Either a smart TV or streaming device
Amazon Instant Video
Amazon Instant Video

You can stream, rent, or purchase 4K content from Amazon with Amazon Instant Video. Its collection of 4K movies to rent or stream varies from month to month, and its original series are always available in 4K.

Requirements
  • Amazon® Prime subscription
  • 4K-compatible TV
  • Internet speed of at least 25 Mbps
  • Either a smart TV or streaming device
YouTube
YouTube

YouTube® is arguably one of the best sources for 4K streaming, thanks to its user base and the number of 4K cameras on the market. You may not find feature-length movies in 4K, but you’ll be treated to amazing video clips, nature videos, even high-flying stunts.

Requirements
  • 4K-compatible TV or monitor
  • Internet speed of at least 25 Mbps
  • Either a smart TV or streaming device
Fandango
Fandango

If you own select models of Samsung 4K TVs with VIDITY-enabled storage devices, you can download 4K content from Fandago®. Otherwise, you can rent or purchase 4K movies to stream from Fandango.

Requirements
  • 4K-compatible TV or monitor
  • Internet speed of at least 25 Mbps
  • Either a smart TV or streaming device
Vudu
Vudu

You can rent or purchase movies from Vudu® and its growing 4K video streaming library.

Requirements
  • 4K-compatible TV
  • Internet speed of at least 25 Mbps
  • Either a smart TV or streaming device
Ultrafix
Ultrafix

Ultraflix® claims to host the largest collection of 4K content to rent for 48 hours at a time. You’ll find documentaries and concerts in addition to dramas, sci-fi, action, and comedies.

Requirements
  • 4K-compatible TV
  • Internet speed of at least 25 Mbps
  • Either a smart TV or streaming device
Google Play Movies + TV
Google Play Movies + TV

The Google® Play Store has more than Android apps! With Google Play Movies & TV, you can rent or purchase 4K movies online. To find 4K content available through Google Play Movies & TV, simply search for “UHD” in the Google Play Store.

Requirements
  • 4K-compatible TV
  • Internet speed of at least 25 Mbps
  • Either a smart TV or streaming device
iTunes
iTunes

4K movies and TV shows are available on the iTunes Store to rent or own, and will play in the highest-quality format your device can handle. If you want to find specific 4K content, look for the 4K icon on the product page.

Requirements
  • Apple® TV 4K
  • 4K-compatible TV
  • Internet speed of at least 25 Mbps

4K Streaming Devices

Find 4K movies and TV shows on your favorite device. Just click the name of your 4K streaming device to learn how to find 4K content.

Roku
Roku
Roku

Roku comes in two varieties: a streaming player or a TV. If you don’t have a smart TV, you can get a Roku streaming player, like the Roku Express or the Roku Ultra. These devices connect to your TV through an HDMI cable and the Internet via wireless, giving you access to streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.

With a Roku account, you can access 4K streaming content from those services as well as Roku’s dedicated 4K streaming channel.

Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV

2nd and 3rd generations of Amazon Fire TV support 4K streaming. If you have a 4K-compatible TV, Amazon automatically displays the 4K content available. And with Amazon Fire TV, not only do you get access to Amazon’s 4K library, but also those of other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

Chromecast
Chromecast
Chromecast

Google Chromecast plugs directly into an HDMI port on the back of your TV. Some setup is required through chromecast.com/setup, but once you connect it to your home WiFi network and download the Google Home app on your phone, you’re good to go.

PlayStation
PlayStation
PlayStation

Sony® PlayStation® can also be used to stream 4K content. Game in 4K already? Perfect. Now you can watch your favorite movies in 4K too. Just go to the PlayStation Store, search and download your favorite streaming apps, like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and more, login with your streaming app credentials, and start streaming 4K content.

Xbox
Xbox
Xbox

Microsoft Xbox is more than a gaming console. The same Internet connection you use for online gaming allows you to stream 4K content, too. You can use your Xbox to stream 4K movies online by downloading your favorite streaming apps and logging in with your credentials.

Nvidia Shield TV
Nvidia Shield TV
Nvidia Shield TV

Nvidia is best known for its GPUs, gaming displays, and gaming rigs. The Nvidia Shield TV brings its high-tech gaming perfection to your TV. Stream 4K movies online from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and more in stunning 4K, the way they’re meant to be seen.

Where to Get 4K Content

A number of services stream 4K movies and TV shows online, each with certain minimum requirements. Click on service to see what you need for 4K streaming.

  • NETFLIX
  • AMAZON INSTANT VIDEO
  • YOUTUBE
  • FANDANGO
  • VUDU
  • ULTRAFIX
  • GOOGLE PLAY MOVIES + TV
  • iTUNES
Netflix

4K streaming options on Netflix continue to increase, especially as the platform continues to produce original content. While most of this original content is available to stream in 4K, other movies and TV shows in 4K vary from month to month.

Requirements
  • Standard Netflix® plan or higher
  • 4K-compatible TV
  • Internet speed of at least 25 Mbps
  • Either a smart TV or streaming device
Amazon Instant Video

You can stream, rent, or purchase 4K content from Amazon with Amazon Instant Video. Its collection of 4K movies to rent or stream varies from month to month, and its original series are always available in 4K.

Requirements
  • Amazon® Prime subscription
  • 4K-compatible TV
  • Internet speed of at least 25 Mbps
  • Either a smart TV or streaming device
YouTube

YouTube® is arguably one of the best sources for 4K streaming, thanks to its user base and the number of 4K cameras on the market. You may not find feature-length movies in 4K, but you’ll be treated to amazing video clips, nature videos, even high-flying stunts.

Requirements
  • 4K-compatible TV or monitor
  • Internet speed of at least 25 Mbps
  • Either a smart TV or streaming device
Fandango

If you own select models of Samsung 4K TVs with VIDITY-enabled storage devices, you can download 4K content from Fandago®. Otherwise, you can rent or purchase 4K movies to stream from Fandango.

Requirements
  • 4K-compatible TV or monitor
  • Internet speed of at least 25 Mbps
  • Either a smart TV or streaming device
Vudu

You can rent or purchase movies from Vudu® and its growing 4K video streaming library.

Requirements
  • 4K-compatible TV
  • Internet speed of at least 25 Mbps
  • Either a smart TV or streaming device
Ultraflix

Ultraflix® claims to host the largest collection of 4K content to rent for 48 hours at a time. You’ll find documentaries and concerts in addition to dramas, sci-fi, action, and comedies.

Requirements
  • 4K-compatible TV
  • Internet speed of at least 25 Mbps
  • Either a smart TV or streaming device
Google Play Movies + TV

The Google® Play Store has more than Android apps! With Google Play Movies & TV, you can rent or purchase 4K movies online. To find 4K content available through Google Play Movies & TV, simply search for “UHD” in the Google Play Store.

Requirements
  • 4K-compatible TV
  • Internet speed of at least 25 Mbps
  • Either a smart TV or streaming device
iTunes

4K movies and TV shows are available on the iTunes Store to rent or own, and will play in the highest-quality format your device can handle. If you want to find specific 4K content, look for the 4K icon on the product page.

Requirements
  • Apple® TV 4K
  • 4K-compatible TV
  • Internet speed of at least 25 Mbps

4K Streaming Devices

Find 4K movies and TV shows on your favorite device. Just click the name of your 4K streaming device to learn how to find 4K content.

  • ROKU
  • AMAZON FIRE TV
  • CHROMECAST
  • PLAYSTATION
  • XBOX
  • NVIDIA SHIELD TV
Roku
Roku

Roku comes in two varieties: a streaming player or a TV. If you don’t have a smart TV, you can get a Roku streaming player, like the Roku Express or the Roku Ultra. These devices connect to your TV through an HDMI cable and the Internet via wireless, giving you access to streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.

With a Roku account, you can access 4K streaming content from those services as well as Roku’s dedicated 4K streaming channel.

Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV

2nd and 3rd generations of Amazon Fire TV support 4K streaming. If you have a 4K-compatible TV, Amazon automatically displays the 4K content available. And with Amazon Fire TV, not only do you get access to Amazon’s 4K library, but also those of other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

Chromecast
Chromecast

Google Chromecast plugs directly into an HDMI port on the back of your TV. Some setup is required through chromecast.com/setup, but once you connect it to your home WiFi network and download the Google Home app on your phone, you’re good to go.

PlayStation
PlayStation

Sony® PlayStation® can also be used to stream 4K content. Game in 4K already? Perfect. Now you can watch your favorite movies in 4K too. Just go to the PlayStation Store, search and download your favorite streaming apps, like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and more, login with your streaming app credentials, and start streaming 4K content.

Xbox
Xbox

Microsoft Xbox is more than a gaming console. The same Internet connection you use for online gaming allows you to stream 4K content, too. You can use your Xbox to stream 4K movies online by downloading your favorite streaming apps and logging in with your credentials.

Nvidia Shield TV
Nvidia Shield TV

Nvidia is best known for its GPUs, gaming displays, and gaming rigs. The Nvidia Shield TV brings its high-tech gaming perfection to your TV. Stream 4K movies online from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and more in stunning 4K, the way they’re meant to be seen.

4K Ultra HD with DISH

4K Ultra HD with DISH

4K Ultra HD isn’t limited to streaming services. WIth a DISH® TV subscription, a Hopper 3, and 4K Joey, you can watch movies, TV shows, sports, and more in 4K Ultra HD. Plus, DISH’s on-demand library has 4K content, too, so you’ll always be able to find something to watch.

Want to see the latest Netflix original programming in 4K? No problem! With the DISH Hopper, you can switch to Netflix with the click of a button, and start watching without having to switch inputs, consoles, and remotes.

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