If you’re one of the early adopters who purchased a 4K or Ultra-HD TV, you’ve probably been watching a lot of streaming and on-demand videos while waiting for live TV broadcasts to finally begin taking advantage of all those extra pixels. Next month, DirecTV customers with 4K TVs will be able to watch some of the Masters pro tournament in all its green glory. [More]
A week ago, Warner Bros. home video folks announced they would be catering to the growing number of 4K TV owners by releasing 35 recent titles — including Mad Max: Fury Road and The LEGO Movie — on ultra-HD BluRay discs. Two days later, the entertainment giant was in court, suing to stop a company from selling devices that would let users get around the digital copyright protections on these, and other, 4K titles. [More]
Weeks after Amazon announced that its new generation of Fire TV boxes will support 4K video, the folks at Roku are also jumping onto the ultra-HD bandwagon with the release of the Roku 4. [More]
Just because something is new, doesn’t necessarily always mean it’ll have the newest technology — perhaps because it’s because that technology still needs to prove itself or there’s really not a need for it yet. That appears to be the reason behind Apple’s reported decision not to have its new Apple TV support 4K streaming video.
Make no bones about it — 4K TVs are going to become the standard for new televisions very quickly. But is there enough content to justify making the leap now? [More]
Everyone here at International CES — including the hot dog vendors on the Vegas Strip — is showing a new 4K (or Ultra HD, or UHD) TV set. Samsung tried to one-up the competition by making a brighter, flashier version and slapping an “S” on it. [More]
With the industry hoping to sell several million 4K, ultra hi-def, TV sets in the coming year, pay-TV providers are hurrying up to catch on and provide content that makes those fancy screens worth the investment. Today, Dish announced that it is launching what it claims to be the first pay-TV set-top box for 4K video. It’s not as important an announcement as the Sling TV news, but it’s worth a mention for those of you thinking about buying a 4K TV.
If you recently threw down some cash on a sleek new Ultra HD (or 4K) TV and you’re still waiting for content to show off to your friends (or justify the expense to yourself), here’s some mixed news for you. Amazon is finally getting into the 4K-streaming game, but the offerings aren’t really anything to celebrate right now. [More]
With prices dropping — and some sets available for around $1,000 — Ultra HD or 4K TV is gradually grabbing a foothold in consumers’ homes. Yet there is still little native content available for these sets. That may change soon with Amazon confirming it will begin offering 4K video to Amazon Prime customers before the year is out, and it won’t charge extra. [More]
While me, you and most likely everyone you know probably doesn’t own an Ultra HD 4K TV, for those that do own the newer, 2014 models, Netflix says it’s just started streaming 4K content, as expected. Which means yes, you can get up close and personal with Kevin Spacey’s face(y), if that’s your thing. No judgment.
If you haven’t noticed by now, we’ve basically let Meg “I’m The Boss And What Happens In Vegas, Stays In Vegas” Marco loose on CES this week, where she’s sending on-the-ground dispatches about all things new and electronic. Her ramblings today took her to the various and sundry 4K TVs on display. So how jazzed do the TVs seem, compared to your usual 1080p resolution sets? “Jazzed as hell,” sayeth Meg. [More]