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    Broadband ISPs Braced as Amazon Instant Confirms 4K UHD Video Streams

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      Broadband ISPs Braced as Amazon Instant Confirms 4K UHD Video Streams

      Broadband ISPs Braced as Amazon Instant Confirms 4K UHD Video Streams - ISPreview UK
      Internet providers will no doubt be keeping a careful watch of Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service after the company announced that members will soon be able to take advantage of the high-quality 4K (Ultra HD – 3840 x 2160 pixels) picture resolution of movies and TV shows on their service “at no additional cost” (rivals often charge a premium for it).

      It’s understood that a number of popular Amazon Original Series and other shows, such as Alpha House, Transparent and Orphan Black, will be available in 4K. Apparently all of those and more will become available for streaming in Ultra HD on the service later this year and into next year, although it’s unclear if this is also applicable to the UK division.

      Perhaps of more interest though is the fact that all Amazon customers will also have access to purchase a selection of movies in 4K format from Sony Pictures Entertainment, including After Earth, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Elysium, Godzilla, 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 many more.

      Michael Paull, Vice President of Amazon Digital Video, said:

      We want to deliver the best entertainment experience, and offering Ultra HD movies and TV shows raises the bar on quality and innovation that customers have come to expect from Amazon. We’re also excited that Ultra HD is the latest benefit of the Amazon Prime membership, giving members instant access to great movies and TV shows in a premium picture resolution at no additional cost.”
      At present most of the other Internet video services that support 4K content, such as Netflix, YouTube and Sony’s own platform, tend to require a stable broadband download speed of anything from 15 to 30Mbps (Megabits per second). Amazon doesn’t say precisely how fast their customers connections will need to be, although they do quote Netflix’s recommendation of 25Mbps (i.e. roughly the same as the UK Government’s starting definition for “superfast”).

      It’s likely that the growth of 4K content will slowly help to entice consumers to adopt faster broadband connections, although at present the amount of TV’s available that can support the new standard is somewhat limited. But there are a few around that appear to ship with support for the necessary standards, although you’ll need to have at least £800+ lying around to get a good bit of kit, which is certain to fall. Credits to Thinkbroadband for spotting Amazon’s PR.


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      Re: Broadband ISPs Braced as Amazon Instant Confirms 4K UHD Video Streams

      Will anything other than a 4K TV and a fibre internet connection be required?
      EG. an extra box?

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      Re: Broadband ISPs Braced as Amazon Instant Confirms 4K UHD Video Streams

      I would hope that the 4K UHD TVs being sold are not just plane TVs, but Smart TVs.

      I know many Smart TVs now have the Amazon app supplied as standard.

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      Re: Broadband ISPs Braced as Amazon Instant Confirms 4K UHD Video Streams

      Quote Originally Posted by dnpark38 View Post
      Will anything other than a 4K TV and a fibre internet connection be required?
      EG. an extra box?
      Really depends on when you buy the TV.

      If you buy now then most do not support h265 decoding and do not have HDMI 2.0(+) connectors.

      This will mean an additional box (h265 boxes are starting to come out) but you need HDMI 2.0(+) to get a useable 4K picture.

      Most cheap TV's and current early generation h265 boxes only have HDMI 1.4b which can only support 4K video at 30fps.

      The BBC (and others) recently put out press releases stating that the benefits of 4K are only seen at around 100fps.

      100fps is only supported by HDMI 2.0+.

      There are expensive tv's with HDMI 2.0 support but they only support up to 60fps so not worth buying just yet IMO.

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      Re: Broadband ISPs Braced as Amazon Instant Confirms 4K UHD Video Streams

      Quote Originally Posted by bubblegun View Post
      Really depends on when you buy the TV.

      If you buy now then most do not support h265 decoding and do not have HDMI 2.0(+) connectors.

      This will mean an additional box (h265 boxes are starting to come out) but you need HDMI 2.0(+) to get a useable 4K picture.

      Most cheap TV's and current early generation h265 boxes only have HDMI 1.4b which can only support 4K video at 30fps.

      The BBC (and others) recently put out press releases stating that the benefits of 4K are only seen at around 100fps.

      100fps is only supported by HDMI 2.0+.

      There are expensive tv's with HDMI 2.0 support but they only support up to 60fps so not worth buying just yet IMO.
      I'm thinking og the Samsung UE55HU6900 and looking at the Samsung Website for it can't see any numbers like you quote so Amazon won't be getting many takers then or will Amazon provide a box so their service can be used?

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      Re: Broadband ISPs Braced as Amazon Instant Confirms 4K UHD Video Streams

      Quote Originally Posted by dnpark38 View Post
      I'm thinking og the Samsung UE55HU6900 and looking at the Samsung Website for it can't see any numbers like you quote so Amazon won't be getting many takers then or will Amazon provide a box so their service can be used?
      The current Amazon Fire TV box is capable of h265 decoding but only in software not hardware, also the HDMI is not v2.0 so not too much in the way of joined-up thinking from Amazon!

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      Re: Broadband ISPs Braced as Amazon Instant Confirms 4K UHD Video Streams

      As the Samsung UE55HU6900 is available in Currys, I might be tempted to pop in and take a closer look. If the answer isn't obvious, someone should be able to answer your questions.

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