What do you do when there really isn’t anything to watch on tv?
Its worth knowing that right now there is no Full HD broadcasting in the UK, even after 10 years the industry is still broadcasting at 1080i or below. This leaves only streaming services, Blu-ray and games utilising the Full HD resolution. Something to think about right?
So picture this, you have your nice new 4K UHD television and like anyone you want to hook it up and see what your hard earned cash has got you. The hardware is all there and its aching to spit out some gorgeous detailed content, however currently there is little to no native 4K UHD content to be had.
That said, Sony has released a 4K player that gives access to over 100 4K titles at $699.99 with each film costing $7.99 for rental and $30.00 for purchase …. available in the US only, OUCH. This leaves the Netflix 4K service which so far has promised amazing things. High resolution, high frame rate and all at a maximum of 15 mbps download speed. Currently the second season of House of Cards is available in 4K on the service as long as your TV has hardware built in that can decode HEVC H.265 but the TV’s coming out now should all has this capability.
Apart from both Netflix and the American Sony 4K Streaming service there doesn’t appear to be much else out there although television networks are doing research and testing for the future as we speak. There is talk that the World Cup 2014 final will be broadcast in 4K.
You can show a full size and full resolution 8 megapixel photo or some home shot 4K video content from the upcoming release of Acer’s Liquid S2 phone and Sony’s FDR-AX100 Handycam both of which are aimed at the consumer market.
There have also been a release of a limited number of films dubbed “mastered in 4K” where a selection of films have been mastered using content from a 4K source. This content is still presented in 1080p but has been optimised for the upscaling process that will dominate the use of UHD TV’s until an extensive native 4K content source can be created