If you are one of the many people that used Black Friday or Cyber Monday to get a deal on a new 4K TV, then you might be wondering where you can actually find some 4K video content for the TV. The good news for 4K TV owners is that more 4K content is becoming available every day. To help you in your search, we put together a guide to the best 4K video content online today.
Amazon Instant Video
Amazon was one of the first companies to offer 4K video content through its streaming service. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ve already got access to lots of great 4K content. They are offering a 30 day free trial on Amazon Prime and it’s only $10.99 per month after the trial if you’re not already a member. They also have a growing selection of 4K TV shows and 4K movies that you can purchase.
It shouldn’t be a big surprise that Netflix was also one of the early adopters for 4K video content. Many of the TV shows and movies on Netflix can be streamed in 4K Ultra HD. You will need a premium account in order to access the higher quality video, which is currently $14.99 per month. They have a guide available on their website offering some advice on the TVs and computers that support their 4K Ultra HD content. They also remind users that you will need an internet speed of 25 megabits per second or better to be able to stream their 4K video content.
Vudu has quickly become one of the largest providers of 4K Ultra HD video content over the past year. They have a great selection of TV shows and movies available for rental or purchase. Many smart TVs have the Vudu app pre-installed and it can used on most Roku units as well. They typically do not have the best price, but you will typically find the best selection. Most 4K movies and TV shows are around $10 to rent and $20-30 to purchase.
If you’re simply looking for some free 4K Ultra HD video content to test out your new TV, you should probably start with YouTube. There are tons of great 4K videos on the site that will allow you to see your 4K TV in action. You should also check out their new YouTube Red service, which offers lot of 4K video content (and you can watch YouTube without ads). They are currently offering a three month free trial (which ends on December 31st), and the service is only $9.99 per month after the trial.
UltraFlix is a relatively new service that is focused on providing 4K Ultra HD video content at some very affordable prices. You can rent 4K Ultra HD videos in 48 hour blocks for $1 to $10. They have a great selection of live concerts, classic movies, and documentaries available. The app is pre-installed on many smart TVs now, and can also be found on Amazon’s Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Play and Roku.
Fandango purchased M-Go and rebranded it as Fandango Now to offer streaming 4K Ultra HD movies and TV shows. You can rent or purchase movies for download on the site. The app is also available on many smart TVs as well. Rentals start at $5 and most purchases are $20-30. They are offering a deal for 50% off your first movie or TV show right now, so it’s a great time to check out their service.
Xbox One and PS4
Whether you are an Xbox One X or PS4 owner, you have many 4K Ultra HD video options with either system. We broke down our view on which gaming system would be best for you in a previous blog if you’re looking to get a new gaming system. If you already have one, then you will find a growing selection of 4K Ultra HD movies and TV shows to rent or purchase on both systems. They also offer many video games that support 4K Ultra HD video quality as well.
Cable TV Providers
Many cable and satellite TV providers are jumping into the 4K Ultra HD arena as well. DirecTV, Dish, and Xfinity have 4K video content available for rental or purchase. Many now offer TV channels that support 4K Ultra HD. DirecTV even keeps an updated list of available live sports that will be broadcast in 4K Ultra HD. This list should grow substantially over the next year.
Hopefully this starter list of 4k content will grease your gears for many months to come. As usual, we’ll update this post in the future with more options for you to consider. Until then, happy viewing and happy holidays!