While 4K TVs are on the verge of becoming the next must-have viewing portal, the types of content available for 4K sets are still playing catch up. It’s because, in order to provide twice the resolution of current 1080p HD TVs, 4K TV content has to be created or recorded in 4K and then either transmitted, streamed or played on a 4K source device. As a result, a large portion of video and television content is still being developed in 4K resolution. Some shows are ahead of the game, however. Here is a list of some of the most popular programs available for 4K viewing across TV and video streaming services.
Available 4K Programming
Though it’s not a traditional content creator, Google’s online video sharing platform was one of the earliest adopters of 4K technology. Here, viewers can peruse all kinds of user-generated clips from both amateur and professional filmmakers. These reach all corners of the world and beyond. For instance, NASA has been adding videos of its astronauts working in outer space. And GoPro has developed The Adventure of Life series that highlights extreme action moments, such as swimming with orca whales in the wild, racing cars through the streets of Japan, or exploring inside the active Mt. Marum volcano.
This startup in the content streaming world is angling to become the Netflix of 4K viewing technology. Already, Ultraflix has signed a licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures to give UltraFlix users access to more than 950 movies, including a slew of action films that are ideal for watching in vivid detail. These include World War Z, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report and Transformers. In addition, UltraFlix is building a library of live concert videos from star artists such as the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Queen, Bruce Springsteen and Pink Floyd.
This year DISH has introduced 4K Joey, a wireless receiver that connects to DISH’s Home Video Network for satellite programming and DVR services via a Hopper or Hopper with Sling. The slim Joey device can be tucked behind the TV or even in a cabinet, where it can connect wirelessly to other home entertainment devices, too. Subscribers can watch all of their favorite shows—including sports packages and premium channels like HBO—that they already receive as part of their DISH subscription.
The streaming content provider that ushered in the era of binge-watching is rolling out its 4K viewing options with some of its most popular original programs. House of Cards, Marco Polo, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Narcos and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp are all available in Ultra HD 4K. Netflix is planning to add even more shows to its 4K line-up in 2016, including Baz Luhrmann’s hip-hop drama The Get Down and the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel, Sword of Destiny.
Though Amazon was slower than its rivals to create original programs, it has recently gained some momentum with the success of Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle. These touchstone shows, along with Orphan Black, are the first programs Amazon has offered in 4K for free, as part of its Amazon Prime subscription. While Amazon’s collection of 4K videos is currently small, it is mighty. The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1, The Amazing Spider-Man and Lawrence of Arabia are all part of its growing 4K film lineup.