How to Watch 4K videos on Streaming
There are two ways of watching 4K Ultra HD videos on your 4K TV:
- local video files with 4K UHD resolution (on a pen drive, external disk, microSD, or NAS);
- streaming services with 4K UHD content.
The first way is very straightforward: you must have a TV or a streamer with all the ports necessary to connect your hardware.
The second may require a set-top box and installed apps like Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and Hulu. All of them have a good selection of 4K UHD movies and TV shows.
But are you able to watch them?
4K video in a TV
For starters, you must have a 4K UHD TV. What does that mean? Well, it’s not as obvious as you might think at first glance. 4K refers, roughly, to a movie industry format that uses 4096 x 2160 pixels. But the term has remained in the industry, even though most of the screens on the market only have a 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution.
This doesn’t sound like enough. What you really want is to watch all the background details as if you were there. We understand, and we can assure you that a good 4K TV gives you that.
So now you must find the right box to make your wish come true. Some boxes let you watch your local video files, others let you install your favourite streaming services; however, not all of them can deliver the full 4K experience, like WeTek Play 2, WeTek Hub, Nvidia Shield, Mi Box, and few more do… Because of the licenses.
4K content in a box
Do you want to experience the next level - vivid and natural picture quality? That’s easy! You just have to connect a streaming device to your TV (if it’s licensed…), connect it to the Wi-Fi and start exploring.
Yes, really! Just plug it in and soon you’ll be watching Stranger Things in 4K Ultra HD. Increasingly, Amazon and Netflix are shooting and streaming their original shows in 4K. Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox and Discovery are also doing it. YouTube and Vimeo are the most important video-sharing websites on the internet and both of them offer 4K content too.
As you can see, 4K videos are here to stay, and you can relax in the knowledge that it’s money well spent. You just have to choose a set-top box that supports these 4K services and ensure that your broadband connection has more than 15 Mbps.