4K resolution is the best quality you can watch films or boxsets and play games right now. Learn about the difference it makes to the action and how you can enjoy this top screen quality.
4K (sometimes called Ultra HD or UHD) fills a screen with 4 times as many pixels as Full HD – and the more pixels, the clearer your movies and shows will look. That big action scene or cup final will look a whole lot more detailed than ever before. Now, you’ll never miss a thing.
4K has two main benefits for gaming. Not only will the stunning levels of detail make all the worlds look so realistic, but things you wouldn’t have been able to make out will be clear as day. Sniper hiding in a multi-storey? You’ll be able to see it now. So you can get the first hit, instead of frantically looking around wondering where the shots are coming from.
Forget the cinema, watch the big blockbusters from home. The detail will bring everything to life. So, those epic fight scenes will feel so real you’ll be squirming in your seat in sympathy. And, you’ll be able to watch from the comfort of your sofa with a fridge full of snacks. Winner.
Enjoy your team’s away games from home without feeling like you’re missing out. The 4K detail will make every moment look so good, you’ll have a better seat than if you were stood in the stands.
There’s a few Sky and BT Sports channels that let you watch movies and big events in 4K. But, you do have to pay for the package. The free channels that you flick through are still in SD or HD.
The likes of Netflix, YouTube, Disney+ and Amazon Prime all offer 4K streaming. So, if you’ve already got a subscription, you’ll be good to watch your childhood classics and new boxsets in this top quality. Just make sure your internet speed is up to it too – it needs to be at least 15Mbps or higher.
Although most catch-up apps aren’t in 4K yet, it’s looking promising. BBC iPlayer have started to roll out some of their best series in 4K, including Doctor Who, and David Attenborough’s latest docu-series ‘A Perfect Planet’. Who wouldn’t want to see the best Time Lords and cheeky chimps in all their glory?
Prefer to buy the Blu-rays than pay out for an app? Pair this screen with a 4K Blu-ray player or certain games consoles to watch UHD films at their best.
A 4K UHD TV is able to play 4K shows, films and games. They have 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is 4 times the quality of Full HD. This means that everything will look more detailed.
Officially, all 4K TVs are 4K UHD – some just say 4K for simplicity. 4K UHD was formed as it’s the TV and broadcasting version of the 4K that we see on cinema screens.
We sell 4K TVs from £299 all the way up to £6,999. The big range in price is a factor of all sorts of things – from screen size to the tech it has inside. There’s always deals going on, so you’ll be able to find one that’s at the right price for you.
This all depends on what you’re going to be using it for – there are great ones out there. Some come with clever screen tech that’ll get rid of any blurring for sports or games, while others have the best sound tech that’ll really wrap you up in your movies. Want some help choosing? Head to our buying guide to find the right TV for you.
4K and HDR are two different screen technologies that, when joined together, make shows, films and games look so realistic. 4K handles the detail while HDR brightens and dims the screen to create the perfect colour shades. What a power couple.
*cough, cough* Hi, we’re AO and we sell all different electricals, including 4K TVs. They range from 43 to 86 inches and come with all kinds of screen and audio tech to make movies and games look and sound amazing. Got a favourite brand in mind? We’ve got models from big names like Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and LG. And, we always offer free delivery.