4K TVs have long been a reality in our homes . The technology has made the resolution four times higher (4K) which together with the high dynamic range (or HDR) the quality of the image is much better, with more shades of black and white and more natural colors.
The 4K video has a resolution of 3840 × 2160 pixels, that is, four times more than an HD (1080p) image and 16 times more than a DVD . The HDR, on the other hand, is an old acquaintance of photography that seeks in televisions to generate greater intensity between the darkest and clearest areas of an image in order to offer us a greater level of detail, thanks to the fact that it has a range of grays wider than the previous technologies. That is, with the HDR we have blacks, blacks, brighter whites and more realistic colors.
But, as in many cases, content is king . We can have a beautiful 4K HDR TV but it will not do us any good if we can not see in it contents adequate to the quality of its screen. Let’s see some examples of what we can “take” to our televisions to enjoy them to the fullest.
Indeed, we have some options where to find visual content in 4K totally free . We should first pay attention to the television manufacturer. Many of the manufacturers provide a channel with 4K videos to be able to test the quality of the panel . It is not that the contents are the most interesting in the world, but we can not deny that they are beautiful videos.
The second place to go for free content is the inevitable YouTube . In the browser of our television (or in the corresponding app) we will only have to type “4K” or “video 4K” and we will be presented with hundreds of videos, movie trailers, recordings, etc. at 4K resolution , including action videos like those recorded with cameras like the GoPro .
We can also go to Vimeo , where we will also find thousands of videos in this resolution . To find them we will just have to type 4K and we will see all the videos of this platform labeled like this.
Netflix has popularized streaming video in our country and offers several viewing options. What we are obviously interested in are the contents available on Netflix in 4K: we now have series like ‘Marco Polo’ and soon more titles like ‘Daredevil’, ‘The Ridiculous 6’, ‘A series of unfortunate misfortunes’, as well as movies , documentaries , et cetera.
Amazon Video has been the last to arrive but it presents us with enough content in 4K, several dozens of films like ‘Spiderman’, ‘The Hulk’ or ‘Mission Impossible 4’, among many others, as well as series like ‘El Gran Tour’ or ‘Mozar in the Jungle’, the latter in 4K HDR
Wuaki TV has been offering content in 4K since December 2014 , so it already has a wide catalog in this resolution.
In addition to these platforms, some channels (especially international) broadcast some programs in this resolution as sports broadcasts , some of them even live, such as BT Sport .
Consoles and games
The latest generation consoles such as the Playstation 4 Pro already allow you to enjoy games in 4K . Games like FIFA 2017, Battlefield 1 or The Guardian improve visually thanks to the union of these two devices (console and television), providing us with more level of detail in environments and characters .
In addition, some of these consoles, such as the Xbox One S, allow the playback of Blu-Ray 4k Ultra HD , whose biggest advantage over streaming platforms is that we will not depend on a quality connection. Although, yes, we should pay attention to HDMI cables and demand quality and compatibility with HDMI 2.0 at least and with the HDCP 2.2 standard.
And all these are the available contents, today to enjoy our 4K TV to the maximum : movies, series, sports, documentaries and even games. It seems that it is worth it to go to 4K HDR, right?