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  • Author John Steward
  • Published January 13, 2014

Why 2014 is the year of ULTRA HD

Ultra high-definition is here. You can already buy the screens to display it – and now Netflix and Amazon have announced UHD 4K streaming…
 
If you buy one of the TVs LG announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, you’ll be in for a treat. Not only are they OLED screens, they display ULTRA HD pictures. And best of all, they’re the first TVs ever to be able to stream ULTRA HD content directly from Netflix.
 
The on-demand video company had such success with its self-produced House of Cards in 2013 that it’s going to be making and distributing the second series in ULTRA HD – along with all of its future original content. Also, Breaking Bad. Yes, you’ll be able to watch that in ULTRA HD too. Excited? We are.
 
Streaming is in the vanguard of ULTRA HD distribution tech. Both Netflix and Amazon have announced plans to deliver content in the format, directly to living rooms. That’s way ahead of the conventional media we’re all used to seeing – but we’re going to allow ourselves a wish-list. The following stuff is all being filmed in 4K (even if it isn’t being shown in all its glory); we can only imagine how amazing it would look on one of those new sets…
 
The FIFA World Cup final
Football looks fantastic in regular 1080p Full HD. We all know this. That’s why we’re delighted that the final match of this year’s World Cup will be filmed in 4K. It’s set to be broadcast, too, although it doesn’t look likely that viewers in the UK will be able to see it.
 

 
Captain America: Winter Soldier
There’s nothing like a full-on action blockbuster for showing off new display tech. Remember how good the Star Wars prequels looked? They were among the first movies to be shot digitally in HD, and set the standard immediately. The latest Captain America installment has been shot in 4K and we’re salivating at the prospect of seeing it on the big screen.
 

 
The Hobbit: There and Back Again
All three of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films are getting the UHD treatment, not to mention a 48fps high frame-rate 3D version. The first one didn’t go down so well in its super-duper HFR form but the second looks far better. We’re expecting the third one, due around Christmas time, to be eye-poppingly spectacular.
 

 
Click here for more information from Stuff and Whathifi.com’s reporters at the show.
 
So, what about those new tellies? LG has announced three: the 77in 77EC9800, the 65in 65EC9700 and the 55in 55EC9700. All three are OLED, all three have ULTRA HD resolution and all three will be able to access the super-duper Netflix streams.
 
John Steward writes for What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine

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