As you may have already heard, a new video technology has been developed called 4k or UHD (Ultra High Definition) and it is becoming increasingly popular. Several companies have already formed the UHD Alliance to decide what services will be a part of the new age of television technologies. This includes but is not limited to LG, Samsung, 20th Century Fox and, most importantly, Netflix.
4k television sets essentially allow viewers to see video material at a much higher resolution than HD. It also allows you to sit closer to the screen without the image breaking down into individual pixels. This is because the a 4k set has around 8 million pixels, densely packed into a regular sized screen.
This is four times as many pixels as an HD TV has. UHD or 4k TV sets have 3840 x 2160 resolution or 2160p while HD television sets have 1920×1080 resolution or 1080p. It’s hard to imagine a better quality television set than an HD TV however, it appears that the 4k is taking over the position HD once held as the high resolution center of Americas living room. To find out more information on the UHD television visit techradar or 4k.
We need Netflix. We in the independent sector more than anybody need Netflix, because they care about what we do. – Harvey Weinstein
This new development will allow movie and television directors to distribute their videos in the exact resolution they made them for. Unfortunately, there are only a few movies and TV shows created or formatted for 4k television sets. Many of these are on Netflix and more are sure to come in the future. To play the 4k shows on Netflix you will need a compatible UHD TV, a 4k supporting Netflix plan and at least a 25 megabits per second internet connection speed.
If you meet all these requirements and have a 4k television or you plan to buy one soon, you might be interested to know which shows you will be able to watch on Netflix in UHD. Here is a list of the shows and movies Netflix offers to the excited pioneers of television viewing technology in alphabetical order.
- A Very Murray Christmas (2015): Bill Murray and some celebrity friends put on a holiday variety show for our amusement.
- Bad Asses on the Bayou (2015): Two friends team up with a girl’s father to rescue her when she’s kidnapped before her wedding.
- Better Call Saul (2015): The prequel to Breaking Bad, Jimmy McGill struggles as a new lawyer while his brother and best friend work at a large franchise Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill.
- The Blacklist (2015): A fugitive turns himself in to the FBI but demands to be partners with Elizabeth Keen before he will help them catch other criminals.
- Bloodline (2016): Danny Rayburn, the oldest son and black sheep of a prestigious family, threatens to unearth some old family secrets which causes friction between the family members.
- Bo Burnham Make Happy (Coming soon June 3): Bo Burnham will delight his audience once more with his comic stylings mixed with original music.
- Breaking Bad (2013): Walter White, a 50 year old Chemistry teacher and family man, finds out suddenly that he has cancer. He then makes some very desperate decisions and eventually realizes a new talent for making meth.
- The Characters (2016): A Netflix original series where eight not-yet-famous comedians are asked to perform their best sketches and routines.
- Chefs Table (2016): A Netflix original documentary series that focuses on the creative cooking styles of international renowned chefs.
- Chelsea Does (2016): In this documentary series comedian Chelsea Lately converses over and explores four topics that interest her, these are drugs, racism, marriage and Silicon Valley.
- Cooked (2016): A Netflix original documentary series that explores the world of cooking in the kitchens of places like India and Morocco. The first season is four episodes called Fire,Water, Air and Earth which each touch on the complexities and skills by which food comes to be as it is.
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016): This is a Netflix original movie about a notorious warrior named Yu Shu-Lien who comes out of retirement to take bake a stolen Green Destiny sword from the evil hands it has fallen into.
- Daredevil (2016): Matt Murdock, blinded as a child in a horrible accident leads a double life as an attorney/super hero who uses his other sharpened senses to battle injustice and bad guys.
- The Da Vinci Code (2006): Someone is killed inside the Louvre in Paris which leads to some cryptic clues in some of Leonardo Da Vincis great works. These clues lead to a deep religious secret that has been hidden for hundreds of years by a secret society.
- The Do-Over (2016): Two guys (played by Adam Sandler and David Spade) fake their deaths and assume new identities and go to Puerto Rico where they find out the men who they are pretending to be were in some trouble with the law.
- Fireplace: Birchwood Edition (2015): Just a fireplace for ambiance.
- Fireplace: Classic Edition (2015)
- Flaked (2016): Chip, played by Will Arnett, tries hard to maintain his positive image in his community without fully dealing with his own problems and alcoholism.
- Fuller House (2016): This is a continuation of the show Full house where Stephanie, Kimmy, and DJ are all grown up and moving back into the original house with their children.
- Grace and Frankie (2016): Grace and Frankie are enjoying retirement separately but are brought together when their husbands fall in love and leave them for one another.
- Hannibal Buress Comedy Camisado (2016): Hannibal Buress delivers his stand-up in an almost sleepy but sharply funny manner.
- Hibana: Spark (2016): A series adapted from a novel called Hibana, two comedians go on a search for meaning in life.
- The Holiday (2006): Amanda from Los Angeles and Iris from London swap homes in hopes of some new scenery and people.
- House of Cards (2016): Congressman Frank Underwood played by Kevin Spacey uses ruthless but ingenious techniques to maneuver his way up the political ladder.
- I’m Brent Morin (2015): Brent Morin is a witty young comedian focusing on the trials of young love, hot guys problems and girlfriend stealing magicians.
- Jessica Jones (2015): Jessica Jones is a former super hero who’s career in crime fighting was cut short by a tragedy. She moves to New York and opens a detective agency while she looks for her tormentor.
- Jimmy Carr Funny Business (2016): Jimmy Carr delivers his comedy in witty one liners to his audience at the Hammersmith Apollo theater in the UK.
- Keith Richards Under the Influence (2015): A documentary illustrating the life of Kieth Richards, world renowned guitar hero and rock star.
- Lady Dynamite (2016): Maria Bamford plays herself in this series about a young woman living in LA and trying to get her life in order.
- Longmire (2015): This show is about a Wyoming sheriff who’s trying to get back into his job and rebuild his life after his wife dies. It’s difficult work but he’s especially adept at catching criminals.
- Love (2016): This is a Netflix original series about Mickey and Gus who are two young people navigating the ins and outs of modern romance while trying to get their lives on track.
- Luke Cage (Coming soon): Marvel Superhero Luke Cage is an ex-con who fights crime on the streets of New York.
- Marcella (Coming soon on July 1): A Netflix original series about an investigator returning to her job in London after a failed marriage.
- Marco Polo (2014): Who knew that Marco Polo was just one person and not two blind people who lived near a body of water? This series depicts the explorer Marco Polo and his involvement in the court of Kublai Khan.
- Marco Polo: One Hundred Eyes (2015): This is a separate origin story episode of Marco Polo where a warrior monk shows up to the court in chains.
- Marseille (2016): A Netflix original series about the struggle for control of a city called Marseille.
- Master of None (2015): Comedian Aziz Ansari portrays Dev who goes about his daily life meeting with friends and experiencing all the funny issues young millennials face.
- Moving Art: Oceans (2014): Filmography that captures the all the calm beauty of the oceans. All of the Moving Art movies would be an excellent choice for your 4k television. The visuals are awe inspiring in UHD.
- Moving Art: Flowers (2014): Time lapse photography of flowers blooming and growing.
- Moving Art: Forests (2014): Film and photography taken in the gorgeous Olympic National Park.
- Moving Art: Deserts (2014): Film taken at the Four Corners region of America where the beauty and vastness of the desert is explored.
- Narcos (2015): A DEA agent and his partner search for Pablo Escobar amidst the infamous Colombian cartels.
- Patton Oswald Talking for Clapping (2016): Comedian Patton Oswald jokes about clowns and drugs in San Francisco.
- Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016): Pee-wee Herman goes on his first ever vacation after an encounter with a stranger.
- The Ranch (2016): Colt has returned to his family ranch after failing to become a pro athlete. Now he has to help his dad and brother and find out where he fits amidst all the tough love.
- The Ridiculous 6 (2015): Five half-brothers who never met one another before have to go find and rescue their outlaw father who has been kidnapped.
- Sense 8 (2015): Eight people with telepathic powers are trying to escape being killed for their gifts.
- Special Correspondents (2016): A radio team creates fake battle field reports after they loose their passports and it gets them into very deep trouble.
- Talladega Knight: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006): Ricky Bobby is a famous NASCAR racer who’s got it all. When an accident makes him believe he can’t race anymore, he has to work with his alcoholic absentee father to learn how to go fast again.
- Tears of Steel (2012): There was a robot apocalypse that scientists are going back in time to try and prevent.
- Terra (2015): A documentary about how far people have distanced themselves from other parts of nature and how we might go back.
- Theo Von: No Offense (2016): A young comedian talks about dating disasters and rogue chimpanzees without censoring anything coming out of his mouth.
- Tom Segura: Mostly Stories (2016): Tom Segura is a brilliant laid back comedian who tells stories about BIKES and Mike Tyson.
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2016): Kimmy is just released from an underground cult after 15 years so she moves to New York to live her life to the fullest with her new musical loving room mate.
- Video Game High School (2014): Brian is admitted into a prestigious high school where instead of sports everyone plays video games.
- Wet Hot American Summer (2015): A Netflix original series the is the prequel to the movie Wet Hot American Summer made in 2001. It is the story of the the counselors, staff and campers at Camp Firewood in Maine.
- What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015): The story, told through archived recordings, of famous singer Nina Simone and her fight for equality.
The 4k television is shaping up to be the next huge change for television viewing for the coming years, just as HD was a few years back. If you’re one of those people who truly enjoys being at the forefront of technological progress, I salute you and sincerely hope that this list helped you find movies to watch on your 8 million pixel vessel into the future. To find out more about streaming Netflix in UHD visit the Netflix help page.
The 4k options are, as of yet, not overwhelming however, if you don’t mind watching Netflix is regular old high definition, find out which movies are the best of 2016 and of all time or, if you have a bit of time on your hands, try going on a Netflix originals binge. If you still can’t decide take our quiz to find out what movies you should watch on Netflix tonight.