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What the Heck Is 4K HDR?
It makes movies and TV shows look amazing.
If you want to view your favorite movies and series in the sharpest, most vivid format possible, look for these five characters: 4K HDR.
You’ve probably seen the acronym. But what does it mean, exactly? And how do you watch it?
Required hardware (very little)
To start, let’s dispel the biggest myth: that you need fancy gear to view 4K HDR video. The iPhone 8 and later models, as well as any iPad Pro, can all play 4K HDR content. And with an Apple TV 4K set-top box, video automatically plays in the highest resolution and HDR format your TV can display.
A crash course
Wondering about the technical details? Here’s everything you need to know:
4K refers to the resolution of the video. It’s an ultra-high-resolution standard that has four times the number of pixels as standard HD video (also known as 1080p). Or to put it more simply: It’s really, really sharp.
HDR stands for high dynamic range. Thanks to the format’s improved contrast and more realistic colors, it brings out details that weren’t visible before, especially in some scenes—like nighttime action sequences—that were once shrouded in darkness.
So you’ve got the right hardware. Now all you need are the right apps. Here’s a rundown of what to watch and where to watch it.
For sports: Fox Now is streaming NFL Thursday Night Football games in 4K. The gridiron action has never looked this real!
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For series: Original shows in DC Universe (Titans, Doom Patrol), Hulu (Wu Tang: An American Saga, Castle Rock), Netflix (Lost in Space, Stranger Things), Prime Video (Fleabag, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), and the Apple TV app (The Morning Show, See) are available in 4K. No need to do anything special as long as your internet connection is fast enough to support the higher resolution.
For movies: Epix Now, Netflix, and Prime Video stream feature films in 4K.
For rent or purchase: FandangoNow, Vudu, YouTube, and the Apple TV app all offer films in 4K HDR.