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Old 12-09-2014, 05:04 PM
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Default Amazon Instant Video Flips The 4K Streaming Switch, Leapfrogs Over Netflix

A 4K Ultra HD Smart TV with the latest Amazon Prime app is required in order to watch movies and TV shows in native 4K.

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Amazon has flipped on 4K video for several movies and TV shows, offering them to Amazon Prime subscribers at no extra cost.”

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Netflix does offer 4K also, the leapfrog term is just the title of the article. If both companies are offering 4K then there is no advantage to Amazon unless Amazon offers more movies.

I am reading articles that say 4K needs between 15Mbps-50Mbps+ minimum Internet speed. If many people in the same house are using the Internet at the same time then even faster speeds are needed. Verizon FIOS now offers the same upload and download speeds for all their plans. For example, the 500Mbps upload and 500Mbps download plan is fast enough for just about anything. However, in rural areas the maximum ADSL speeds are sometimes only around 12Mbps which is not fast enough for 4K.

The 4K optical disc format will be the only way to watch 4K movies for people in rural areas, until rural areas increase their Internet speeds and capacity. Also 4K optical discs have higher video bit rates with 7.1 lossless audio.
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I am in a rural area and my ADSL speed is 17725 according to transceiver data. If I download from certain sites using a download accelerator I get about that speed (using the 17725/10 method accounting for the overhead.) However, in real world application I get nothing near the requirements for 4K streaming. Even Netflix on my old tv in the bedroom streaming low-def (dvd rez) every so often gets hiccups.
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I am in a rural area and my ADSL speed is 17725 according to transceiver data. If I download from certain sites using a download accelerator I get about that speed (using the 17725/10 method accounting for the overhead.) However, in real world application I get nothing near the requirements for 4K streaming. Even Netflix on my old tv in the bedroom streaming low-def (dvd rez) every so often gets hiccups.
4K streaming now when we can't even really get blu-ray quality streaming. *facepalm*

I will stick with getting physical copies when I want the best quality I can get.
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