Samsung is doubling down on 4K films and TV. The Korean company is adding 4K Amazon streaming and bringing 4K Netflix to Europe, so you can enjoy eye-scorching detail on your Ultra High Definition television.
UHD, also known as 4K, is the next step after high definition, with a resolution of 3,840x2,160 pixels -- four times that of full HD. It's still new enough that not only are the TVs expensive, but if you do invest there'sthat takes advantage of the whopping resolution. That means it's in the interests of manufacturers such as Samsung and Sony to help provide stuff for you to watch in order to persuade you to fork out for the TV.
As such, Samsung TVs will be able to stream movies and TV in UHD from Amazon's video streaming on-demand service from October. That will be available "globally", although Samsung hasn't confirmed exactly which countries that includes.
And havingacross the US and other countries -- starting with smash hit political potboiler "House of Cards" -- Samsung will now show Netflix UHD streaming for viewers in Europe.
4K movies and TV will also be available from German service Maxdome, Italian service Chili, and Wuaki.tv, which is available in the UK and Spain.
Samsung has dipped its toes into UHD content with thewarm-up matches from Portugese broadcaster Meo, and opera from Austria, live-streaming Placido Domingo belting out "Nabucco" through the Vienna Opera App. In the next year, 10 more performances are planned in UHD, including a performance of "Die Fledermaus" on New Year's Eve.
In its home country Korea, Samsung began UHD broadcasts in April with cable provider CJ Hello Vision. That will extend to CNM and T-Broad before the end of the year.