We already knew that Amazon would start streaming in 4K ultra high definition at some point, but now we know it’ll be in October.
Amazon hasn’t actually made the announcement, but Samsung accidentally let it slip.
In a press release, Samsung said it will support Amazon’s new UHD (ultra high definition, aka 4K) service in October. So it doesn’t take a detective to figure out that means Amazon Prime Instant Video will start streaming in 4K around then.
Amazon already said it was filming its 2014 original series line-up in 4K, and that it would stream them in 4K to Samsung TVs. Now we know when.
To watch in 4K, you’ll need a compatible TV. 4K tellies are gradually becoming more affordable, though they’re still pricier than standard models. This is one of the main barriers stopping the technology being mainstream. That and the fact you need a fast broadband connection.
To stream Netflix in 4K, for example, you’ll need 15Mb/s, which is just below the average UK speed. Amazon hasn’t said what kind of connection you’ll need to stream Prime Instant Video in 4K.