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Sky has finally given us a date for its 4K service. The service will launch on August 13th, which is the first day of the new Premier League season. Coincidence? Not on your nelly. Sky will show all of its 124 live Premier League fixtures in 4K, which should make for a stunning viewing experience.

But what else will it show? How much does it cost? And how do you get it? We've got all the details right here.

1 It'll include sports, films and TV shows

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4K is a picture resolution that contains four times as many pixels as standard high definition, making for a much sharper image. As well as its Premier League coverage, Sky will show every race from the Formula 1 2017 season in 4K, as well as over 70 films, including 'Spectre', 'The Revenant', 'The Martian', 'Bridge of Spies', 'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials' and 'Concussion'.

You'll also be able to watch a shedload of 4K films on-demand, including 'Minority Report', 'Forrest Gump', 'The Godfather', 'Jerry Maguire', 'Zoolander', 'The Da Vinci Code' and the Spider-Man trilogy.

Plus Sky Store has more than 30 4K films to rent, including 'Angry Birds' and the 'Ghostbusters' and 'Men in Black' box sets.

Sky is also cueing up a bunch of natural history and documentary programmes in 4K, including 'Big Cats: An Amazing Animal Family', 'Richard Hammond's Jungle Quest', 'Story of God' with Morgan Freeman, and its David Attenborough catalogue.

Your general entertainment needs are covered, too. New dramas including the Jude Law-starring 'The Young Pope' and series four of 'The Blacklist' will be available in 4K, alongside Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's beano 'The Trip to Spain', Blur in concert, and 'Sky Arts' Landscape Artist of the Year 2016'.

Plenty to get your teeth into.

2 You'll need Sky Q Silver and a 4K TV

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To watch all this in 4K, you'll need the Sky Q Silver bundle, which, if you're new to Sky, starts at £56 a month. There's also a one-off installation fee of £10 (or £149 for existing Sky subscribers).

However, that monthly price doesn't include Sky Cinema or Sky Sports. If you want to enjoy films and sport in 4K, you'll need to shell out an extra £18 a month for Sky Cinema, or £27.50 a month for Sky Sports. Or you can add both for £36 a month.

Were you to take the full bundle of Sky Q Silver, with Sky Sports and Sky Cinema, you'd face a monthly bill of £92, plus the installation fee. That's not cheap.

You'll also need a 4K-compatible TV, otherwise you won't get the benefit of the extra pixels. These are a lot cheaper than when they first launched, but it's still another expense. Unless you have one already, of course.

Your telly will need to support the 2160p resolution at 50 frames per second and HDCP 2.2. You should be able to find that information in the instruction manual – here's a handy site if you've lost yours.

3 It won't cost you any extra

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However, the good news is that Sky doesn't charge any extra for watching content in 4K. As long as you've got the Sky Q Silver bundle and a TV that can display the full resolution, you're good to go.

4 You'll be prompted to watch live programmes in 4K

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So how do you actually watch in 4K? There are a few different ways.

For sports broadcast live in 4K, an Ultra HD prompt will appear on screen. Select it, and you'll be taken to the Ultra HD live broadcast. You can switch between the Ultra HD and standard HD feeds at any time using the Mini Guide.

You can also find 4K sports broadcasts through the Sky Sports Home Page. Then either tune in live, or, if they're being shown later in the week, book a recording.

Failing that, you can watch in 4K through the sports red button application.

Films, documentaries, drama and entertainment shows are all available on-demand in 4K – just head to the relevant section in the home page, select the Ultra HD tag and start downloading.

Unlike HD when it launched, there aren't any dedicated 4K channels. Not yet, anyway.

5 More 4K content is coming soon

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Sky has promised that this is just the start. It says that "more sports, movies, documentaries and drama" in 4K are coming soon. Watch this space for further announcements...

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