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YouTube has just dropped a new app for smart TVs, and it makes it easier than ever to find 4K videos.

4K is a new picture resolution that has four times as many pixels as high definition. That means the image is much sharper and clearer than normal HD. A lot of new TVs are 4K, but they're still more expensive than standard models.

Generally speaking, 4K content is still a little thin on the ground. Sky just launched its 4K service on Sky Q, and BT offers its BT Sport Ultra HD channel, but both require subscriptions. What if you've bought a 4K TV but don't want to shell out for either service?

That's where YouTube's new app comes in.

It features a 4K tab alongside the standard ones for Recommended, Trending, Entertainment and News videos.

According to Google – which owns YouTube – half of its US viewers have watched via their smart TVs. It claims it now has to compete with Netflix rather than Facebook, in the battle for eyeballs.

There's also a new section for live streams, which is an area currently dominated by Facebook Live and Twitch (which is owned by Amazon).

Unfortunately, the app is US-only for now, so us Brits will have to wait to see it. But hopefully it's just the first step in making 4K videos more widely available.

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