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Samsung reveals Amazon Instant Video 4K streams start this October

updated 07:19 pm EDT, Thu August 28, 2014

Samsung Ultra HD televisions among first to receive 4K Amazon content

Amazon Instant Video will soon start to stream TV shows and films in 4K-resolution, with Samsung Ultra HD televisions set to be among the first to receive the content. The electronics giant revealed that the retailer will start streaming the high-resolution video to customers with 4K-compatible televisions from October, with all global versions of Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video set to receive it at the same time.

Spotted by Engadget, Samsung advised of the Amazon streaming plans as part of a wider press release, detailing the upcoming proliferation of similar 4K streaming from various video-on-demand services. The company has apparently worked with other European content providers to provide more content for its Ultra HD televisions, including Wuaki.tv and Maxdrome, though Samsung did not mention whether Amazon's streaming at 4K will be available to other brands of television at the same time.

Alpha House, an Amazon Original series filmed in 4K
Alpha House, an Amazon Original series filmed in 4K


Amazon is relatively late to 4K streaming, lagging behind Netflix by half a year. The retailer has laid the ground work for a 4K service, having recorded all of its 2014 original programming, including existing shows and pilots, in the format.




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