Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and even YouTube have toyed with the quality of their streams throughout Europe during the COVID crises and that's left AV fans uncertain about the truth behind their online 4K fix. The good news is that there are options for high quality video viewing without having to worry about throttled bitrates.
Even with the best of upscaling engines, most TVs over 50in in size are going to produce a pretty ropey image if they're force fed an SD-only diet. It might be time to consider getting back to the superior quality of physical formats or opt for paid-for rentals and downloads.
Below you'll find our pick of the best Blu-ray player deals as well as offers on 4K Blu-ray discs and some bargain 4K film downloads - high-quality entertainment regardless of your bandwidth.
- 4K Blu-rays on Amazon
- 4K Blu-rays on 365games
- 4K Blu-rays on Zavvi
- 4K films on Google Play Movies and TV
- 4K films on Chili
Blu-ray player deals
£100 £79 at Richer Sounds
Vibrant colours, oodles of detail and a great sound? Sign us up! This cheap Panasonic HD Blu-ray player is a bargain at less than £75 and rock bottom for a disc spinner.View Deal
Panasonic DP-UB450EB 4K BD Player
£219 £150 at Amazon
Terrific deal on this HDR10+ and Dolby Vision-supporting BD player. It's virtually identical to the Panasonic above in terms of performance but the addition of the HDR coverage and twin HDMI ports make it the one to buy at this price.View Deal
Sony UBP-X700 Ultra HD Blu-ray player
£249 £185 at Amazon
This 2018 Award winner boasts virtually identical features to the Award-winning UBP-X800 above but supports Dolby Vision HDR. It’ll take quite some rival to knock this superb 4K player off its five-star perch.View Deal
Sony UBP-X800M2 4K Blu-ray player £400 £294 at Sevenoaks
This Sony 4K Blu-ray player supports stunning Atmos and DTS:X sound, plus HDR images with BT.2020 colour. High resolution music is also supported, plus you can stream wireless music to your Bluetooth headphones for private listening. Winner.View Deal
Panasonic DP-UB820 4K Blu-ray player
£399 £299 at Seveoaks
Panasonic's top of the range 2018 player has got everything you need. HDR-wise you're covered with Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and HLG. It's also a great choice for those with some serious surround sound as it supports 7.1-channel audio.
4K Blu-ray deals and recommendations
Dunkirk 4K Blu-ray for £15 at Amazon
Christopher Nolan's WWII masterpiece is a fitting cinematic treat to own on disc. It's a brilliant tale of an amazing and terrible moment in history told through the lens of individual stories. The sweeps or the wide open beach and dividing sea are 4K HDR heaven.View Deal
The Greatest Showman 4K Blu-ray £20 at Zavvi
One of the best family films of recent times, this is the kind of disc you can watch again and again without getting bored. Its grand, spectacular staging and choreography is perfect for 4K and makes for a brilliant sing-along option - hours of entertainment.View Deal
Captain America Trilogy 4K Blu-ray £39 at Amazon
Not one but all three of Marvel's Captain America films in 4K. That's the The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier and Civil War for £13 per movie. As one of the cleaner Marvel characters, it also make a reasonable family option for those with slightly older children.View Deal
2 for £20 4K Blu-rays at Zavvi
Choose from two 4K Blu-ray discs from a list of 60 titles and Zavvi will charge you just £10 each. Films include Blade Runner 2049, Baby Driver, Zombieland and many more.View Deal
La La Land (2017) 4K - iTunes £2.99
It's an absolute steal for this Oscar-nominated musical on iTunes at the moment. Enjoy this tale of trying to chase your dreams in a city that will swallow you up again and again.
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) 4K - iTunes £4.99
Drop back into the world of Replicants and those that track them down with this visually stunning sequel to the Ridley Scott original - a great film for testing out your system too.View Deal
The Revenant (2015) 4K - iTunes £3.99
This is an incredibly low price to pay for one of the best films of its year. This frontier modern classic features great performances from DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and a bear.View Deal
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) 4K - iTunes £4.99
Not caught up with the latest installment of Hollywood's favourite hitman? It's a good time to grab John Wick 3. Just make sure you leave his dog alone.View Deal