Amazon to offer free 4K content streaming

Amazon hasn't confirmed if this will initially be in the US only - or if UK subscribers will also be able to reap the same high-resolution benefits.

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Unlike Netflix, which charges extra for the privilege to stream in 4K, Amazon has said it will offer its content for free to their Prime subscribers.

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Confirmed 4K content includes Amazon's original series Alpha House, Transparent and Mozart In The Jungle, while the Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga concert Cheek To Cheek will be available too. It's expected that more movies and TV programmes will be added over time.

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Amazon has said users will be required to update the Amazon Instant Video app on their TVs, which can be done at no added cost.

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.