With so many streaming services to choose from, their differences become even more important. What if video quality is the biggest thing you care about? Which service is right for you? Let’s find out.
The good news is most of the popular services now offer streaming in 4K, whether that’s included with the base plans or requires a special plan. Of course, you’ll need a 4K TV if you want to take advantage of that.
4K Ultra HD and HDR
I just said most streaming services offer 4K content. Well, I think it’s safe to say practically all streaming services do now. In fact, they also offer Dolby Vision, HDR10, and some even have HDR10+. Here’s the list:
- Amazon Prime Video (4K, Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+)
- Netflix (4K, Dolby Vision, HDR10)
- HBO Max (4K, Dolby Vision, HDR10)
- Paramount+ (4K, Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+)
- Peacock (4K, Dolby Vision, HDR10)
- Disney+ (4K, Dolby Vision, HDR10)
- Hulu (4K, Dolby Vision, HDR10)
- Apple TV+ (4K, Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+).
There are a couple of things to point out: Netflix only offers 4K and HDR with its “Premium” plan for a whopping $19.99 per month—the standard $15.49 plan is capped at 1080p. Paramount+ also restricts 4K to its “Premium” plan, but it’s only $9.99 per month. The other services include 4K in their standard pricing.
However, one thing to keep in mind is that not everything you watch on these services will be in 4K. For example, Peacock, in particular, does technically support 4K, but it offers very few titles in it. Apple TV+ also has a much smaller library than the others, which means there’s less 4K content to watch.
However, since all these services offer 4K and HDR in some form or another, you can base your choice on other things, like sheer library size or how much of that library is highly-rated content.
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