Sony launches 4K download service; can UltraHD OTT be too far behind?

Sony last week launched its Video Unlimited 4K download service, making available 4K UltraHD television shows, short films and movies to owners of the company’s 4K media player and 4K UltraHD TVs.

Initially, the download service is making available more than 70 4K UltraHD movies and TV shows. A library of more than 100 titles is expected by the end of the year. Shows and movie available for download in 4K UltraHD include “Breaking Bad,” “Moneyball,” “Ghostbusters,” and “The Guns of Navarone.” The 4K download service will offer 4K titles for rent and purchase. Prices will range from $3.99 for a 24-hour TV show rental to $29.99 for purchase.



I notice they don’t mention the size of the downloads. Even with HEVC, they may be out of reach for people like myself with a top speed of 6mbps, and a monthly cap of 150gb.

According to Sony, the 4K movie titles will each take up 45 to 60 gigabytes.

Sony says future compression technologies will reduce the size of 4K video by roughly half.

A broadband connection of at least 10Mbps is recommended.