To make your 4K TV look its best, you need 4K HDR content. It’s not just about resolution anymore, as HDR adds deeper colors, inky blacks and brighter highlights. Whether it’s the latest Netflix show or a remastered classic movie, HDR can help your entertainment become more involving and exciting.
While the easiest way to get content is to stream it, it’s not always just a matter of turning on the TV and watching a new show in ultrahigh quality. The steps below should be all you need to get your 4K HDR streaming up and running.
1) Streamer or apps
Your HDR TV likely has several apps you can use to stream 4K HDR content. Netflix is certainly the most ubiquitous, but other options include Amazon, Vudu and even YouTube.
If your TV doesn’t have all the options you want, then the best solution is an external media streamer. These inexpensive devices have far more streaming channels than a smart TV, though of course, not all of those have HDR. Check out our media streamer reviews for some of the best options, including our current favorite, the.
2) Fast-enough internet
Even if you’ve been streaming for years, your internet might not be fast enough to handle 4K HDR. Netflix says you need a minimum of 25Mbps, while Vudu says you need at least 11Mbps. Ideally, you should have more than that, and according to SpeedTest, the average speed in the United States is 87Mbps.
It’s worth investigating though, especially if you haven’t checked in on your service in a while. Many providers upgrade their service, but older customers may get stuck at slower speeds while newer customers get faster connections for the same price. Check with your provider, you may be eligible for a free upgrade.
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