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Nick7
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4k streaming on NowTv

Hi, I just read the news that NowTV launched a new smart box 4K, my question is when the content (movies and tv series) will be starting streaming in 4K and if it will be available only trough the new 4k smart box or as well on my LG smart tv or Apple 4K tv?

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schnapps Legend 5
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Re: 4k streaming on NowTv

Hi @Nick7

Nowtv haven't yet got 1080p which is suppose to be coming to their streaming service by end of 2018.

I can't see 4K happening on NowTV content for a long time or if it would ever by available to be honest (might be a pipe dream).

I would be quite happy myself for 1080p (high bitrate) with 5.1 surround sound and 50fps playback when using a nowtv sports pass.

At the moment the only 4K stuff or Apps that are capable on their new 4K smart box is Netflix, YouTube and BBC iPlayer (where i am guessing your LG 4K smart TV & ATV 4K as already got these Apps anyway).

Nick7
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Re: 4k streaming on NowTv

So are they launching a 4k smart box branded “NowTV Smart Box with 4K” and the only streaming service in 4K is Netflix (and other apps)?! That’s silly.

schnapps Legend 5
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Hi @Nick7

Yep no 4K on the new smart 4K box for the NowTV App, at the moment it's 720p, where it will be 1080p sometime in the next couple of months possibly end of 2018 or early 2019.

Perhaps the 4K smart box has been introduced into the market for future proofing if one day that nowtv does offer 4K on their nowtv service.

Who knows what plans NowTV / Sky have for this new smart box ?

jakkal911
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Well this sucks considering I just bought one, and I can’t take it back now. False advertisement 😞
marcusvenn
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Re: 4k streaming on NowTv

i know and whats the best part is theyve removed the freeview completly!! haha nice one

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marcusvenn
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how are you managing without the freeview?

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crashcris
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Re: 4k streaming on NowTv

Does anybody know definitively if the BBC 4k iplayer app is compatible with this new box, has anybody watched the Dynasties series in 4k on this box yet? Many thanks.

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schnapps Legend 5
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Hi @crashcris

Both my NowTV 4K smart box and my Roku Stick Plus both seems to play the Dynasties series in UHD to my eyes.

The Roku Streaming Stick Plus is shown on the BBC iPlayer UHD compatible products website list (together with my television), but i couldn't find the new NowTV 4K smart box on the list.

When playing the first episode both my NowTV 4K smart box and Roku Stick + when you either pause or hit the enter button the display tool bar in RHS bottom corner says UHD.

Also when inside the BBC iPlayer App navigating around the UI the Dynasties episodes thumb nails also show the UHD logo next to them on the 4K NowTV Smart Box & Roku Stick +.

Where my first generation NowTV Freeview smart box doesn't show the UHD logo either in the UI or when pressing the pause or OK button when watching the Dynasties episodes and the PQ looks a little softer.

I can't confirm the HDR / HLG side of things because my older Panasonic 4K UHD television is not HDR /HLG  compatible.

crashcris
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Re: 4k streaming on NowTv

Brilliant! Many thanks for that very speedy reply. I've just ordered a box from currys in their Black Friday promotion. £24.99 with one month passes thrown it to boot. I couldn't not buy it really. Very much looking forward to playing with it. Many thanks again. Cris