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Amazon confirms Ultra-HD streaming

December 11, 2014

Amazon has confirmed that that Prime members and all customers can now instantly enjoy blockbuster movies, hit TV shows and Amazon Original Series, in Ultra-HD picture quality. Ultra-HD movies and TV shows are accessible through the Amazon Instant Video app on compatible Ultra-HD Smart TVs.

Available at no additional cost to their membership, Amazon Prime members can now binge watch Amazon Original Series including the sophomore season of Alpha House, the critically-acclaimed Writers Guild of America nominated series Transparent, and children’s series Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street in high-quality 4K picture resolution exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

In addition, Prime Instant Video is the exclusive online-only subscription home for streaming the hit BBC AMERICA conspiracy thriller Orphan Black, which is now available in Ultra-HD. The highly-anticipated upcoming new line-up from Amazon Studios including primetime series Mozart in the Jungle, Bosch , Hand of God, The After and Red Oakswill be available for streaming in Ultra HD on Prime Instant Video later this year and next year. The seven new pilots from Amazon Studios—Cocked, Down Dog, Mad Dogs, Man in the High Castle, Point of Honor, Salem Rogers and The New Yorker Presents—will also be offered in Ultra-HD for all customers to watch and provide feedback on, when they debut early in 2015.

On top of the selection of TV series now available in Ultra-HD, select movie titles on Prime Instant Video from Sony Pictures Entertainment—Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Funny Girl, Hitch and Philadelphia —are available for Prime members to watch and enjoy in the high-quality 4K picture resolution.

“We want to deliver the best entertainment experience, and offering Ultra-HD movies and TV shows raises the bar on quality and innovation that customers have come to expect from Amazon,” said Michael Paull, Vice President, Amazon Digital Video. “We’re also excited that Ultra-HD is the latest benefit of the Amazon Prime membership, giving members instant access to great movies and TV shows in a premium picture resolution at no additional cost.”

In addition to all the great Ultra-HD movies and TV shows on Amazon Prime Instant Video, all Amazon customers can enjoy the previously announced special musical performance, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! in Ultra-HD. The concert, sponsored by LG Electronics , is now available in Ultra-HD on Amazon Instant Video.

All Amazon customers will also have access to purchase a selection of movies, with some starting at $19.99 , in the high-quality 4K picture resolution of Ultra HD from Sony Pictures Entertainment on Amazon Instant Video including After Earth, American Hustle, Captain Phillips , Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Elysium, Godzilla, Hancock, Moneyball, The Mask of Zorro, The Monuments Men, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Da Vinci Code, The Patriot, Think Like a Man Too, This Is the End, and many more.

Amazon Ultra-HD movies and TV shows can be accessed on compatible Ultra-HD smart TVs, including models from LG, Samsung and Sony , with more added in 2015.

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