Watch 4K UHD and HDR videos with Google Play Movies & TV

To watch 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) quality videos, you’ll need:

  • A compatible device:
  • Download speed of at least 15 megabits per second.

Without compatible TVs, or strong bandwidth, your movie will play in HD or SD quality. Learn more about 4K UHD quality.

Buy movies in 4K UHD

  1. On your web browser, go to the Google Play Store, or if you’re on your Android device, open the Google Play Movies & TV app Play Movies.
  2. Search for “4K”. You can also:
  3. Click or tap Buy or Rent.

Note: If you don’t see 4K, the movie might not be available in 4K.

Watch movies you’ve already bought in 4K

Some SD and HD movies that you’ve already bought or redeemed might be upgraded to 4K. To be updated to 4K, movies must be:

  • Bought or redeemed from Google Play or YouTube.
    • Only SD movies bought or redeemed before October 23, 2018 will be upgraded.
  • From Fox, Lionsgate, NBC Universal, Sony (US only), or Warner Bros.
  • Available in 4K, in your location.

Note: Upgraded Family Library purchases can be shared at 4K quality.


Find movies upgraded to 4K in your library

You’ll only be able to do these steps if you have movies that have been upgraded to 4K and if you have the latest version of the Google Play Movies & TV app. Learn how to upgrade your app.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Play Movies & TV app Play Movies.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. At the top, tap Upgraded to 4K.
  4. The upgraded movie will automatically play in the highest quality available for your device.

Turn on HDR Playback

HDR shows images with a wider range of brightness and color. You’ll automatically get HDR playback if HDR is supported on your TV.

Check availability

  • HDR playback is only available with 4K UHD videos.
  • HDR playback is currently only available on compatible devices:
    • 2017 or later Samsung 4K Smart TVs
    • 2016 or later LG Smart TVs
    • 2016 or later Sony 4K Bravia Android TVs
    • Chromecast Ultra when connected to compatible TVs.

Turn on HDR Playback

For specific instructions, check the manufacturer’s support site. You can also check the Picture or Input settings menu on your TV.

Learn more about 4K UHD quality

4K UHD (or Ultra High Definition) is a quality of video that is higher than HD, with sharper images. Compared to HD quality (1920 x 1080 pixels), 4K UHD has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.
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