Ultra HD is the most immersive telly-watching experience yet, and we love it
For film and television fans, the sudden urge to climb in through the television screen and join the characters in their adventures is commonplace. Unfortunately, that technology doesn’t yet exist, but the most immersive television experience yet has arrived. It’s called Ultra HD, and it’s – hooray! – newly available to normal people like us, courtesy of Sky and their next generation box Sky Q.
Ultra HD, is the latest picture quality with up to four times the definition of HD. This dramatic increase in definition makes for the most spectacular and immersive television experience yet, meaning viewers can observe the smallest details with crystal-clear clarity. Personally, we think Ultra HD is better than actually going outside and looking at things – but then again, the term “couch potato” is popping up in our lives with increasing frequency.
Not that it matters, because we won’t be going outside in a long time. Sky has made the widest range of Ultra HD content available to Sky Q 2TB box subscribers. They’re not only offering Ultra HD on a couple of artsy short films we’ve never heard of, but on their humungous library of modern and classic films. In fact, some of this year’s hottest cinematic releases are set to premiere on the service – in, you guessed it, ultra high definition.
It means Sky Q users will be the first in the country to experience James Bond’s mission to infiltrate the enigmatic criminal organisation known as Spectre in a show-stopping 8.3 million pixels.
There’s also the opportunity to see the sensational Patagonian scenery in all its glory on Oscar-winning The Revenant, travel to Ridley Scott’s magnificent vision of life on Mars in The Martian or witness every shocking detail of the terrifying Cold War in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning Bridge of Spies.
It’s not just a party for film fans, however. Sky will also broadcast brand new and original television drama, including the Paolo Sorrentino’s eagerly-awaited papal drama The Young Pope, starring Jude Law, in Ultra HD.
For documentary lovers, there will be more than thirty hours of award-winning documentaries also available in Ultra HD. This is probably as close to reality as our dreams of actually accompanying David Attenborough to the depths of the rainforest are going to get. It’s likely safer, too.
Sports fans will be able to take a seat in the stands without leaving the house with 124 Premier League games and every Formula 1 race from 2017 available to watch in Ultra HD.
Ultra HD is available to Sky Q 2TB box subscribers though does require a television that supports Ultra HD. If you’ve got all this, you tune into the stunning visuals of Ultra HD by going into the box settings and selecting 2160p resolution on the audio visual set up.
It’s probably the most immersive cinematic experience us normal people are going to have at home until technology giants finally perfect their affordable virtual reality devices, and we love it.