YouTube Announces Support for 4K Live Streaming (including in 360-degrees).

This is good news for the advancement of 4K. See Google’s Official YouTube Blog post announcement.

…we’re proud to say that we’re taking 4K video one step further with the launch of 4K live streaming for both 360-degree videos and standard videos.

And this was the first 4K live stream:

Netflix Shows in 4K

Netflix’s 4K selection continues to grow.  It’s nice to see content providers making efforts in this direction.

4K shows include:

  • The Ridiculous 6
  • Daredevil
  • House of Cards
  • Breaking Bad
  • Jessica Jones
  • The Patriot
  • Narcos
  • The Davinci Code
  • Marco Polo
  • Blacklist
  • Chef’s Table
  • Hitch
  • Bloodline
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Sense 8
  • Master of None
  • Bad Asses
  • Wet Hot American Summer
  • Longmire
  • I’m Brent Morin
  • Grace and Frankie
  • And more…

Smithsonian Earth Now in 4K

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Smithsonian Earth is a commercial-free streaming service that offers unlimited access to original documentaries, short series, and Nature Scenes. Shot in stunning 4K Ultra HD resolution by filmmakers around the world, its programs will bring you closer than ever before to nature’s most fascinating animals and wildest locations. Refreshed several times a week, you’ll always have new things to discover.

Smithsonian Earth is listed as available on AppleTV and ROKU. For more information visit their website.

4K Streaming Coming to Vimeo Soon

On December 8, 2014 there was a blog post on the Vimeo staff blog titled Oh hey, 4K — download ultra-HD videos. In this post they state that 4K videos can be uploaded to their site (which has been the case for a while) and now they can also be downloaded by Vimeo users.

They end their post by stating: “And while we don’t yet offer 4K streaming on our site, we’ll be ready by the time broadband providers start widely supporting the high speeds required.”

Interestingly, Philip Bloom notices that 4K streaming has been snuck in and at least a partial implementation exists. See Philip’s blog post titled Vimeo sneaks in 4K streaming. Hooray!.

Vimeo has hinted in the past that implementing 4K features on their site is on their radar and one of their top priorities and now it appears closer than ever.