You’ve been able to buy affordable 4K (Ultra HD) television sets in stores for well over a year now but much like HD Ready (remember that?!), there was never anything on broadcast channels that you could actually watch in the 4K format…. until today!

Sky have announced that you’ll be able to watch 124 live Premier League games and Spectre (just one of 70 movies) in 4K alongside a brand new documentary with David Attenborough (Conquest of the Skies) and Jude Law’s new drama The Young Pope. The new Ultra HD broadcast will commence from August 13th and is available to Sky Q Silver customers.

Other movies set to get the 4K treatment include The Revenant and box office hit The Martian starring Matt Damon.

If you’re not familiar with 4K / UltraHD, it’s something which Netflix have embraced for a while but has taken the likes of Sky and traditional channels longer to catch up while the technology to broadcast becomes more affordable. 4K is 4 times higher resolution than HD and is a massive step up in home viewing.

Here’s a little bit more info on what’s available on Sky Q from 13th August. Let’s see how long it is before we’re talking about 8K!

rom 13 August, customers will be able to watch the most comprehensive range of sports, movies, documentaries and dramas in the enhanced detail and clarity of Ultra HD, with highlights in the first year including:
  • 124 live Premier League games including the first game of the new season Hull City v Leicester City 
  • Every race from Formula 1® 2017
  • Over 70 movies with premieres including Spectre, The Revenant, The Martian, Bridge of Spies, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Concussion
  • Over 30 Sky Store rental movies from Angry Birds to the entire Ghostbusters and Men In Black box sets
  • The biggest ever library of movies from Minority Report to Forrest Gump, The Godfather, Jerry Maguire,Zoolander, The Da Vinci Code and Spider-Man trilogy
  • Ultra HD movie themed collections including Blockbusters, Action, Drama and Oscar winners 
  • 30 hours of natural history and documentaries, from Sky’s David Attenborough catalogue to Sky 1’s Big Cats: An Amazing Animal Family and brand new Monkeys: An Amazing Animal Family, as well as Richard Hammond’s Jungle Quest, plus National Geographic programmes including new Story of God with Morgan Freeman
  • Five new dramas including The Young Pope, featuring Jude Law, and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, a joint production of Sky, HBO and Canal+, as well as new Series 4 of The Blacklist, and the box set Series 1-3.
  • Plus other entertainment, including comedy series The Trip To Spain starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon,Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 and Blur in concert