Dish, Sony Pictures Partner for 4K Ultra HD Movies5 Jan, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Dish Network and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Jan. 5 announced a deal whereby select Sony titles will be available in 4K Ultra HD resolution via the satellite TV operator’s updated Hopper 3 and 4K Joey DVRs, and compatible 4K televisions.
4K Ultra HD claims to have four-times the resolution and clarity of 1080p.
Sony Pictures movies available to rent on demand at launch include The Amazing Spider-Man, Captain Phillips, American Hustle, Monuments Men and The Smurfs 2. Sony will roll out additional titles from its catalog of 4K content going forward.
"We are excited to partner with Dish in delivering an immersive, innovative 4K Ultra HD experience in the home, giving consumers a new way of enjoying 4K movies on demand," Man Jit Singh, president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, said in a statement.
Additional 4K movies will come from The Orchard and Mance Media. Separately, the Netflix app (with a subscription) will be available on Hopper 3 and 4K Joey offering subscribers a catalog of 4K TV shows and movies, without the need to switch inputs or devices.
"Our inventory of 4K content gives customers the ability to enjoy programming that showcases Ultra HD technology and offers an unparalleled viewing experience," Warren Schlichting, EVP of marketing, programming and media sales with Dish, said in a statement.