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The 4K experience--at home!

Now that prices are starting to really come down almost everyone has either bought or is considering a new 4K TV. At this point, most of us have seen mind-bending 4K images in a store but there’s a huge problem: just because you invest in this new technology doesn’t mean you’ll be able to reproduce that experience at home. In other words, just because your TV says 4K doesn’t mean you’ll get the full effect of the new 4K Ultra HD TV system.

The fantastic news is that there really is a lot of quality 4K content out there! You just have to know how to ensure that you’ll be able to experience it in your home. The bad news is that cable, satellite and antenna TV is NOT how you go about getting the 4K experience at home.

There are only a few ways you can get full 4K video to appear on your TV. The best way is to have all 4K content stored on a device that is connected directly to your TV. The alternative is to have enough speed on your network and internet service so you can stream the content from the outside world.

The first option is the least challenging—just go out and buy a new 4K UHD Blu-ray player and some 4K UHD Blu-ray discs. Sounds simple right? It is, but as always there are lots of caveats. The biggest ones are the fact that content is still relatively limited and there are only a few players available.

That being said, if you are a movie buff and you want to be an early adopter you have some good options. There are some great new movies out there in Ultra-HD on Blu-ray like “The Revenant,” “The Martian,” “Life of Pi” and “The Lego Movie.” Yes, Legos have their own movie, and it’s a great movie too.