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Wander down to your local electronics boutique and you’re sure to find a selection of commanding 4K TVs Should You Buy A 4K / Ultra HD Television? Should You Buy A 4K / Ultra HD Television? About a decade ago, manufacturers started to sell what's now widely known as an HDTV. But now HD is old news, so the industry has decided to push another new technology; Ultra HD, also known... Read More , just begging to take over your living room. If TV doesn’t cut it, a new breed of computer monitor Getting A 4K Monitor? Which Browser Should You Use? Getting A 4K Monitor? Which Browser Should You Use? Running Windows on a 4K monitor can be a huge boon to productivity. The large, pixel-dense space provides plenty of room to open windows. But will browser content scale well on your Ultra HD monitor? Read More , newer iMacs and even virtual reality headsets are all going 4K – but there’s just one problem.

Content is sparse. The latest games consoles only output a 1080p image, and you’ll need to spend serious money on a couple of high-end graphics cards PC Gaming at 4K: Is It Worth The Money? PC Gaming at 4K: Is It Worth The Money? A resolution revolution is on its way. Ultra HD televisions and monitors are finally starting to drop to reasonable prices. Has Ultra HD matured, or is it still too much money for too little benefit? Read More if you’re hoping to enjoy the upcoming GTA V in 4K.

But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing in 4K to watch. We’ve trawled high and low and found some eye-popping 4K videos that take full advantage of the ridiculous number of pixels at your disposal, for free.

Note: You can enable 4K by clicking on YouTube’s quality toggle in the lower-right corner of the embedded video. You can download them too 4K Video Downloader Makes It Easy To Get Videos From YouTube 4K Video Downloader Makes It Easy To Get Videos From YouTube 4K video is all the rage and YouTube is a great place to watch them. Streaming 4K video can be too bandwidth-intensive, so save and play them with 4K Video Downloader. Read More !

93 Minutes of Open Ocean

Remember those 1080p looping fireplace videos that were all the rage when high definition first landed? It appears that this is the natural progression – over an hour and a half of the South China Sea, with no breaks, no repetition and unfortunately nothing in the way of sound. Zen? Pointless? Who cares, just look at all that blue…


In the same vein as documentaries like Samsara and Baraka (each of which peak at 1080p), Biosphere is a narrative-free documentary that takes an observant view of life on planet earth. Beautifully shot in glorious 4K, see Canada, Bhutan, Papa New Guinea and Chile in stupendous definition, with a fitting ambient soundtrack to boot.

The Streets of Japan by GoPro

You’ve probably heard by now that GoPro’s latest HERO4 Black “strap it to your face and jump off a mountain 7 Videos That Will Make You Want A GoPro Camera [Stuff to Watch] 7 Videos That Will Make You Want A GoPro Camera [Stuff to Watch] Clever marketing goes beyond memorable advertising when it demonstrates exactly what you are missing out on by not owning a product. I'm not usually a sucker for advertising, preferring instead to make my own mind... Read More ” action-camera is capable of shooting in 4K at 30 frames per second. I can’t think of a better way to experience Japan’s bonkers custom motorcycle and four-wheeled Bosozoku scenes than through an arsenal of imaginatively-mounted GoPro cameras.

Peru & Machu Picchu

Devin Super Tramp‘s YouTube channel is a bounty of ultra HD video, and it’s well worth a trawl (and a follow) if you’re looking for short, sharp bursts of 4K content. Of the videos on his channel, one that really stood out is the result of a recent trip to Peru and its most famous landmark, Machu Picchu.

New York in 4K

Around The World 4K is a new international YouTube project focused on capturing every corner of the world in ultra high definition, “for the pleasure and entertainment of our dear viewers” over the coming two years. They’ve stopped off in Chicago, the Grand Canyon, the Sedona and Monument valleys and their most popular video to date, New York.

The Sun & The Earth

Advances in space photography have enabled us to capture some incredibly impressive sights of distant galaxies, star clusters and cosmic phenomena on the fringes of the known universe. Point the lens closer to home however, and the results are just as impressive. Take this 4K timelapse video of the sun from October 14th to October the 30th 2014, complete with the largest observed sunspot in 22 years and backed by the sun’s “heartbeat”.

Similarly impressive is this timelapse of the Earth, captured by the Elektro-L weather satellite between May 15th and May 19th 2011. Though this is 4K quality (3840×2160 pixels), the satellite itself is capable of creating a 121 megapixel image at a size of 11136×11136 pixels, with a version half that size available on request.

Gigapixels of Andromeda

Your HDTV doesn’t just do wonders for video, but also images. What better image to explore than the largest one ever taken by NASA? This 4.3 GB, 1.5 billion pixel-rich shot of the Andromeda galaxy features over 100 million stars, thousands of star clusters and a total visible area of 40,000 light-years. And if you want to feel really small this is just one galaxy – hundreds of billions of other galaxies also exist.

Check out the full image to further blow your mind.

Do you own a 4K TV or monitor yet?

Image credit: NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton (University of Washington, USA), B. F. Williams (University of Washington, USA), L. C. Johnson (University of Washington, USA), the PHAT team, and R. Gendler. (Adapted)

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