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Surprise Girl 1984 would be the first movie to stream in 4K HDR (UltraHD) on HBO Max when it premieres on the service within the US alongside a theatrical launch on December 25. It’s going to additionally stream with Dolby Atmos audio.

The information was introduced in a tweet by director Patty Jenkins:

Excited to announce that #WW84 would be the first movie on HBO Max accessible in 4K Extremely HD, HDR 10, Dolby Imaginative and prescient AND Dolby Atmos! Can’t wait. IN THEATERS on Dec. twenty fifth and completely streaming within the US on @hbomax. PLEASE discover the most important and highest high quality display screen you may!!

HBO Max is without doubt one of the costliest streaming companies at $14.99, however not like the vast majority of its opponents, it has not beforehand included any 4K or HDR content material.

For comparability, commercial-free month-to-month subscription prices for competing companies embody: $6.99 for Disney+ (4K), $5.99 for CBS All Entry (HD), $8.99 for Amazon Prime Video (4K), $11.99 for Hulu (4K), $10.99 for Showtime (4K), $8.99 for Starz (4K), or $10 for Peacock (HD).

Solely Netflix has a worth level that rivals or beats HBO Max. Netflix’s HD-only subscription, which is equal in high quality to HBO Max up so far, lately noticed its worth raised from $12.99 to $13.99 per 30 days. Nonetheless, Netflix’s 4K-enabled subscription is now $17.99—three {dollars} greater than HBO Max, albeit with an unlimited library of UltraHD content material.

It is vital to notice, although, that even companies like Netflix or Hulu that supply 4K content material have loads of reveals and flicks which are solely accessible in HD. The label right here simply means they provide a minimum of some 4K content material.

4K TVs accounted for a 3rd of shipments within the US even again in 2017, however one analytics agency projected that 60% of recent TV purchases in 2020 could be 4K. In line with surveys from companies like IHS, round a 3rd of US households already had 4K TVs as of 2019. We’re speculating a bit right here, however there was some knowledge that correlates 4K TV possession with streaming service utilization, so it might be that effectively over a 3rd of HBO Max viewers will get a greater expertise with the movie (and presumably, with another future HBO Max programming as effectively) on account of this transfer.

It has been a red-letter week for followers of high-end TV tech like 4K and HDR. Along with this announcement, all six movies in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies grew to become accessible in 4K HDR as effectively. It was already reported that the movies could be launched on UltraHD Blu-ray, however it was much less extensively reported that the bodily launch early this week was accompanied by high quality upgrades in digital storefronts like iTunes and Amazon Video, too.

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