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Amazon Fire TV (2nd Generation) supports video streaming in 4K Ultra HD for selected movies and TV shows.

4K Ultra High Definition (4K Ultra HD or UHD) offers enhanced picture resolution up to 2160p—which is four times greater than HD.

With Amazon Fire TV (2nd Generation), you can watch movies and TV shows offered in this format from Amazon Video and other streaming video services.

TipIf your Fire TV is connected to a compatible Ultra HD TV, the Movies and TV sections on the main menu include “4K Ultra HD” categories, where you can find popular titles available to watch in UHD.

An "Ultra HD" indicator displays in your video playback controls whenever you're streaming in 4K Ultra HD. Your screen also may flicker briefly or turn black while your TV display changes to UHD resolution.

System Requirements

To watch videos in 4K Ultra HD on Amazon Fire TV (2nd Generation), you need a compatible Ultra HD TV with at least one HDMI input that supports HDCP 2.2 content protection standards.

HDCP is an access control technology required by most content providers to play back protected digital content. You can only watch videos in 4K Ultra HD from Amazon Video and Netflix if your Fire TV is connected to an HDMI port that supports HDCP 2.2. Any other devices that are part of your home theater setup (e.g. HDMI receivers, sound bars, etc.) need to support HDCP 2.2 as well. For more information, go to About Content Protection.

Fire TV devices automatically detect whether HDCP 2.2 requirements are met. You can also check to see whether your TV supports HDCP 2.2 from the Fire TV Display menu.

Go to Settings > Display & Sounds > Display and open the Video Resolution section. When video resolution is set to "Auto," a notification displays in the right panel if HDCP 2.2 is not detected for your Fire TV's HDMI connection.

Tip: Look or the "Mobile High-Definition Link" (MHL), "HDCP 2.2," "UHD," or "4K" ports on your TV--they typically support HDCP 2.2. Here also is general guidance on which device ports support HDCP 2.2 for popular Ultra HD TV brands:

  • LG: Port 1 for most models
  • Samsung: All ports, or the MHL port.
  • Sony: Port 1 and Port 2 for most models
  • VIZIO: Port 1, Port 2, and Port 5 for most models

The user guide or product packaging for your Ultra HD TV may specify whether HDCP 2.2 is supported, as well. If you need more help, we recommend contacting the TV or device manufacturer directly to confirm. For contact information, go to Contacting Your TV Manufacturer.

Support for 4K Ultra HD video is not available for Amazon Fire TV (1st Generation) and Fire TV Stick.
Internet Speed
To stream videos in 4K Ultra HD, you need a high-speed Internet connection of at least 15 Mbps. Some other video apps, including Netflix, recommend a connection of at least 20 Mbps to stream content in 4K Ultra HD.
TipFire TV devices feature a network status tool you can use to check your Internet connection or diagnose connection problems. For more information, go to Check Your Network Status

Amazon Fire TV

$99.99
Amazon Fire TV
8.8

AMAZON

8/10

CNET

9/10

BEST BUY

9/10

Pros

  • 4K and other features for the same price as the old Fire TV
  • Fast performance
  • Voice search is fast and accurate

Cons

  • 4K content is limited
  • Apps and games are buggy
  • No Netflix content in search results

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