Article ID : 00168049 / Last Modified : 27/04/2022Print

How to watch 4K movies on YouTube™ with an Android TV™/Google TV™

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    You can play 4K videos on the YouTube® app with a compatible Android TV™ or Google TV&trade with a high-speed internet connection.

    Connecting your TV to the internet

    If your TV is not already connected to the internet, or to check your connection, follow the steps provided:

    • Use either a wired or wireless connection and make sure you have at least 40 Mbps speed.
      • We recommend a wired connection because 4K videos use high-capacity data. If the internet connection isn't fast enough, the videos may not play smoothly.
      • If you use a wired connection, make sure Wired is displayed for Connection method.

    • If you switch from an already established wireless connection to a wired connection, the wired connection between the wireless LAN router and the TV may not be enabled right away. In this case, press and hold the Power button on your TV to restart it.

    Playing 4K videos

    Use the YouTube app to play videos in 4K resolution. They won't play in 4K resolution if the YouTube videos are played using the TV internet browser.

    1. Search the YouTube app for the 4K video you want to watch.
      1. Press the HOME button.
      2. Select the YouTube app.
      3. Search for keywords such as 4K video using the search field of the YouTube app. If you type α7 and 4K (or alpha7 and 4K), those beautiful 4K videos shot with our Interchangeable-lens Digital Cameras will be found.
        Remember, if the content isn't shot in 4K, you won't be able to see it in 4K resolution. 
    2. Set the Youtube Video Quality to 4K.
      1. While playing your video, press the Enter button.
      2. Press the arrow buttons to select More or the Youtube More (three vertical dots icon) icon.
      3. Select the 4K icon.
        • If a blue 4K icon is displayed, you're watching content in 4K resolution
        • When the blue 4K icon is not displayed, you're watching content in other resolutions
        • From the Video quality options, select 2160p.
    3. Enable the Motionflow settings.
      1. On the supplied remote, press the ACTION MENU button.
        • Make sure the YouTube video is playing before pressing the ACTION MENU button.
      2. Select Picture adjustments.
      3. Select Advanced settings.
      4. Select Motion.
      5. Select Motionflow.
      6. Select StandardSmooth, or Custom.
        • Chose Custom if you want to set Smoothness or Clearness to a custom setting or to the max.

    Note: Depending on the network speed, or circumstances of use, videos may buffer or start buffering during playback at 4K resolution. You may also be unable to select 2160p, 4k due to the network environment. In these cases, set the video quality to Auto or low resolution if you don't meet the internet connection speed to prevent buffering during video playback.