HD films are the norm of the day. With new television channels opening up and movies with attractive graphics releasing with each passing day, everyone loves to watch HD movies online. The SD method which was previously used to stream movies on television sets is no longer preferred. This is because in the SD method, videos or images are compressed to meet the aspect ratio requirements of television sets.
To watch HD films one needs to invest in HD television sets that are widely in demand these days. The prices of these HD or 4K TV sets have skyrocketed. Experts are of the opinion that, even though TV channels claim to broadcast the content in HD, none of the viewers are actually watching it. This is because currently, only a small population of the world has access to these HD television sets. It still needs a long time for people to adapt to this technology. Satellite TV services such as Direc TV and Dish Network utilize the 1080p/24-30 format with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 encoding for their pay-per-view offerings that are downloaded in advance via satellite or on-demand via broadband.
Currently only providers like Netflix have the required materials to enable people to watch HD films. Even premium movie channels like HBO or Showtime are not able to stream movies to people in HD format because they do not have the sufficient bandwidth to enable live streaming for their subscribers in HD format. One can however watch HD movies over their smart phones. Surprising as it may seem, it is now a standard for mid to high range smart phones have 1080p displays or higher which support the format.
As a consumer it is not worth investing in 4K sets because one just gets to watch content that is upscaling from 1080p.Shooting a movie or a series in 4K is considered to be advantageous. This can reduce the cost and result in distribution savings for film makers. This is one of the reasons why many cinemas are upgrading to 4K projectors. 4K also has benefits for HD distribution, giving content creators the ability to crop and color grade their footage. Live producers can even use 4K cameras to create multiple angles of HD cameras.
If you however plan to watch HD films over Netflix, you can do so. But still most of the times you get an upscaled version of the real content. It is also possible to watch HD films over the internet but one should have higher net speeds.