December 16, 2013 10:00am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Amazon Studios Planning to Shoot Programming in 4K
Amazon Studios plans to shoot all 2014 original series, both comedies and dramas, in 4K.
“That includes our first ever drama series that we will greenlight next year. We think customers are going to love watching these series in the highest resolution ever available to consumers and we can’t wait to deliver it,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, in a released statement. Plans are to offer this programming on Prime Instant Video and Lovefilm in the UK.
Amazon Studios announced earlier this year that it will debut five new comedy and drama pilots in 2014, and customers will be invited to watch and help determine which of the pilots should be produced as series. This will include The After, from Chris Carter (The X-Files); Bosch, based on the Harry Bosch book series by Michael Connelly; Mozart in the Jungle, from Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited), Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom) and Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher); The Rebels, from Kevin Iwashina, Jeremy Garelick, Constance Schwartz, Matt Alvarez and Michael Strahan; and Transparent from Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under).
4K or Ultra HD TVs — representing four times as much resolution as today’s HDTVs — will be a big story at next month’s International CES, where all major set makers are expected to show 4K-supported displays. Generating program production in native 4K — and how to get it to the home — is the bigger issue.