The Amazon logo is seen on a podium during a press conference in New York, September 28, 2011.
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November 12, 2014 4:15 PM EST

Amazon is planning to launch 4K streaming on its Prime Instant Video service before the end of the year, the company said Wednesday. 4K is an extremely high-definition video resolution that is only compatible with certain top-of-the-line computer displays and televisions, often called “Ultra HD TVs.”

Competitors like Netflix already offer 4K streaming for select titles, but Netflix charges $3 more per month for the highest-quality stream. Amazon says Prime subscribers will be able to access 4K content at no additional cost.

Shows available in 4K on Amazon will include a concert by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett called “Cheek to Cheek” as well as some Amazon originals like Transparent and Alpha House, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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