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Redbox Now Renting 4K Ultra HD Movies

Do you turn your nose up at DVDs? Is Blu-ray’s high definition so mid-2000s to you? Then you’ll be tickled to know that Redbox has started to rent 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray discs for your ultra high-def fix.

The rollout is limited to just a few U.S. cities for now: New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Detroit, and Miami. If you live outside one of the chosen spots, you’ll have to make do with paltry 1080p definition for the time being. There are also only four titles available in the ultra HD format initially: The Matrix, Black Panther, The Commuter, and The Martian.

You’ll have to pay up for the higher definition titles too, to the tune of $2.50 per night, which is fifty cents more than a Blu-ray disc costs. There are also no online reservations for the movies during the trial run.

Redbox CEO Galen Smith had the following to say about the test:

“We wanted titles that would have high interest going forward — they’re all action-related and incredibly visually stunning . . . As a consumer, I want to pay a slight premium to get the best possible experience.”

Smith’s “slight premium” also doubtlessly includes the 4K TV and Ultra HD-compatible Blu-ray player you’ll need to view the discs, along with the upcharge at the Redbox.

Worth it? You tell us in the comments.

[via Variety]

2 Responses to “Redbox Now Renting 4K Ultra HD Movies”

  1. Visitor [Join Now]
    Bozo. [visitor]

    Not going to make much diff.
    I really don’t see how the Box is making it.
    I mean with all the online stuff. And Netflix in the mail.
    And the you need to bring it back the next day.
    But they must be doing something right.
    There still here!

  2. Visitor [Join Now]
    Ludohavil [visitor]

    I just rented The Matrix UHD from RedBox and was stunning.
    Waiting for more releases and do make the difference if you looks for image quality and best sound.
    Streaming is always someway compressed, does not show the same quality as hard old media, and even so, the only service that provides Dolby Vision and Atmos is Vudu, every other is one or the other on none.
    With the proper TV (Dolby Vision recommended) and the right audio (Dolby Atmos / DTS:X) the experience in almost the same as a Dolby Cinema at AMC, witch, by the way its the best movie experience presently.

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