Article ID : 00168049 / Last Modified : 29/06/2020

How to watch 4K movies on YouTube with Android TV

    To play 4K movies on YouTube with 4K compatible Android TV, follow the steps below.

    1. Connect the TV to the Internet using either a wired or wireless connection. For details, refer to the following.
      • How to connect the BRAVIA TV to a network using a wired connection.
      • How to connect the Android TV to a network using a wireless connection.

        IMPORTANT: A wired connection is recommended. Since 4K videos use high-capacity data, if the Internet connection  is not fast enough, the videos may not play smoothly (It is recommended to have at least a 40 Mbps broadband line). If you have an available LAN cable, try to establish a wired connection between the wireless LAN router and the TV. 

        • 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 down the power button of the TV to restart it.
        • You can confirm whether the connection is established by the wired LAN or not as follows.
          1. Press the Home button on the remote.
          2. Confirm the icon of the Network Settings in the Settings category is the same as shown in the figure below.

    2. Search for 4K movies on YouTube.
      1. Press the Home button on the remote.
      2. Select YouTube in the Apps category.
        NOTE: Videos can only be played in 4K resolution when playing from the YouTube app of the Home menu. If you play the videos from the Internet browser, they will not be played in 4K.
      3. Search for keywords such as 4K video from the search field of YouTube.

        Example of how to search for movies uploaded in 4K resolution

        NOTE: The following are the instructions on how to search from those movies that were published on Sony’s official YouTube channel as of August 2016. Movies in the channel are updated on a daily basis, therefore the search result will not necessarily be always the same.

        • Search with keywords
          If you type α7 and 4K (or alpha7 and 4K), those beautiful 4K videos shot with Sony Interchangeable-lens Digital Cameras α7RII will be found.
        • Search among movies that were published on Sony’s official channel
          You may select Sony from the menu on the left side, and search for 4K movies from the thumbnails on the right side.
    3. Check if the movie playing on YouTube is 4K, or change the image quality

      You can change the image quality (resolution) of the movie you are watching by clicking Image (Quality) on the YouTube playback screen. If 2160p appears in the Image quality (resolution), the image quality of that movie is 4K.

      NOTE: Image icon may not be displayed, depending on the internet connection speed you use.
    4. Play videos more smoothly / Improve the clearness
      While playing a movie, enable the Motionflow with the following steps to check if the clearness is improved.
      1. Press the ACTION MENU button on the remote.
      2. Select Picture adjustments.
      3. Select Advanced settings.
      4. Select Motion.
      5. Select Motionflow.
      6. Select Standard, Smooth, or after selecting Custom you can change the Smoothness and Clearness settings to Max.