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How to watch 4K movies on the YouTube app of the Android TV

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To play back a 4K movie on the YouTube® app of the Android™ TV, check the following.

Before You Start

  • 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 Internet speed.
  • If you have an available LAN cable, try to establish a wired connection between the wireless router and the TV.

Watch Movies in 4K 

  1. Connect the Android TV to an active Internet connection, using either a wired or wireless connection.

    The wired connection between the wireless router and the TV will not be established right away when switching from an established wireless connection to a wired connection. If this happens, press and hold down the Power button on the TV.

    To confirm whether the connection is established using a wired LAN, follow these steps.

    1. Using the supplied remote control, press the HOME button.
    2. Under the Settings category, check whether the icon of the Network Settings is showing the same icon as shown in the image below.

      Network Settings Connected icon

  2. On the YouTube app, search for the 4K movies.

    1. Using the supplied remote control, press the HOME button.
    2. Under the Apps category, select the YouTube app.

      NOTE: Videos can only be played in 4K resolution when playing from the YouTube app. If the videos are played using the Internet browser of the Android TV, they will not play in 4K resolution.

    3. Search for keywords such as 4K video using the search field of the YouTube app.

      NOTE: The following are instructions on how to search movies that are published on the official YouTube channel of Sony as of August 2016. Movies in the YouTube 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 the official YouTube channel of Sony.

        You may select Sony from the menu on the left side, and search for 4K movies from the thumbnails on the right side.


  • Check whether the movie playing is in 4K resolution, if not change the image quality.
    • On the YouTube screen, click High Quality iconto change the image quality or resolution of the movie. If 2160p appears in the image quality, the image quality of the movie is in 4K resolution.
    • Thehigh quality iconicon may not be displayed, depending on the Internet connection speed being used.
  • Enable the Motionflow settings.

    1. Using the supplied remote control, press the ACTION MENU button.

      NOTE: Make sure the YouTube video is playing before pressing the ACTION MENU button.

    2. On the menu, select Picture adjustments.
    3. Select Advanced settings.
    4. Select Motion.
    5. Select Motionflow.
    6. Select Standard, Smooth, or Custom.

      NOTE: When Custom is selected, you can set Smoothness or Clearness to Max.