Prime Video Quality & Formats (HD, UHD, HDR)

Learn more about Prime Video picture and audio quality.

Prime Video titles are available in different video formats, including Standard Definition (SD), High Definition (HD), Ultra High Definition (UHD or 4K) and HDR (High Dynamic Range).

You can see which formats are available for a particular title by opening the video details.

Tip: When you open the video details for a movie or TV show, the best video quality for that title automatically displays on the Buy button. You can select More Purchase Options to see all available video formats.

The format you select, your playback device, and your Internet connection all affect picture and audio quality.

Check out the sections below to learn more:

Standard Definition (SD)

Standard definition video features the same picture resolution as DVDs, and use MPEG digital stereo sound similar to CD quality.

All Prime Video compatible devices support SD video playback.

Note: At this time, Prime Video titles play in SD on most Android devices.

Internet Speed & System Requirements

SD video doesn't require as much Internet connection speed as other higher quality formats, including High Definition (HD) and Ultra High Definition (UHD).

Prime Video Title Availability

All Prime Video titles are available to watch in SD.

High Definition (HD)

High Definition (HD) provides a high quality picture, with display resolutions up to 1080p.This is similar to what you would see with a Blu-ray disc. HD video also features an enhanced sound experience and 5.1 multi-channel audio (for available titles, and with compatible sound equipment).

You can watch Prime Video titles in HD on most compatible devices.

Internet Speed & System Requirements

HD video requires a high-speed Internet connection for smooth playback.

Prime Video Title Availability

Almost all Prime Video titles are available to watch in HD.

Ultra High Definition (UHD)

Ultra High Definition (UHD or 4K) offers a "4K" picture resolution that is four times greater than HD.

Internet Speed & System Requirements

You need an Internet connection of at least 15 Mbps to watch videos in UHD.

You may also need to upgrade the firmware for your compatible Ultra HD TV or streaming device to the latest version. For more information, go to About Updating Your Device Firmware.

Prime Video Title Availability

If your device supports playback in UHD, look for an Ultra HD category on the Prime Video home screen to browse titles available to watch in UHD.

We’re continuing to expand our selection of 4K Ultra HD movies and TV shows, but not all Prime Video titles are currently available in this format.

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

HDR video features significantly increased color range and enhanced contrast between highlights and shadows. This delivers picture quality that is much more vivid and lifelike.

Internet Speed & System Requirements

You need an Internet connection of at least 15 Mbps to watch videos in HDR. You may also need to upgrade your device software to the latest version. For more information, go to About Updating Your Device Firmware.

Prime Video Title Availability

HDR Prime Video titles are offered in three formats:

  • HDR - HDR titles feature an "HDR" label as well as HDR purchase and viewing options in the video details.
  • HDR10+ - If your television is compatible, and the Prime Video title supports it, an "HDR10+" label appears instead of the normal "HDR" label in the video details.
  • Dolby Vision – Certain HDR titles feature Dolby Vision, which is the Dolby Labs HDR standard. For these titles, a "Dolby Vision" icon shows in the video details instead of an "HDR" label.

    Note: Prime Video supports Dolby Vision on selected 2016 LG TV models. If you don't have a supported device, titles offered in Dolby Vision are also available to watch in standard HDR format.

We’re continuing to expand our selection of HDR movies and TV shows, but not all Prime Video titles are currently available with these playback options.

Trouble with Video Quality?

When you start watching a video, the picture and audio quality automatically adjust to settings that will work best with your current playback device and Internet connection. Notifications typically display onscreen to indicate the quality you're receiving.

Note: When you buy or rent a Prime Video title, the video format or purchase option you select when placing your order is what saves to Your Video Library. To watch the video in the format you purchased, you need a supported playback device and Internet connection.

To learn more about video formats supported on your devices, go to Prime Video Devices & Features.

If you're having trouble with your Internet connection, go to Video Issues.

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