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

Learn about the video quality and formats available with Prime Video.

When you start watching a video, we'll automatically adjust the picture and audio quality to reduce buffering and provide the best quality for your available internet bandwidth. Notifications typically display onscreen to indicate the quality you're receiving.

Note: You can also see which formats are available for a particular title by opening the video details. The format you select, your playback device, and your Internet connection all affect picture and audio quality.

Quality and Formats

Quality Supported Devices Internet Speed and System Requirements Title Availability

Standard Definition (SD)

Features the same picture resolution as DVDs, and uses MPEG digital stereo sound similar to CD quality.

All Prime Video compatible devices support SD video playback. SD video doesn't require as much Internet connection speed as higher quality formats, including HD and 4K Ultra HD. All Prime Video titles are available to watch in SD.

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. HD video requires a high-speed Internet connection for smooth playback. Almost all Prime Video titles are available to watch in HD.

Ultra High Definition (4K or UHD)

Offers a "4K" picture resolution that is four times greater than HD.

At this time, UHD playback is supported on the following devices:

  • Samsung Ultra HD TVs (2015 or later models)
  • Sony Ultra HD TVs (2015 or later models)
  • LG Ultra HD TVs (2015 or later models)

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 to the latest version. For more information, go to About Updating Your Device Firmware.

If your device supports playback in UHD, look for an Ultra HD category on the Prime Video app Home screen to browse titles offered 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)

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

At this time, HDR video is available on the following devices:

  • Samsung SUHD TVs (selected models from 2015 or later)
  • Sony Ultra HD TVs (2015 or later models)
  • LG OLED and Super UHD TVs (selected models from 2015 or later)

You may need to upgrade your device software or the Prime Video app to the latest version to watch HDR video.

For more information, go to About Updating Your Device Firmware.

HDR titles from Prime Video are offered in two formats:

  • HDR

    - HDR titles feature an "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.

  • HDR10+

    - Select UHD Samsung TVs (2017 and later models) can stream Amazon Video content In the HDR10+ format. If your television is compatible, and the Amazon Video title supports it, an "HDR10+" label appears instead of the normal "HDR" label in the video details.

Note: Prime Video supports Dolby Vision on selected 2016 LG TV models. However, titles offered in Dolby Vision are also available to watch in standard HDR format on other HDR-compatible devices.

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.

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