House of the Dragon in 4K Ultra HD

Game of Thrones prequel in August boosts the resolution for insatiable fans.

Foxtel has announced it will premiere House of the Dragon in 4K Ultra HD -four times the resolution of HD- with enhanced Dolby Digital sound.

It will also air the complete back catalogue of Game of Thrones in 4K Ultra HD ahead of the new prequel series.

Hilary Perchard, Chief Customer, Marketing and Revenue Officer at Foxtel, said: “Foxtel brought Game of Thrones to Australia and helped it become one of the most watched series of the decade.”

“We’re thrilled to be the exclusive broadcaster of House of the Dragon in 4K Ultra HD in Australia, putting fans right in the action with the most intense and immersive viewing experience available.

“This is just the beginning for 4K Ultra HD viewing on Foxtel, we’re committed to bringing the best quality viewing experience across sport and entertainment to our nearly 2 million subscribers.”

House of the Dragon will premiere on Foxtel at 10am AEST on Monday 22 August – the same time as the U.S. It will also be available to stream on Binge.

Foxtel continues to invest in 4K Ultra HD technology and innovation to unlock the most immersive and intense viewing experience just as consumer trends show ownership of 4K Ultra HD TVs skyrocketing and projected to be in the majority of all households within two years.*

This year Foxtel has doubled the amount of live hours in 4K Ultra HD available across sport – increasing to more than 200 hours – making it the largest broadcaster of 4K Ultra HD content in Australia, and now the home of one of the most popular entertainment franchises in 4K Ultra HD – House of the Dragon.

Based on George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novel “Fire & Blood,” House of the Dragon tells the story of House Targaryen and is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

The star-studded ensemble cast of House of the Dragon includes Paddy Considine (The Third Day), Matt Smith (The Crown), Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One), Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers), Steve Toussaint (Doctor Who), Eve Best (Nurse Jackie), Sonoya Mizuno (Ex Machina), Fabien Frankel (The Serpent) and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill).

The series also features Australian stars Milly Alcock (Upright) as Young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Ryan Corr (Packed to the Rafters) as Ser Harwin ‘Breakbones’ Strong.

Credits: Co-Creator/Executive Producer, George R.R. Martin; Co-Creator/Co-Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer, Ryan Condal; Co-Showrunner/Executive Producer/Director, Miguel Sapochnik; Executive Producer/Writer, Sara Hess; Executive Producers, Jocelyn Diaz, Vince Gerardis, Ron Schmidt; Directors Clare Kilner, Geeta V. Patel; Director/Co-Executive Producer, Greg Yaitanes. Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood.”

7 Responses

  1. GoT House of the Dragon is destined for a severe critical appraisal as is Lord of Rings on Amazon Prime, but I certainly wont be watching with any negative preconceptions and I will also try not to be influenced by my disappointment of GoT’s final (really dark) season, hopefully this show offers enough for this popular franchise to continue.

  2. But how many tv’s have 4K ultra HD…..of those that have Foxtel…..100’s…..or maybe 1000’s.
    And of those, how many eyes could actually tell the difference from HD…..4K…….4K ultra HD
    I know you have to start somewhere but I am sure it is a lot of expense for not a huge return.

    1. Most big-screen TVs sold have been 4K for quite a while now. One thing to factor in is that Foxtel’s HD is low quality to begin with. So the 4K really will bring big improvements, not only in resolution but less compression and a wide colour range.

      1. Not all TV’s with 4K labels will provide an optimum experience when watching UHD, the brighter screens provide the best specular highlights for a satisfying 4K experience, offering dynamic contrast for the deepest black and lightest white. The best TV for 4k UHD viewing is the OLED but the flagship / mid range QLED’s are okay as well, however not everyone has the budget or wants to buy an expensive TV, and generally the streamed TV content looks perfectly okay in HD for most viewers watching at an average 3 metre viewing distance, unless you’re really keen you wont be getting close enough to check out all that UHD detail.

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