‘House Of The Dragon’ will stream in 4K on Sky – with a take

Dragon Housethe long awaited game of thrones prequel series, is coming to Sky (and its NOW streaming service) in the UK – and will be available in Ultra HD (4K)/HDR, as Sky has confirmed to us.

However, only select Sky customers will be able to watch the show in 4K, and apparently not during the live stream.

Additionally, it will not be available in 4K for NOW customers, as the service does not support Ultra HD at all.

The ten-episode series will premiere in the UK on Monday August 22 at 2 a.m. – yes, in the middle of the night – simultaneously with its American premiere.

Sky customers will be able to watch Dragon House on Sky Atlantic (therefore Virgin Media customers with a Sky add-on will not get it), and NOW customers will have access if they are on the Entertainment subscription.

The following weekly episodes will continue to air concurrently with the US, and each episode will also be available on demand once the initial real-time broadcast has ended.

Dragon House (Photo: Sky)

Dragon House is based on George RR Martin’s Fire & Blood book, and takes place 200 years before the events of Game of thrones.

The series tells the story of House Targaryenand recounts the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen’s rule through the Dance of the Dragons: Civil Targaryen, a war that nearly ended their dynasty forever

Dragon House stars Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankeland Rhys Ifan.

Dragon House in 4K

4K (also known as Ultra HD) gives you four times the detail of Full HD, with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels,

HDR, which you often see mentioned alongside 4K, stands for “High Dynamic Range”. It’s a technology that helps improve contrast ratios between whites and blacks, making the image much sharper, while offering a wider color palette and more color shades.

In the United States (and several other countries), on HBO Max, Dragon House will be available in 4K and HDR. But HBO Max is not available in the US (at least not without VPN), so many of his shows air on Sky.

Until now, however, it was unclear whether UK viewers would get the same Ultra HD picture quality.

4K TV screen sizes

Now Sky has finally confirmed to us that Dragon House will indeed be available in 4K/HDR on Sky Q and sky glassas long as you have the appropriate subscription.

However, judging by the technical details Sky displays on the program page – it appears the LIVE version of the show – the one you watch on the Sky Atlantic live channel, via Sky Q or Sky Glass, will only be NOT in 4K.

Instead, only the on-demand and broadband version of Dragon House will be available in UHD (4K) / HDR, on compatible devices, sometime after the live broadcast.

That’s likely because a 4K live stream would consume too much bandwidth, with an on-demand streaming version being easier to push for Sky on your device.

We are awaiting further details from Sky regarding the exact 4K timing and will update this article accordingly.

As for NOW subscribers, they will not receive Dragon House in 4K no matter what – because Sky’s streaming service doesn’t support 4K (and even Full HD, 1080p, requires a paid add-on, NOW Boost.

House of the Dragon Matt Smith
Photo: Sky

House Of The Dragon NOW and Sky Deals

NOW (Formerly NOW TV- they changed their name) is Sky’s contract-free streaming service – a cheaper TV platform that gives you flexible packages (“subscriptions”) of content that can be viewed on a variety of streaming devices.

The plans include the Entertainment Membership for TV shows, Cinema Membership for movies, and Sky Sports Membership. (See our full review NOW here).

With so much impatience Dragon HouseNOW has announced a special limited-time promotion.

Normally, the entertainment subscription costs £9.99/month, as does the cinema subscription.

As a special promotion, customers can now get a set of TWO subscriptions for only £14.99/month – up to six months.

As always with NOW, there’s no long-term contract, so you can cancel at any time (even before the six months are up) – but once the offer period ends, your subscription will automatically renew at £19.98 (for both memberships together) – so remember to cancel if you don’t want them.

On the Sky TV side, Sky is offering an offer on its streaming television – Sky Glass – where new customers can get a £100 prepaid Mastercard.

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