Black Panther is the Microsoft Store's first UHD movie in the UK

Microsoft began adding 4K films to its Store catalog some time ago, but, thus far, that collection has come with one major downside: UHD content is non-existent outside of the U.S. Fortunately for those who live in the UK, it looks like Microsoft is beginning to expand its UHD footprint across the pond.

The UK Microsoft Store is now advertising Black Panther (opens in new tab) as being available in UHD. This makes Marvel's action flick the first – and so far, only – movie to receive such a treatment on the UK Microsoft Store. As is the case in the U.S., you will have to be willing to shell out a little extra for the UHD option. Black Panther, for example, is listed at £17.99, which comes in above the movie's HD cost of £13.99.

Still, if you're looking for some 4K content to consume on the UK store, this is a good sign. Just keep in mind that you'll need to be using an Xbox One S or One X connected to a compatible TV to watch in full 4K and HDR.

As we've noted recently, the Microsoft Store still has a ways to go for 4K content. While the U.S. selection is steadily growing with each new film released, those outside of the U.S. are currently left in the lurch. There's also no Movies Anywhere integration, which means purchasing through Microsoft won't give you access to your films on non-Microsoft devices. However, Microsoft may be looking to turn that around as well.

For UK buyers at least, hopefully Black Panther's appearance marks the start of a growing list of UHD titles.

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  • At least it's a start. Now we need free upgrades to 4K films you already own like apple allow. Can only dream!
  • I'd settle for cheap upgrades. It's ridiculous to imagine spending $25 CAN for the HD and then another $35 CAN for the UHD. At minimum, we should have an option to pay the $10 difference to upgrade. If they really want our money, they should make it more like $2 to upgrade because I would click yes every single time without thinking twice and they would make an easy few hundred dollars from me. Or of course they be really nice and do it for free like Apple. That would be a great way to score some fans.
  • "Now we need free upgrades to 4K films you already own like apple allow. Can only dream!"
    While I don't disagree it's that studio strong-arming that made Disney ditch all 4K content on iTunes - specifically the "$19.99" price point without an extra-cost ding for buying in 4K. While I'm on Apple's side here Disney (and Marvel/Star Wars, by extension) didn't play ball so now you can't buy any newer Disney/Marvel/Star Wars stuff on iTunes. Disney is expected to launch its own streaming site/app with all Marvel/Star Wars stuff on it and charge whatever they want. I'm not sure what that means for iTunes owners.
  • "so now you can't buy any newer Disney/Marvel/Star Wars stuff on iTunes." That statement is false.
  • I could be wrong but I think he meant specifically in 4k
  • Its a good sign, a bit pricey though, must be cheaper to get Netflix or Amazon Video, BT we do like to Utilise 4K, having the X and a 4K TV, also gives more reason to get the X, Plus they have the Xbox one X advertising 4K games, content that they sell makes sense, let's hope those prices come down!!! Seeing its their first film, they maybe should have given this one for free or advertised it somehow!!!
  • Each studio does different deals. Amazon (US/UK) doesn't even have the newer Marvel stuff in 4K UHD digital at all. Neither does Apple. Only FandangoNow, Microsoft Video and Vudu sell it in 4K digital.
  • 4K on Netflix is very grainy (at least the Netflix original content that I have seen).
  • Wouldn't that be more on the movie than Netflix? If it's a bandwidth issue it wouldn't just be grainy.
  • It's the way Netflix compresses the video that makes it look grainy. I believe I experienced it with The Punisher
  • Hmm maybe it's a drawback to their method because I feel like Netflix streams the most efficiently compared to other streaming services. It like never lags or stutters for me.
  • Why not buy the 4K blu ray disc which has full 7.1 lossless audio? I don't see the point of paying out for UHD kit when you're going to watch an inferior version of the film
  • I know it's a bit off topic but it would really be nice if Microsoft would embrace the play anywhere standard.
  • Yeah it has already been discussed including in the podcasts that they "are in talks" about it, but no idea if it will really happen.
  • no HDR? Hope 4K contents will reach other EU countries soon.