Streaming has been on the rise for the past several years, but only recently has ultra high definition or 4k video been easily accessible in homes across the country. Ultra high definition quality simply refers to the amount of pixels that create an image or images. The current standard for 4k is 3840 pixels by 2160 pixels, which results in a total pixel area of 8,294,400. The previous high definition standard was only 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels, which resulted in a total pixel area of 2,073,600. This dramatic increase in pixels provides more visible detail on the screen and a more realistic and vibrant image.
Services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Ultraflix, YouTube, and others are offering 4k video on their respective streaming services for compatible 4k televisions and streaming devices. The only catch is that you need to have a stable internet connection that can deliver a fast and consistent download speed. Netflix recommends 25mbps download speed, which seems to be confirmed as the standard by other popular services like Amazon Prime.
Our data was collected from BroadbandMap.gov and shows the percentage of availability for a internet download speed of at least 25mbps by state. A full list can be found at the included link, but it is also summarized below in a visual breakdown, which includes percentages for the 10 best and 10 worst states.