1080p is the default resolution on many DVD players, game consoles, flat-panel displays, and many other consumer devices that support high-definition video. For example, the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U all use the 1080p resolution for all PlayStation 4 games, the Xbox One games, and the Wii U games, respectively. In addition, some Blu-ray Disc players, external Blu-ray Disc players and numerous other consumer products support 1080p, as do many Internet streaming services, including Netflix, Hulu, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu. Movies, television shows, and other media can be uploaded to various sites, such as YouTube, for live streaming, or could be downloaded for later viewing. The majority of movies and television shows available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video and elsewhere are offered in the 1080p format. Many filmmakers have embraced the format, as it offers a higher resolution than the standard 2.35:1 aspect ratio, but many older films have been converted using an aspect ratio of 2.39:1. Generally speaking, high-definition television (HDTV) is available in a selection of aspect ratios (e.g., 4:3, 16:9 and widescreen, which is the standard for HD programming) but never in a square format. 1080p is the only aspect ratio in which the perfect square shape is possible.
In June 2015, Netflix announced that they would support the 1080p aspect ratio for their library of titles, including at least seven new original titles produced in the format, and that the 1080p resolution will be available to customers starting in late 2015.
1080p is also used for some Internet streaming services. One example is the $5.99 a month OnLive service, which will stream the contents of OnLive's game library to customers. Some Free to Play games such as Civilization: Beyond Earth and Horse Evolution, which are not available on consoles, are available to download on the OnLive service's PC client. For example, OnLive's online store lists the Steam version of Civilization for $5.99, and Horse Evolution for $9.99. OnLive's service does not allow other games to be played online, only those that are available on their game library.
There are still many users who prefer to use a television capable of displaying 1080i60 or 1080i50. While the consumer-grade computer monitors supported full HD, the most popular standard definition televisions were NTSC-compatible, and used a limited aspect ratio of 4:3. Some TVs were equipped with their own MPEG-2 hardware decoder to permit upscaling of the incoming video to a higher resolution, but few TV sets of this period supported progressive scan. Many televisions also had component video inputs that allow video to be displayed on the TV through a composite video cable.
Digital broadcasting systems other than ATSC 3.0 are capable of broadcasting at 1080p. For example, DVB-T2 broadcasts a 1080p service in the UK. Xfinity also broadcasts in 1080p. Comcast is also enabling their set-top boxes to support 1080p. 827ec27edc