Nowadays, 4k(Or you can use its official name, Ultra High Definition,UHD) has become the new standard. Owning to its superior viewing experience, 4k has become more prevalent than 1080P. To discover and enjoy the amazing 4k resolution display & detailed color, you may want to get a 4k TV. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, not all the people can offer to have one. Even worse, some LED TVs today cannot play the 4k video. But can we play 4k Blu-ray on 1080P TV? How to play 4k video on 1080P TV? Is the higher resolution noticeably better? We’re here to answer all those questions and more.

What is it like to watch 4k Blu-ray on a 1080P screen?

A 4k Ultra HD TV refers to a display resolution that is four times that of 1080P HD, which increases in density, adds striking detail and realism to an image and allows larger screens to be viewed from closer distances without individual pixels becoming visible. If you are not on a budget, you may consider the possibility to play 4k Blu-ray on 1080P TV. To play 4k video on 1080P TV, you may be a bit disappointed, for what will happen is that the player will down convert the 3840 x 2160-resolution video on the disc to a 1080P format your TV can display. Why? It is because it bypasses any high dynamic range, the High Dynamic Range — commonly referred to as HDR — in TVs refers to multiple formats that provide brighter whites and darker blacks, making for increased color volume and shading and better contrast than standard displays. And the 1080 TV is not capable of processing the color language.

While you are seeing 4k dithered down to 1080P, maybe it looks sharper because there is a lot more source material to work from to create that 1080P image. And the Blu-ray player has to either convert or throw out some of that color information before passing it to the TV in order for the 1080P TV to be able to display the image. Undoubtedly, the 4k Blu-ray movie will be downscaled to 1080P and then broadcast to your television. And when it comes to actual picture quality, it will have the same final “resolution” as the 1080P movie.

How to rip 4k Blu-ray to 1080P video for playing on a 1080P screen?

Undoubtedly, you can get full experiences of 4k Blu-ray with the 4k TV. However, it would be worse if the TV is just Full HD or other non-4k support. As far as I am concern, why not convert the 4k Blu-ray to 1080P for watching on 1080P TV, instead of playing 4k Blu-ray on 1080P TV? To make 4k Blu-ray on 1080P TV, a video converter is needed. As one of the most popular all-in-one software, Leawo Blu-ray Ripper should take into your consideration.

Being the best Blu-ray ripper software, Leawo Blu-ray Ripper could rip and convert 4k Blu-ray to 1080P video and extract audio off Blu-ray to save in all formats for any media player and device. It could rip Blu-ray, regardless of disc protection, region restriction, and movie studios. The program is extremely easy to use, no technique knowledge required. Follow the steps mentioned below to rip 4k Blu-ray to 1080P video for playing on a 1080P screen.


Step 1. Click “Convert” button on the sub-menu in the middle to enter the converting interface. Directly drag and drop source Blu-ray/DVD files into the converting panel.

Add DVD content

Step 2. The source videos in the disc will be listed on the left. Use the 3 buttons on top of the list to select different videos to rip and convert to 1080P videos. Full Movie is for ripping all videos in the disc. Main Movie helps you pick out the main movie and Custom Mode gives you the right to freely choose the videos you need. Click OK to add them to the video list.

Choose video to rip

Step 3. Click “MP4 Video” >>”Change”>> “Profile”. You can set video/audio formats and device models in the “Format” or “Device” group. To watch 4k Blu-ray on 1080P TV, you can choose profiles under HD Video tab to convert Blu-ray movie to MP4 in HD resolution.

Step 4. Click “MP4 Video” >>”Edit”>> to set the video and audio parameters, such as the Video Codec, Bit Rate, Resolution, Frame Rate, Aspect Ratio, Audio Codec, Channel, Sample Rate, etc.

Adjust parameter

Step 5. After settings, return to the converting panel, on which you click the green “Convert” button to set output directory for saving the output files.

Set output directory

Step 6. Hit “Convert” button to let the 4k Blu-ray on 1080P TV conversion begin. After the conversion completed, check the generated 1080P video, you will certainly be satisfied with its final video quality.

Start converting

Frankly, we don’t think you should play 4k Blu-ray on 1080P TV that doesn’t support 4k. If you are on a budget, get a 4k Ultra HD TV, for it offers movie fanatics the ability to experience incredible picture and sound quality that it cannot compare while playing 4k on 1080P screen. Playing 4k on 1080P screen is not a good idea, for most TV can’t play 4k files smoothly. Besides, you cannot edit the 4k Blu-ray on the NLEs, owning to the limit feature of CPU or GPU of your machine, the NLE would interrupt or become unresponsive. On the contrary, with the best Blu-ray ripper software, you can take good advantage of the 4k Blu-ray on 1080P TV. Moreover, you can also edit 4k Blu-ray in video editing software like Windows Movie Maker, and/or upload Blu-ray movie to YouTube or blog for sharing.