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Late to the party, but the show is only on Netflix outside of the United States. In the US, it is still an Amazon Prime exclusive. Amazon does have the first season in 4K, though, which makes it look even more gorgeous than it did in HD. You have to use a browser link to access the 4K version though, for some reason - you can't find it through a search or by browsing their 4K content. Add it to your watchlist and you can then access it on any 4K-ready device.
Season one is available on Amazon Prime, as others have noted. The interesting thing is that it's available in HD and in 4K UHD as well, but you can't find it by browsing. I only knew it existed because I stumbled across a set of 4K MKV files and came here asking if anyone knew where they might have come from. Someone posted a link to a thread on blu-ray.com, which contained a direct browser link to the season in UHD on Amazon Prime.
Season Two is only available by purchase at this point, but it will no doubt hit Amazon in the next few months.
It's under a separate listing as "The Expanse [Ultra HD]". It is not a quality setting on the 1080p version.
The 4K versions are separate like with other titles on Amazon:
You can't find them via the Amazon search function as that would be too easy.
This is nothing new, it has been available in 4K on Amazon ever since the first season was added to Prime in US. You can find posts from 2016 about this.
Of course, Amazon's interface has kept the 4K versions hard-to-find - one may need to find a link online and then add it to your watchlist from a PC.
I don't think the section shows up when browsing if you're not connected to a HDCP-compliant 4K monitor. On the PS4 and TV apps there is a section in the sidebar for UHD content. It is woefully incomplete, and a number of titles I have been able to find only through direct browser links I found elsewhere. The search engine is also crap, unfortunately. You can identify UHD content by a banner in the upper left corner that says 'UHD', but finding it in the first place is a hassle. Of all interfaces and searches on services with 4K content, Amazon's is by far the worst. Sometimes, googling "[show name] UHD" will get you results, sometimes not.
FWIW, almost all of their original content is available in 4K. If you go to the 'Amazon Originals' section you'll see a bunch that aren't in the 4K/UHD section. HD and UHD versions are both found there, so look for the banner.
Since you mention The Expanse, but don't specify whether you've found it, this link will take you to the first season in UHD and this one to the second season. Add them to your watchlist and you'll find them there in the app afterwards.
Can you access any 4K content from Amazon on your desktop? A lot of services restrict 4K content because of HDCP concerns. Assuming you can (and, of course, that you have a 4K monitor), here are the links for season one and season two.
Amazon's search engine is absolute garbage for finding 4K/UHD content. I've found more 4K content on their site through Google searches than with their internal search engine.
On my several-years-old iMac this is what I observed some weeks ago:
When I search for ""the expanse" ultra hd" or ""the expanse" uhd" on the Amazon website in Prime Video I *do* get a hit list of the three seasons as the answer set. Success!!? Not exactly...at least not as I experienced.
Clicking on each of the links on this answer set (found from within Amazon) to the separate seasons lands me on a page showing the banner for the show and a list of the episodes. However, the term "UHD" or "Ultra HD" does not appear anywhere on the page. Say I click on "The Expanse, Season 1" – I land on a page that has, at top left, "The Expanse 3 Seasons 2016" and a list of the episodes in S1 with different icons on the left side of each entry. When I run one of the episodes (lets say S1-E1 (Dulcinea)) I get a screen that has: 1) "X-ray | View all" at the top left; 2) The heading "The Expanse / Season 1, Ep. 1 Dulcinea" at top center; 3) "HD" in highlighted bold at the bottom. Run time is a total of 44:47.
When I do a Google search for the uhd versions - i.e. from OUTSIDE of Amazon - I find the link referenced in @Indigo-Shade's post above, and also as given in this past post — namely: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N0SMDTT . Clicking on THAT takes one to an Amazon webpage that DIFFERS substantially from the one I described above. The page one lands on now has "The Expanse [Ultra HD] 2 Seasons 2016" at the top left, and in the list of episodes each entry has a different icon from the ones in the list I described above as found from that search within Amazon. Running , say, S1-E1 (Dulcinea) now gives a screen that: 1) does NOT have that "X-ray | View all" at the top left; 2) The heading "The Expanse [Ultra HD] / Season 1, Ep. 1 Dulcinea" at top center; 3) a greyed-out (faded out) "HD" at the bottom. Run time is a total of 45:16.
If you're playing on Amazon, why aren't you watching the 4k version?
Okay, this might be a dumb question, but what page are you using to add this to your watchlist? I still can't get the 4k version up when I search in my browser.
Edit: hmm, maybe like this - [link]
Amazon US currently has UHD streams of the first 2 seasons here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0SMDTT
That may be the source of the files you have.
Here is the UHD link for OP to add to watchlist.
Expanse Season 1 UHD : [link]
So what is the Amazon streaming UHD seasons 1-2?
Yeah real 4k, but not bluray level 4k.
Might be region locked though..
As noted in other threads, make sure you're watching the Ultra HD versions on Amazon. They're un-edited: [link]
Funny enough, I followed the link in the Blu-Ray.com post and it took me to a listing for the show streaming in UHD. I put it in my watch list, so hopefully I'll be able to access it on my TV when I get home. When I search 'Expanse' I get the regular HD version, when I search 'expanse ultrahd' I get zero results, ditto 'Expanse Ultra HD', and if I even search for it exactly as formatted in the Amazon page - The Expanse [Ultra HD] - I get no results! I need to give them a call and see how to find this content, since their search engine refuses to show it and all I can find by browsing is their original series' (Mozart In The Jungle, Man In The High Tower, etc.) and a few movies for sale.
Thanks for the BR.com link - I much prefer going through legit channels whenever I can.