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How To Watch The Lord Of The Rings Movies (HD/4K/Atmos)

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“The Lord of the Rings- The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) starring Elijah Wood © New Line Productions

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Director Peter Jackson is still one of the most popular movie series even after releasing in theaters 20 years ago. The 3 movies: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003) are also available to watch in Extended Editions.

In total, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy extends 558 minutes (theatrical) or 686 minutes (extended) — not including any bonus material. It’s a film series that many fans tend to watch at least every year. So what is the best way to watch The Lord of the Rings movies? Read below for various options.

How To Watch The Lord Of The Rings Movies

On HBO & HBO Max (HD/SD)

If you have an HBO Max or HBO subscription (by the way, some AT&T cellular services include it free with certain plans) you can watch The Lord of the Rings Trilogy for free, both the Extended and Theatrical versions. Unfortunately, neither HBO nor HBO Max offer the movies in 4k/HDR/Atmos, only HD/5.1.

On 4k Blu-ray (4K/BD)

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is one of the highest-rated 4k Blu-ray and Blu-ray trilogies of all time. But, you’ll need a 4k Blu-ray or Blu-ray player to watch the discs. In 4k with Dolby Atmos, you’ll get the highest quality possible at home. We gave the 4k Blu-ray edition of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy top scores (Read Review) and rank it in the Top 25 4k Blu-ray releases of all time. See: The Best 4k Blu-ray Players of 2022

Streaming/Download Services (4K/HD)

You can also watch The Lord of the Rings Trilogy through various digital retailers such as Apple TV, Prime Video, and Vudu. And, the movies are available in 4k UHD, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. However, audio/video quality may also vary. For example, as of this article Apple TV, Prime, and Vudu offer The Lord of the Rings Trilogy in 4k UHD, but Prime Video does not currently offer Dolby Atmos.

On TV (HD/SD)

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is often playing on TV networks free but with commercials. This is especially true during the holidays when lots of people watch the films. You can watch the movies live or set a DVR to record and watch later. If you don’t see an airtime with your TV provider, try searching On Demand titles. Be sure to watch the channel in HD if possible.

On-Demand (HD/SD)

Most TV providers offer The Lord of the Rings Trilogy films On Demand for purchase or rent, or free if currently playing on a network you are subscribed to. Find the On Demand library selection from your TV service provider and search for “The Lord of the Rings.” Audio quality (Atmos or 5.1) and video quality (4K or HD) may vary according to the provider. Be sure you are getting the quality that matches your TV or projector!

Also Read: How to Watch 4k/HDR on HBO Max

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