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4k TVs – When Will It Appear in Your Living Room?

4k TVs – When Will It Appear in Your Living Room? – the release of more consumer friendly models in 55-inch and 65-inch could be seen as early as late summer or the beginning of fall this year.

Sony’s 84 in. Ultra HDTV

4k TVs – When Will It Appear in Your Living Room?

Bright and colorful nature documentaries will never be the same again. The changing face of technology has gone back to the drawing board yet again and is bringing us the best picture yet. Much to the disappointment of those who just spent a good amount of money upgrading their archaic 720p model to it’s more pixel-licious cousin the 1080p. Okay, maybe archaic is a little harsh, but the reality is in the world of tech and advancements it only takes a couple months, or less, to make the latest and greatest a has been. Before new technology is even released there is often work being done to move forward and find the technology that will become its successor.

What is 4k technology?

4k technology is going to be known in the mainstream under the moniker, Ultra HD. You can almost hear the booming voice with a slight echo announcing it, duh duh duh duh….In order for  a television to call itself an Ultra HDTV:

  • 8 million is the minimum number of active pixels for a TV to be 4k, this means the display must have at least 3,840 pixels wide and 2,160 pixels in picture height.
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • One digital input that has the capacity to carry and present native 4k video in complete resolution.

 

What makes it better?

In order to achieve that perfect, crisp, gazing out the window type realism in a television or display the pixels were dramatically increased. To give an idea of just how drastic this jump is:

  • A standard 1080p HDTV has a display of  1080 x 1920 or approximately 1.2 million pixels.
  • A 4k television will have a display of 4000 x 2000 (8 million pixels) up to 4000 x 3000 which is 12 million pixels

It is no doubt that the picture quality will be far superior to what we currently have.

Sony’s 84 in. Ultra HDTV

So what’s the problem?

The issue that is presenting itself with the furthering of knowledge and impending release of Ultra HD televisions is related to content. There is not a lot of content available in true 4k at the moment and although there were talks of being able to download or stream 4k media the file sizes are so large that it could pose problems for those with bandwidth caps…which is pretty common place nowadays. Don’t fret though, the Sony version of the 4k TV has an upscale in it that is rumored to “make the picture almost indistinguishable from native 4k” (David Phelan, Introducing the Sony X9000A 4K 65in TV). The other thing is that this could well provoke the fall of blu ray DVD if the 4k TV is embraced by consumers. Blu ray technology does not have the capacity to be used for 4K playback at the moment.

Now, before you get too excited you need to understand that these new TV’s will not come cheap, but you already knew that.  There are few 4k  televisions already on the market but they are not a viable option for many.

  • Sony’s 84 in. Ultra HDTV has a price tag of $25,000 USD.
  • Westinghouse has a 110 in. model for $300,000 USD.
  • Sony’s VPL-VW1000ES projector retails for approximately $30,000 USD.

If these prices don’t have you running for the nearest electronics superstore, don’t worry, the release of more consumer friendly models in 55-inch and 65-inch could be seen as early as late summer or the beginning of fall this year.

 

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This is a Guest Post by Nate Miller. Nate currently represents Expert Satellite a BBB rated direct TV provider. Call ExpertSatellite.com on 1-877-505-3198 today to find the best rates online.

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