The Future of Television is 4k & Beyond

Ultra HD Television Resolutions Chart: Standard Definition, HD, 4K

Ultra HD Television Resolutions Chart: Standard Definition, HD, 4K

What is 4K UHD?

If you're loving your High Def TV, you may not be loving it for long. Forget 3D – when you get a look at the new 4K screens you may have a sudden case of screen envy. They have 4x the resolution of the the best HD screens of the previous generation. While the new televisions are not cheap, they they are moving down in price quickly.  Many of these TVs range from $4,000 to $10,000, but some near or  below the consumer $1,000 barrier.

4K Ultra HD (4K UHD) is a technical term for the next generation of high definition TVs. It's a huge leap in quality. While each frame of standard HD is 2.1 megapixels or less, each frame of 4K UHD is 8.3 megapixels.  As with digital cameras 4x the number of pixels is a big difference in quality.  Since HD is 2x to 5x the resolution of SD or standard definition television of years ago, 4K UHD is 8x to 20x the resolution of the old standard TVs.

The 4K TVs:

Panasonic 4K television on display at the Consumer Electronics Show

Panasonic 4K television on display at the Consumer Electronics Show

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, major manufacturers were tripping over each-other show their 4K UHD wares. I had the chance to see these televisions at CES and can confirm they produce stunning images that are clearly superior to anything HD.  Sony, LG and Samsung seem to be the first out of the gates to ship to retailers. Seiki, a company from China, is releasing 4K 50" televisions that are hitting the streets for about $1,200 which much less than the $4,000+ price tags on most of the screens coming out.  While obviously, the Seiki televisions won't rival their more expensive peers, initial reports are that they're not bad. Monitors and accessaries are will continue to be released throughout the year.  To see what's currently available follow this link for 4K UHD TVs on Amazon. 

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