The latest product on the television scene is the new ultra high definition (4K HD) TV’s. Unveiled in January at the 2013 CES show in Las Vegas – although this technology is a few months old now, most people will not know anything about it just yet. Every few years something new comes out in the electrical visual world that wows the crowds and in previous years it was the flat screen, then the plasma, then the LED, then 3D TV’s and now….

it’s the ultra-high definition 4K HD TV.

What is 4k HD TV & what are the Benefits?

Well firstly, the 4K stands for 4 times the resolution of standard full HD. Your standard full HD TV comes in a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (hence 1080p). Well, this 4K Ultra High Definition comes in a resolution of 4000 x 2000 which seems like it’s been doubled but it in fact its 4 times as many pixels on the screen – resulting in much better colour and definition. They actually go up to 8K and the 8K UHD TV’s will be adorning our living rooms at some point in the future, but most likely only on television sets over 80 inches in length.
Generally your TV series and favourite shows won’t be in 4K, but films will be. In actual fact, film makers have been filming in 4K full HD for a while now, the firsts being Ridley Scott’s remastered ‘Blade Runner: The Final Cut’ released in 2007 and if you saw Avatar at the cinemas, you will have seen 4K in action.

Drawbacks?

Currently the 4K resolution system isn’t available on the public market. Reviewers and such have criticised the release as apparently you won’t notice a difference between normal high def and 4K resolutions unless you are operating it on a screen of 55 inches and above. The average family home has a television less than 40 inches in size so where does that leave the masses? Nowhere, that’s where.

These TV’s are initially going to be very pricey, like most new technology. So, until they come down in price, the common man will be stuck with his old naff full HD TV. Oh woe…Basically there isn’t a necessity for this new product, especially when you won’t even be able to notice a difference under 55 inches. You may notice slightly better definition, but most say that you simply won’t. Seeing as how the only benefit of 4K at the moment is to enhance your 3D experience (due to the lack of television productions in 4K definition), that pretty much limits its usage and target audience unless you’re prepared to buy an 80 inch TV. Most companies have committed to releasing a 4K TV in 2013 but unless you have over £10,000 spare – you won’t be owning one any time soon. Still, it is good to take a look down the line at where our TV technology is heading and what will eventually be available in our homes.

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