New TV technologies: 4K, Ultra HD and Curved TV’s

There is a lot of talk about new TV technologies, specifically 4K TVs, Ultra HD TVs, and curved TVs. However, with all this talk, few people actually understand what all the new buzz is about. I hope this can clear it up for you.

For starters, let me tell you the difference between 4K and Ultra HD. There really is none! Although 4K refers to the digital cinema standard which displays images in 4096 x 2160 and Ultra HD is what consumers can now buy which is 3840 x 2160, many people just refer to Ultra HD as 4K. Although some brands do not market 4K at all and prefer to stay with Ultra HD, 4K seems to be the name that most people will stick with.

Now what exactly is all this new hype about 4K TV’s all about? Well 4K is 4 times the resolution of your normal HD TV so obviously the picture will be a lot sharper, but the question really is how much does this really matter for the average person? 4K TV’s allow someone to sit closer to the TV, even if it is larger and have the picture be very easy and clear to the eyes. They are also great for people that might throw get-togethers and parties to watch sporting events. Another great use of the 4K TV is for people that like to watch stuff in 3D. In standard HD, 3D did not do so well as the picture was straining to the eyes and did not “pop” as much as the consumer expected. However, with a 4K TV, when a picture is split into half (as it will be with 3D technologies), each half is still twice as sharp as your normal HD TV. 4K might bring a new uprising to 3D technologies.

However, with all these cool benefits to 4K TV’s, they are still really new and that sprouts two big problems. One is the fact that there is not a lot of content for 4K TV’s. The new resolution takes up a lot of bandwidth and people are still trying to figure out how to overcome this obstacle. However this problem is already being resolved as a lot of HD content is now being converted to 4K. Despite this, there is not a lot of “native” 4K content. The second big problem is the price point. 4K TV’s can be REALLY expensive right now. If you have the money for it and would like to try it, great! Go for it! But if you cannot allow yourself to spend three to four grand on a TV, then all you have to do is wait until the technologies develop and eventually the price point will be almost the same as a standard HD TV.

Curved TVs are also making a big slash in the TV industry. However, there seems to be a lot more controversy over these TV’s. I’ve seen these TV’s myself and there is no question, they do look a lot better than a standard HD TV. The aesthetic look of it is great also. However, the actual benefit of a Curved TV seems to be really oversold. The curve is supposed to make each part of the TV equidistant from the viewer if the viewer is directly in line with the middle of the screen and is also sitting the ideal distance from the screen. This does not account for any viewer that might be off to the side of the screen. This is a problem because it doesn’t matter what kind of TV installation you have, some people are not going to be directly centered while watching TV. Honestly, I think that the curved TV still looks better from the side than a standard HD TV but it does not seem to be worth the price tag that comes along with it. For now, I think that 4K has a much brighter future and makes a lot more sense. Of course, TV companies are still trying to expand on the technology and who knows what they can come up with!

I hope you guys got some insight on these great new TV technologies and that if you were thinking of getting either a 4K or a Curved TV for your home theatre setup, your decision got a little easier. If you would like to read more on this subject you can visit a great website that explains everything in detail.  This is TV Installation Toronto and be sure to look for our next blog about other innovative TV technologies.