TV Tech Update #10 – How Many More Pixels Is Enough and What’s Better Than 4K?

I woke up this morning to make an important (and an almost shocking) discovery: We’ve been living in 2015 for the whole ten days now!

Ha-ha!

Holy molly, how did this happen? Where did the time go?

Well, I know where: We’ve been so busy installing new TVs over the holidays. Because many of you had taken advantage of those Boxing Week discounts that every electronics retailer big and small was dangling in front of crowds during the week leading to, and immediately following, the two biggest holidays of the year. Good on you!

Good on you!

Honestly, I don’t think our installers have ever been busier in the 2+ years of us being in the TV installation business. So as all this craziness and the busy-ness continues, let’s take a peek into our electronic mailbag and see what these virtual front pages of TV tech media talk about. Let’s see what to expect this year.

So as all this craziness and the busy-ness continues, let’s take a peek into our electronic mailbag and see what TV tech media is talking about. Let’s see what to expect this year. Shall we?

So here we go…

Have you been looking at a 4K TV of your dreams but every time walked away empty-handed? Only because of the exorbitant price tag staring at you?

Well, great news! The price of 4K TVs has dropped to under $1,000 for many models. Now it could be a great time to upgrade your home theatre viewing experience. However, it turns out that choosing a 4K TV is getting to be quite a difficult and complex endeavour for the average consumer.

Each manufacturer is trying to put their own, unique and proprietary spin on it.

Sony has come up with TRILUMINOUS(TM) technology, which is essentially Quantum Dot that was extended to be able to use more colours.

Samsung is pushing SUHD. Basically, what they focus on is making the “white light” that is used to produce the colours you see on your television, much brighter. The result, more contrast as well as more possibilities with colours.

Sharp right now is all about Free Form Display, as they are stretching the boundaries for what kind of surfaces you will be able to view TV from. This includes the steering wheel of your car as well as differently shaped phones and tablets.

Basically, for a home viewing experience with the best picture quality, compare Sony and Samsung for yourself, but for cool gadgets you might want to keep track of Sharp.

The biggest trend in TV tech now is the Quantum Dot technology. It moves away from this craze of getting more pixels on the screen and instead focuses on getting the best quality pixels. The main principle of Quantum Dot is that it can create a brighter “white-light” back lighting which can produce a larger array of colours, which is why Samsung and Sony have been using it in their recent technology. This is a more expensive way of improving the picture on a TV, so it will only be seen on premium sets (at least for the time being).

Well, that’ll do for our first check-in in the new year, folks.

Our phones have been ringing with customers wanting to hang their brand spanking new TVs on walls and above fireplaces. I’m going to take some phone calls, close the shop, and go watch some Friends reruns on Netflix Canada (yup, they have just added the whole eight seasons and if you were looking for a show to binge watch this week, this got to be the one!)