Television manufacturers actually started to push 4K technology a few years ago, but it is only recently that 4K TV technology has really been big news, but what could it mean for the future of home viewing? Is this really the technology that TV viewers have been waiting for? Let’s take a look at what 4K really means for home entertainment.
What is 4K?
First things first, what exactly is 4K? Well, in the simplest of terms 4K is simply a screen resolution. If you want to be exact, it is a screen resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. It is called 4K for a combination of two reasons – the picture is almost 4,000 (4K) pixels wide and this resolution contains about four times as many pixels as an HD resolution (1920 x 1080). Thanks to the higher resolution, 4K offers a clearer and more detailed picture on the screen, although some feel that it is only noticeable on larger screen sizes.
Why Should I Care About 4K Television?
The big difference between 4K television and some of the other more gimmicky technologies like 3D which have proved to be little more than passing fads is that 4K actually makes a tangible difference to your viewing experience! With 4K, you get more pixels inside of a smaller area resulting in a higher resolution and that means a more detailed picture. 4K offers a clearer picture than even full HD and it is being used not only on television screens, but also on our smartphones, tables and laptops.
Is This Really The Future of Television?
It is difficult to say definitively whether or not 4K is the future of television, because technology is in a constant state of evolution and even now manufacturers are working on 8K and beyond! However, for the sake of simplicity we will say – yes, 4K or something very like it is the future – at least for the moment. It is all about higher resolutions. In 10 to 15 years, very few people will still be using a 1080p HD television in much the same way as you see very few standard resolution screens around today! 4K will have become the norm and its successor will be the new kid on the block that everyone wants to know more about!
That means that if you do decide to go out and buy a 4K television set in the next few months, you will not find yourself saddled with a TV that you don’t really get much use out of. However, whether or not you should go out and buy a 4K television at the moment is an entirely different question! There is a lot to be said for holding off for a little while to see if they come down in price or if the technology is perfected a little further before parting with your cash!
Another reason why you might want to hold off a little longer is that there is something of a lack of 4K content out there for you to watch. The first 4K Blu-Rays have only recently become available and do require a new Blu-Ray player to watch them which is another expense. Very few cable providers offer 4K content at the moment although if your provider is one of those who is top rated in customer service, then they may be able to provide you with a timeline as to when 4K broadcasts are expected.
In conclusion, 4K television, or one of the other emerging higher resolutions, does look set to be the new norm for home entertainment, but it might be worth holding of for another 6 to 12 months before investing in a 4K television set.