The future of high definition viewing is coming. In fact, it’s already here, you’ll just need a large bank account to pay for it. 4K and Ultra HD are the next generation of TV and entertainment. The technology provides stunning definition, the likes of which you’ll never have seen before. 4K and Ultra HD have been talked about in hushed whispers for a while. In 2014, some models began to hit the market and are slowly rolling out to the masses.
It may be some time before every home has one of these future screens. However, they are becoming more and more accessible. At the current point in time, the TVs are still incredibly expensive. You are also limited when it comes to what you can view on them. Naturally, suppliers and TV channels take a little time to catch up. They need time to produce and provide 4K content. Having said that, this is the next generation and it’s important to be ready. Here’s everything you need to know.
4K or Ultra HD is quite simply the most powerful graphics display we have ever seen. As its name suggests, it is four times more powerful than traditional 1080p HD. It packs in four times as many pixels. Where a traditional HD TV hosts 2 million pixels, a 4K screen will display up to 8 million. This is truly going beyond what would have been considered possible ten years ago.
The result is a beautiful, smooth image display. The content looks more like moving photography than a normal viewing screen. The texture and detail is mind blowing. It sounds strange to say, but it looks more real than real life. If you’ve never laid eyes on one, you’re in for a very interesting experience when you do.
TVs are already on the market with this technology built in. The potential is ready and waiting for us. In order to become a fully realised reality, the programming needs to catch up. It’s not far behind though. Last year’s World Cup was shown in 4K for those who had access to it. It required streaming via wifi, but it was certainly a good start. It showed that it could be a reality in the home.
There are currently no TV channels that offer 4K, but they are in development. Netflix is one of the first streaming services to provide shows in 4K but, again, the current choice is limited. We will also begin to see the introduction of 4K blu ray. This means unparalleled movie viewing in the home. Burnworld.com talks blu ray burning and the power it holds in the future, it’s worth a look.
Photographers will be among the first to adopt 4K TVs and technology. It will present their photographs in the high definition they deserve. Of course, there is one final obstacle: price. Although they started at a cool £30,000, they have now dropped to around £3,000.
4K is slowly becoming an accessible reality. Keep a watchful eye on the technology. 2015 will be the year when it becomes affordable and powerful.