By now you’ve almost certainly heard the terms 4K and Ultra HD (or UHD) floating around. Most major Television manufacturers have a handful of models in their current ranges that are this new standard resolution.
Technically, ‘4K’ and ‘Ultra HD’ are not really the same thing, however in the realm of consumer TVs they seem to be used interchangeably – mainly thanks to Sony and how they’ve marketed their UHD TVs. Ultra HD is 3840 x 2160 pixels (4 x Full HD) and 4K is 4096 x 2160 pixels (hence the 4K). Google it for more info on where these originate from.
So do you need one? Potentially not, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have one.
The main downside at the moment, is that there’s very little UHD content available. Most broadcasts in Australia are still SD, let alone Full HD or UHD. Blurays are great – especially on a nice big Full HD TV. Some bluray players even do a decent job of upscaling to UHD. And then there’s online content. There’s still not a whole lot but this area has the greatest potential for quick adoption and easy enough distribution.
So it’s not like there’s nothing at all, but going off what’s currently available you certainly can’t justify upgrading for all the extra pixels you’ll see.
If your current TV is on the blink or you want a second TV, it could be a great option, and there’s a couple of reasons why. Firstly, it’s an easy way to future proof yourself for years to come. As far as resolution standards go, it’s hard to see anything changing drastically for the next 3-5 years. Secondly, as the current models available are all at the top of the range, the image quality is excellent. I know it’s a broad statement, but that pretty much goes for all of them. Also, it means they have all the bells and whistles in terms of smart features, so you’re set in that area too.
Hopefully that’s helpful. There are plenty of superb TVs on the market this year – both Full HD and UHD. You pay more for UHD so do some research with your budget in mind and make an informed purchase. As always, we’re happy to help so call us on 1300 VIDEOPRO, email us or jump on LiveChat if you have any questions.