Developments in Ultra HD 4K TVs

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Recent Developments in Ultra HD 4K TV’s

The newest and best TVs on the market have four times the resolution of a high definition TV. They are referred to as 4K or Ultra HD TVs. Here is a brief history of TV resolution:

  • Standard Definition
    • Back in the day we had standard definition resolution TV that was referred to as 480i, or 480 interlaced lines of resolution. Interlaced resolution uses two separate fields to create a frame, refreshing only the odd lines of an image in one frame and then the even lines in the next frame.
  • High Definition
    • Americans have upgraded our viewing experience to High Definition television.
      • High definition consists of two different standards;
        1. 1080i, (consisting 1,080 interlacing lines)
        2. 720p, the “720 lines of resolution with progressive scanning. (Progressive scanning is when the whole screen is redrawn for each frame every time.)
  • Full HD
    • There was a debate about what was better, 1080i or 720p. 1080 lines of resolution is better than 720 lines, but progressive scanning is better than interlaced. “Full HD” was the name given to 1080p or 1,080 lines of progressive scanning, Most TVs sold in the past few years were 1080p or “Full HD”. Interesting trivia fact – most broadcast television is still run in either 720p or 1080i.
  • 4K or Ultra HD
    • The latest revolution in TVs is 4K or Ultra HD, which has 4 times the resolution of high definition standards.

Can you remember when your family first made the jump from standard to HDTV? I remember thinking how REAL it felt, like the actors were in my living room, it was incredible.

Ultra HDTVs, also known as 4K TVs offer 4 times the resolution of  high-definition technology, that is 8 million pixels compared to the 2 million pixels offered by HDTVs. High definition shows will scale to the 4K resolution and it does look better. This adds more detail, more color, more clarity and more contrast to your viewing experience.

So how does the jump from standard definition to HD compare to our latest jump to 4K ?
If going from standard to high definition was a jump from 40% to 90% in terms of picture quality, then the jump to 4K gets you to 100%. The price increase for Ultra HD is around 15-20% and we believe it’s worth doing.

We don’t recommend replacing all of the TV’s in your home, but if you are in the market for a new one we think 4K is the way to go.

4K Content

Samsung, LG and Panasonic have partnered with Netflix, Walt Disney and Fox to form the UHD Alliance to set standards and improve the future of 4K high-quality content. Meanwhile Amazon Prime and Netflix began streaming 4K  content for shows like “House of Cards,” “Breaking Bad”  and movies like “Godzilla” and “American Hustle.”

As 2015 progresses, 4K content will just continue to roll out for multiple different platforms, which is great news for us.

Ultra HDTV’s are not another gimmick, merely the next step in the evolution of resolution. Seeing is believing when it comes to grasping the clarity of 4K resolution. Give us a call and make an appointment to come witness the 4K revolution for yourself in our showroom.

Until next time,

Scott Sullivan
SoundVision, Inc.


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