What is 4K?
That seems to be the question on the minds of many consumers – especially during the season of competitive retail price drops and holiday shopping.
Within the past 10-15 years, the world of big screen televisions has essentially transformed into an ever-changing realm of advanced entertainment technology. In today’s market, consumer demand specifically targets 4K HDR TV. Why? What is 4K? How does it stand out from its predecessors and competitors?
A TIMELINE THAT DATES BACK TO 1998
To understand how far the industry has come and the rising popularity of 4K, here’s a quick overview timeline of that journey which dates back to the late 1990s:
1998: HDTV digital broadcasting is launched in the United States. It was invented decades earlier, but it was not until the late 1990s that HDTV became mainstream in the United States.
LCD Bumps Plasma: During the first several years of the 21st century, plasma TVs were “cutting-edge” and reigned as King. That King was dethroned and replaced by “the next big thing” – LCD televisions – around 2007.
LED Grows Behind the Scenes: LED continued to grow in development and popularity behind the scenes to the point where LED-backlit LCD TVs became the nucleus of consumer focus.
4K HDTVs: From the big-screen projection TVs in the late 1990s to the flat screen LED-backlit LCDs of the early 2000s, it did not seem as if the evolution of TVs could grow any further. That was, of course, until the more flexible and thinner 4K TVs made their mark with the rising popularity of curved screens really making their mark with today’s consumers.
WHAT EXACTLY IS 4K?
4K (also referred to as “Ultra-High Definition” or UHD) offers nearly 4,000 pixels across - a substantial increase over what you find in standard HDTV. It generates an impressive image clarity that transcends the convention 1080p HD resolution that used to drop jaws and captivate eyes. In addition to the image clarity, 4K HDR TV also presents a collection of varied, vibrant and more realistic colors along with extended frame rates.
As shown from the above image, 4K exceeds its top predecessor with a high-quality resolution profile that is 2 times higher and wider than 1080 HD:
- Standard: 450 x 540 pixels
- HD: 720 pixels
- Full HD: 1080 pixels
- 4K: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels
TOP 4 BENEFITS OF 4K HDR TV
In addition to the increased level of resolution, investing in a 4K TV allows you to enjoy quite a few other features and benefits that are simply unavailable with standard definition and other conventional TVs.
Premium Features: 4K UHD allows you to enjoy such premium features as viewing an arsenal of enhanced colors, extremely high refresh rates, special motion rendering and HDR technology.
Image Enhancement Boosts Your Viewing Experience: Think about the most captivating films that you have in your collection right now. Picture the most colorful scenes and vibrant moments of the film that may drop your jaws with a standard or 1080p HDTV. Now, imagine having the opportunity to view those scenes in a clearer, richer and more vibrant way than you have never seen them before. That is what you will enjoy with a 4K TV.
4K Places You Ahead of the Curve: As technology continues to evolve, all consumers will eventually have to grow along with it. Investing in a 4K TV now will allow you to step ahead of that curve by accessing the connectivity and visual specs that may become the “new normal” based on possible changes in the future of broadcasting technology.
Pricing More Competitive than Ever: Most people look forward to Black Friday shopping due to the drastically low pricing of HDTVs. However, if you have paid attention to the average pricing of HDTVs throughout the year, you would notice that there are still relatively low in comparison to their price points from 2015 or even 2016. You can even buy high-quality 4K TVs for the same price as some other high-end HDTVs available today.
A GROWING LIBRARY OF 4K MOVIE TITLES
The fifth benefit of investing in 4K HDR TVs is the benefit of enjoying the growing number of 4K movie titles available. At HD Movie Codes, we strive to keep our customers satisfied with our own growing collection of 4K movies for a fraction of the price you would pay for them in-store.
How do you personally feel about 4K? If you do not have it yet, do you plan to buy a 4K TV in the future? If you already have one, do you think it was worth the money you spent? Let us know in the comments below.
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