It can be hard keeping up with technology and all of it’s advancements. One minute you buy the “next big thing” or the newest release of your favorite gadget, and the next minute it has become outdated and obsolete with the latest release of a newer and better version. Technology can be a huge investment. Normally, the fancier and more advanced you go, the more you are going to have to dish out. That is just the way the industry works right now. There is something new popping up onto the markets every day. Inventors and engineers are in a constant race to discover something new and exciting to bring to the markets.
This societal change towards technological advancements has made its impact on some of the oldest forms of media and its gadget friends. Television is just one of the many areas that have grown and changed with the times. Not to mention becoming more advanced, more exclusive and more expensive as the industry grows. We’ve seen a new emergence of competition come from the makers of television sets as their sales began to dwindle with new online streaming services, smaller portable devices, and more. They fought back strong with enhancing their audio experience, bringing 3D into their customer’s homes, and expanding on their visual experience.
After the emergence of surround sound and even the 3D in-home experience, there have been several fine-tune tweaks to the visual enhancements most TV’s are using on their screens. The most recent talk has been surrounding 4K TV. 4K has been in the discussion of new TV experiences for a couple of years and is now fully on the new media scene as the next standard of television. Most of the major television manufacturers are moving towards making their equipment 4K compatible.
4K TV is also known as Ultra HD TV
The terms are used to describe the 4,096 x 2160 resolution that was introduced to digital cinema. However, when speaking in technical terms, the 4K resolution is much higher that the resolution parameters of the Ultra HD.
4K is more effective when viewed on very large screens, mostly 65-inches or bigger. The 4K obviously improves the picture quality at almost any size screen. The increased number of pixels provides or a denser visual with much more detail in the frames. This has become the new standard in the film-making community with its ability to create the types of visuals that you would get with 35mm film.
It might be safe to say that you should go ahead and make the investment in a new 4K TV, especially if it is gearing up to become more of the standard in the television market. The key here is that it is gearing up to become the new standard of TV. Not all channels and broadcasts are equipped for the 4K TVs. However, some of the more prevalent services like Netflix and Amazon are already providing some of their content in 4K. Most of the 4K content available is through the internet on channels like YouTube. In addition to aforementioned video site, there are a number of sites that are solely dedicated to 4K content. More and more retailers creating 4K streaming equipment to keep up with this advanced movement in TV viewing technology.
One caveat to all of this new technology is that not all of the older 4K TV sets can support the newer versions of 4K streaming services. Remember how we talked about buying one thing one minute, and having a newer and better version released shortly after? This is a perfect example. In 2013 a number of 4K TVs were released that are currently close to being obsolete. They do not support, for example, Netflix’s new 4K videos streams. This is due to their inability to decode the new HEVC format that Netflix uses in it’s 4K UHD streaming. Some retailers are trying to stay ahead of this curve by producing streaming boxes that will help to support the capability on their older TV models. Manufacturers like Philips and Sony have created media streamers that help the non-compatible TVs support Netflix’s 4K streaming.
There is no doubt that this type of technology is likely to continue to advance and grow. We know that 4K TV is the “new” way to experience TV, and most of the popular television services and broadcasters are moving towards accommodating this new trend. If you decide to purchase one of the newer models on the market, keep in mind that there might be a newer one released. You can find solace in knowing that if you do go with a major TV manufacturer, you might be able to purchase an additional piece of equipment to help you stream 4K with the newer technology.