The television set had a rather humble beginning, as a bulky device with a black and white screen grainy display and knobs to control volume. The TV set underwent a lot of change: color screens, LCDs, LEDs, Plasma sets; and the current hot must-haves are HDTVs. Today’s TV sets are lean mean machines with screen resolutions that display vivid and sharp images and sound that is scarily real. But the industry is not satisfied with the 1080p resolution that current HDTVs sport. Digital dreams of the manufacturers have driven them to come up with TV sets that can have panels or screens with 4 times the resolution as the current high definition sets; we’re talking a humongous 4000 pixels horizontally.
The idea is not new to Hollywood, with quite a few 3D movies being made with 4K cameras. Avatar from Sony Pictures is the most famous example. The stunning visuals that enthralled audiences worldwide and raked in the greenbacks for the studio were shot with this technology.
Just imagine, if you could actually have a TV with this resolution, what a mind blowing home theater experience you would have! No visible pixel structures, smoothest of edges; overall a greatly enhanced video quality. The quality of 3D viewing will be greatly improved. With today’s passive 3D glasses, the resolution is halved for each eye, to enable the user to view in 3D. With these 4K TVs, we are also looking at ‘glassless’ 3D viewing.
But the funny thing is you probably won’t notice these changes so much. It’s like the law of diminishing returns in Economics. When high definition first came out it was a marked difference, so we could actually see it. But there is no such dramatic change in spite of the 4 times higher resolution in the 4K TVs. And yet, industry analysts say that it will definitely be the future of HDTVs. After all people always want what’s latest and newest, whether they really need it or not!
LG and Toshiba are all set to launch their 4K TVs by next year. Toshiba is planning a modest 55 incher compared to LG’s massive 88 inch TV. With such high resolutions, the effect can be fully enjoyed only on large screens. You will be able to use your HDMI cables for viewing 4K content, so that’s a relief. No cable upgrade required.
The benefits, we have seen, are all about an exhilarating viewing experience. So what are the downsides to this new ‘Ultra HD’, as it’s been nicknamed?
- From the time it is released and for the next few years, it’s definitely going to burn a hole in your pocket. We are talking some real big bucks; we’re talking of very, very high resolution, the latest technology and gigantic screens to boot.
- Be prepared for an alarming increase in your bandwidth consumption.
- There is hardly any 4K content that is available for viewing as of now
- Players and displays will need to upscale HD and standard def content.
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