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4K Televisions

Television Trends

4K TVThe newest trend in televisions and home theater is the 4K TV.

The term 4K refers to the horizontal resolution (vs vertical) of these formats, which are all on order of 4,000 pixels.

Giant 4K TVs

As of late, manufacturers have been trying to make 4K TV dreams a reality by releasing giant sizes. Since flat panels are no longer a novelty, TV manufacturers have quadrupled the number of pixels to the 4K range. This is known as UltraHD or UHD and while it is a noticeable change, one would still have to be fairly close to the TV. The OLED (organic light-emitting diode) shift is bigger since it uses a higher contrast technology with much deeper blacks than today’s LCD panels.

The Future of TVs

Already available in the U.S. and certain parts of the world, curved OLED TVs with a conventional HD resolution of 1080p, and a bowed shape claim to be the absolute future of televisions. The curve makes the perceived size of the image appear larger, creating life in every pixel.

The only issue (aside from price for some) may be the infrastructure involved. Transmitting 4K over cable would require quite a bit of data and providers currently just don’t seem to be able to handle it. However, like anything else technology-related, things will surely move forward quickly.