Understanding 4K TV

You Say You Want Some Resolution

Next level standards in 4k TV resolution let you see for miles.

We all fondly remember our first time watching an HD TV. The clarity and color were far beyond anything SD had to offer. You could now easily read the score of the game, or see what was sitting on David Letterman's desk. Movies looked like movies! The next giant leap in TV is the 4k, and the difference is all in the resolution.

An average HD TV screen is basically a grid of around two million pixels, which are very small squares of light. New 4k TVs, also known as Ultra High Definition TVs, weigh in at about 8 million. Seeing the difference is a bit like the feeling you get when you buy a new pair of glasses. Regular HD TV is now an Atari in a PlayStation world.

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Most 4k TVs employ new technologies like better LED backlights, filters, and/or lasers (really!) to reproduce more colors. This results in a wide color gamut, the newest standard in TV, which is similar to the picture quality you get in digital movie theaters. And whether or not you are viewing wide-gamut content, 4k TVs analyze regular programming and enhance the picture.

Most 4k TVs also use HDR (high dynamic range) technology. Dynamic range is the amount of brightness from black to white that a screen can display. 4k TVs produce a better dynamic range than traditional screens and projectors can, meaning you will see more detail, especially in very dark or light scenes. Think Batman.

The unparalleled picture of 4k is ideal for-

  • Movie buffs
  • Sports nuts
  • Photographers
  • Videographers
  • Anyone that wants a cinematic experience

4k TV upscales regular programming; in other words, a 4k TV improves the quality of any program or video you watch whether it is 4k or not. Some services such as Amazon Prime Instant Video and Netflix have now begun featuring 4k movies and tv shows. Sony launched its Video Unlimited 4k service in 2013, offering more than 70 films and TV shows for rental or purchase (these require Sony's 4k Ultra HD Media Player). Many films and some TV shows are now filming in 4k, and these will start filtering into public view in early 2016.

4k is the new landscape of television, and the view is excellent.