In today’s modern television tech terms, Ultra HD, or 4K UHD refers to a resolution that is roughly four times greater than the widely used 1080p HD seen in many homes. Breaking its way into the consumer market, this upgraded resolution is generating high interest, along with many important questions involving available content, screen size optimization, broadcast information, media players, streaming potential, and pricing.
Our job is to simplify the work involved with reading into the details and to provide you with the best recommendations and insight. Not just for the TV’s themselves, but for all areas of 4K.
Many are familiar with 720p and 1080p resolutions coming in at 1280 x 720 and 1920 x 1080 respectively. With only a few exceptions so far, most broadcasting company networks use one of these two formats. Surprisingly however, it is not unusual to find commercial cinema and some TV series programs filming with 4K, or even 5K recorders.
Utilizing Ultra HD, the numbers and capabilities of TV technology have increased dramatically to 3840 x 2160. By comparison, 1080p is roughly equivalent to a two megapixel image whereas Ultra HD is equivalent to an eight megapixel image.
But my 1080p looks great, so what’s the advantage? Will I see the difference?
When thinking 4K Ultra, think big, or think close. Optical perception and distance play a large role in determining the answer to this question. More pixels means that you can see more detail in an image. As many of us know however, as you move farther away from an image, the eye condenses small details and portrays them as a whole.
Positioning yourself close up on an Ultra HD TV will show amazing differences from a normal 1080p device. Lines aren’t jagged and squared off into visible pixels. Smooth and flowing surfaces are present.
In person, especially on the new and sometimes VERY large TVs shown at the recent 2013 CES, the clarity and internal details are quite impressive. Stated bluntly, it takes the visual experience to the next level where you might find yourself in awe, sometimes even forgetting what is actually happening in the movie or program because you’re so focused on the details of the picture.
Like any new technology being considered for purchase, we’re always questioning the usability and availability of media content that lets these new devices run and deliver results to you at their full potential. In a smart attempt to counter the delay, similar to 3D conversion, most of the UHD devices contain internal software that provide up-scaling of media close to the Ultra HD level. So even if you haven’t had a chance to grab your favorite films in 4K, your TV will automatically up-scale your Blu-Ray or DVD to maximize its clarity.