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Welcome to 4K School  

*Note: { Before we begin, we like to mention as much as possible on this site that you should be careful while doing your own research online.  Be careful what you read as not all information is accurate or factual.  

Most importantly, check the date of the article or Post that you are reading elsewhere.  We provide dates on every single Post/Page that we present to you, but others do not.  

Because technology is changing so swiftly in the 4K realm, you should only be educated with the latest & greatest.  For example, we recently read a Post that was listed high up on Google search results (meaning that the ‘result’ link that they gave you should be what you are looking for).  It was telling people:  “NOT to buy 4K TVs because it was too soon.  There was not enough 4K content and prices were high.”  

Soon there after, we located the date of this Post which was April 2015.  Just barely a year old and this Post is obsolete and inaccurate…not to mention at the top of google search results on a 10/2016 search request.  Our response to this….  The time is NOW to buy a 4K TV and there is plenty of 4K content to watch!– {November 15th, 2016 }

This may sound boring…(to go to “4K school”), but all we are trying to do is educate and inform you so that you can make the best informed decisions.  When it comes to investing in a new television or all the components that come along with it, it can be very costly.  Making an informed decision is the only way to go about these important purchases.  

Watching television is one of America’s greatest past times.  Many people use TV as a form of stress-relief.  Mothers often rely on the television to keep their children occupied while they complete other home tasks.  Most of us learn about current events & other news while watching our TV set.  

Heck, some of the most delicate and history making events are watched LIVE on TV in the comfort of our homes.  In November 2016, a world record was set for the highest number of consumers watching the election results live on the television!

4K televisions went on sale in the United States back around 2014.  I purchased my first Sony 4K TV in 2014 and paid about $2,800.  My TV was a 3D, 65 inch Sony 4K Smart television.  Since then, I have purchased numerous other 4K TVs in an effort to update my other HD TVs located in my home.  I am on the band-wagon to say the least.

I created this site in order to help other consumers get educated about 4K and all there is related to it.  Back in 2014 there was not a lot of information online about 4K TVs.  I performed my own research and did the best that I could to purchase the right 4K device for my family and at the best price.  

At the time, 4K was brand new to the television industry therefore the prices were sky-high.  The new 4K ‘world’ experienced similar results as to what happened when the first “HD 720 & 1080” televisions first came out.  The prices start super high and then year(s) later they drop significantly.

Luckily for all of our sake, the cost to purchase a 4K television has dropped substantially since their introduction about 4 years ago.  Most of the U.S. population still does NOT have a 4K TV. Perhaps they recently updated to a SMART 1080p TV, or simply replaced their HD1080 TV with another less expensive, but more updated 1080 TV.  

Either way, consumers are on the verge of making tremendous headway with obtaining 4K technology, but are not quite there yet.  By the end of 2016, statistics show that only 15% of the consumer population will own a 4K TV.

With that said, the outlook is bright!  Experts predict that approximately one in every eight North American homes will own an Ultra HD/4K TV before the end of 2016.  According to a report by Strategy Analytics, this eye-catching figure – which equates to more than 11 million North American homes – is the result of rapidly falling prices for 4K TVs and increased availability that’s seen shipments of 4K TVs to the region this year surge by more than 70%!  

You can purchase a smaller 4K TV for under $400 dollars at some retailers.  This is great news.  Now, is the time to get in on the 4K movement.  Its well worth the money to be able to watch incredible, mind-blowing images in the comfort of your family room or media room.  4K picture quality is so good, that I often compare it to looking through a window.  

Its as if you are looking out the window directly at whatever is on the screen.  Just as if you were there in person.  The detail is breathtaking on 4K.

The Strategy Analytics report also makes the point that North America’s penchant for very big TVs relative to other regions around the world has played a part in Ultra HD’s success there.  

More than 80% of Ultra HD TVs shipped in 2015 were 50-inch or bigger, at the same time that big-screen TVs which don’t have Ultra HD native resolutions have been becoming increasingly hard to find as manufacturers switch production over to the higher resolution format.  This will also help to drive prices downward.

In fact, Strategy Analytics predicts that by 2020 all 40-inch and bigger TVs sold in North America will be Ultra HD – by which time, the report also suggests, almost half of all North American homes will own at least one Ultra HD TV.  Remember from our History Page, that the word “ULTRA” is what most manufacturers refer to as 4K resolution televisions.  

This is what separates itself from the term “HD”. —–>  “UHD”  means Ultra High Definition (a.k.a. 4K resolution).  They basically mean the same thing.UHD 4k resolution

The figures reported give North America the highest levels of Ultra HD TV ownership anywhere in the world – though the report also stresses that when it comes to shipments  of Ultra HD TVs China is miles ahead of the pack, with as much as 25% of domestic shipments coming from such Chinese brands as TCL, Skyworth and Hisense.



Definition of:   4K resolution

Approximately 4,000 (4K) pixels of horizontal resolution in several digital formats for shooting motion pictures as well as scanning 35mm film into digital.  4K movies are used intact for cinema theater projection as well as 4K TVs.  For Blu-ray and cable/satellite TV distribution, they are scaled down to 2K (1080p).  

For example, Blu-ray discs “Mastered in 4K” means the source material was in a 4K format. See 4K TV, 4K 3D TV, 5K monitor, UHDTV, DTV, aspect ratio and digital cinema.

Definition of:   UHDTV
(Ultra High Definition TV) Generally refers to a 4K TV with 2,160 lines of resolution.  The term is also used for an 8K TV, the generation following 4K. See 4K TV and 8K TV.

4K TV       H/V Res     For comparison:
Quad HD    3840×2160     2K 1920×1080
Full 4K    4096×2160     8K 7680×4320 4K CINEMA ACADEMY FORMATS     MP/Frame
Standard   3626×2664   1.37:1   9.7
Flat       3996×2160   1.85:1   8.64K CINEMA ANAMORPHIC
Scope      4096X1714   2.39:1   7.0 2K CINEMA ACADEMY FORMATS
Standard   1828×1332   1.37:1   2.4
Flat       1998×1080   1.85:1   2.22K CINEMA ANAMORPHIC
Scope      2048×858    2.39:1   1.8


A 4K Camera
Introduced in 2004 with an image sensor the size of a 35mm frame, the DALSA Origin was the first digital video camera to capture 4K images and use standard 35mm cinematography lenses. In 2011, the company was acquired by Teledyne. (Image courtesy of DALSA Digital Cinema, www.teledynedalsa.com)
Television Pixel Comparison Diagram:

4K diagram

TV Screen Comparisons:

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maxresdefault ——->   YES, IT IS WORTH IT.


TV resolution confusion: 1080p, 2K, UHD, 4K, 8K, and what they all mean?

Is 4K twice is good as 2K? Is it different from Ultra HD?  Is 1080p 1K?   What do all these random numbers mean?

Photo by: Matthew Bronowicz with 4KAdvice, llc

When you are shopping for a TV, one of the most obvious and prevalent numbers is the resolution.  You must take into consideration the resolution capacity.  This is basically one important element in your picture quality.

But what does 4K mean?  Does 4K mean that its more than Ultra HD?(Depends)  Is Blu-ray 1K? (Sometimes)  If 4K is four times greater than 1080p (NO) , does that mean 4K is 4320p? (NO)

Well, in order:   Depends, Sometimes, No, and No.

Resolution, in the sense we are talking about here, refers to the number of pixels that compose the picture on the Television set.  A single pixel, or discrete picture element, consists of a tiny dot on the screen.  On today’s TVs, there are between roughly one million (for 720p TVs) to eight million (for 4K Ultra HD TVs) such dots.  You’ll have to look very closely, or whip out a magnifying glass, in order to see one.

Although it’s the most common specification used to sell TVs these days, partly because “eight million pixels” sounds really impressive, resolution is not the most important ingredient in picture quality.  Just because a TV says “4K Ultra HD” doesn’t always mean it’s better than a 1080p TV.  It usually does, but not always, and for reasons that have little to do with resolution. 

With that said, it’s still worth understanding the various resolutions used by TV makers and others.  Here are more helpful details below

4K or Ultra HD?

Let’s start at the top of the current TV market: 4K =  This is a good place to begin.  It lets us talk about the basis for the vast majority of the confusion when it comes to resolution.

The short version is this: When it comes to TVs, 4K and Ultra HD (or UHD) are referring to the same resolution.  Those TVs, along with Ultra HD Blu-ray, and nearly all UHD streaming content from Netflix, Amazon, Youtube and others, is  3,840 X 2,160  resolution.

Here’s the long version:

Select Large-Screen Resolutions

Resolution Name      Horizontal x Vertical    Pixels                    Other Names        Devices
8K 7,680 x 4,320 none Concept TVs
“Cinema” 4K 4,096 x [unspecified] 4K Projectors
UHD 3,840 x 2,160 4K, Ultra HD, Ultra-High Definition TVs
2K 2,048 x [unspecified] none Projectors
WUXGA 1,920 x 1,200 Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics Array Monitors, projectors
1080p 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD, FHD, HD, High Definition TVs, monitors
720p                     1,280 x 720                  HD, High Definition              TVs


The problem is that 4K means something different whether you’re talking about a TV in your home, or a projector in a theater.  This is why it gets confusing.  Terms have not yet been ‘written in stone’ since the entire 4K movement is only a few years old.

Technically, “4K” means a horizontal resolution of 4,096 pixels.  This is the resolution set forth by the Digital Cinema Initiatives. Because movies vary in aspect ratio, which refers to the exact shape of the rectangle of screen, no vertical resolution is specified.

So yes, the pedants are correct. Ultra HD TVs aren’t technically “4K” since their resolution is 3,840×2,160.  However, it doesn’t matter.  4K is way easier to say than 2,160p or Ultra HD, and when anyone runs a survey asking about it, the vast majority of you (and us,), greatly prefer “4K.” So does Google, Amazon and Youtube.

Since the pixel difference is 13 percent and it’s nearly impossible to see even larger differences, we will file this under “why does anyone care?” (but people really care, as I’m sure we’ll see in the comments).

Sony’s home 4K projectors, on the other hand, are actually 4K. The best picture I’ve ever seen in a theater was a 4K projector with lasers.

8K follows the same logic.  If you’re talking about TVs, it’s twice the horizontal and vertical of 4K TVs: 7,680 x 4,320.  This isn’t a cinema resolution yet, at least not outside of the experimental stage.  We’re a long way away from 8K TVs being anything close to mainstream.  The cost alone would not be economical for consumers anytime soon.  However, I for one, look forward to when 8K TVs get released.  We truely wonder just how much better quality the picture will be over 4K?  We have recently read that the human eyes is only capable of seeing so much.  In other words, can our human eyes even process a picture resolution worth 8K or better?  Meaning if the image already appears lifelike like 4K does, then how much better can it get.  Won’t we each be limited by how good our eye-site is?  All questions that are very interesting to ponder.  4KAdvice.com will continue to address these questions and bring you the latest. Stay Tuned….

This shows the relative number of pixels in each of the major resolution formats. Not actual size of course, this is a chart not a visual representation (though it is to scale if you click on it).From largest to smallest: 4K Cinema, in 1.78:1 aspect ratio (Black); UHD (White); 2K Cinema, in 1.78:1 aspect (Green); Full HD 1080p (Red); 720p (Blue).Photo by: Matt Bronowicz/4KAdvice, llc


Before “4K” became common, you would almost never see “2K.”  It was pretty much just a cinema resolution, which is why you will sometimes see it used to refer to a “master format.” Most digital cinema projectors used in theaters are 2K resolution (some are less).  It’s 2,048 pixels wide, and again, no vertical resolution is specified by the DCI.

But now that “4K” has gained traction as a term used to describe TVs and content, “2K” is becoming increasingly common as shorthand for the 1080p resolution used by most HDTVs, as well as Blu-ray. It’s not technically accurate, but that didn’t stop “4K” from becoming more popular than UHD!

1080p or Full HD?

Remember how we talked about digital cinema resolutions only specifying the horizontal resolution?

Well, TVs, on the other hand, have historically used the vertical to describe resolution (going back to the glass tube days). So, 1080p is the vertical resolution.  Nearly all HDTVs have an aspect ratio of:   1.78:1 (16  x9, a.k.a “widescreen”), so that means a horizontal resolution of 1,920 pixels (1,920 x 1,080).

This is another source of confusion, since decades of TV discussions have talked about vertical resolutions, and then all of a sudden we’re talking about “4K TVs,” which refers to the horizontal resolution.  Don’t blame us for the confusion, it wasn’t our fault.  We are just the messenger bringing you the information.

That means 1080p is not “1K.” It’s 2K, as much as UHD TVs are 4K.  Which is to say, at 1,920 x 1,080 they’re close to the DCI’s 2K specification of 2,048.  With that said, most people don’t call 1080p 2K; they call it 1080p or Full HD.

By the way, 1080i is the same resolution as 1080p, but only these days appears as a source resolution, not as a TV resolution. There are no 1080i TVs anymore, but many HDTV broadcasts are still in 1080i.  Another confusing piece of information that most people probably don’t care about.  But remember, this is 4K School.  We are here to educate anyone who wishes to learn more.  If not, feel free to move on to our 4k device reviews throughout this site.  Thank you for taking the time to read and digest this information.  We welcome any 4K enthusiasts who wish to comment and get involved with our forum.  Feel free to contribute and ask questions as this is a learning and sharing experience for all.


720 is roughly half the number of pixels of 1080p.  Only the smallest and cheapest TVs are 720p anymore.  However, all ABC, Fox, ESPN, and their affiliated/sister channels broadcast at 720p. This goes back to the initial HD transition at the turn of the century.  And if you’re wondering why your TV doesn’t say “720p” on those channels…it actually does.  You would have to click the button on your remote that says information or format.  It varies from TV to TV, but most televisions will display exactly what resolution the channel you are watching is being broadcast in.

Monitor resolutions: WUXGA, WXGA, WXXXGA, WXCBGBSA

In the computer world they use an incomprehensible and shockingly ‘un-user-friendly’ jumble of letters to describe resolution.  Well, not “shockingly” since these are computers.

Look, I’m a computer guy, building my own PCs since the early 90s, and even I can’t tell you what half these letters mean.  I can understand that initially they were implemented to make things easier, but we’ve got so many resolutions and combinations that now they’re just annoying.

Basically, the ones you’re most likely to see are FHD (1,920 x 1,080) and WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200).  The rest, you can dive into and print yourself a cheat sheet from this page if you really need to learn them all.

Fortunately, the only time most of you will come across this letter craziness is if you’re looking for a cheap data projector or a computer monitor.  Basically never.

Bottom Line – Resolution

When you boil it all down, here’s the takeaway:  Your current TV (unless it’s really new) is HD, either 720p or, more likely, 1080p.  New 4K Ultra HD TVs have four times as many pixels as 1080p.  The picture quality is going to be about 4 times better, too!  We mean that.  When you turn on a good 4K television and tune in to some native content (films mastered in 4K resolution) you will see for yourself just how bid the difference is.  You will not be let down.  Your mind will be blown just like ours was!  If you appreciate a good quality, sharp TV picture, and look forward to watching some good movies and shows…then do yourself a favor and invest in a 4K resolution television set.  Use our reviews to find the top 10 4K TVs in 2016 & 2017.  We do all of the research and bring to you the best prices locations of where to make these detrimental life purchases.  If you use TV watching to de-stress from a hard day, then TV quality is a very important matter and we treat it here as such.

Ultra HD Premium

If you’re sitting there thinking that all these new technologies and acronyms sound confusing then you’d be right.  That’s why a group of companies decided to form the UHD Alliance with the expressed aim of defining what technologies should be included in the next generation of TV sets.

The UHD Alliance is comprised of 35 companies including television manufacturers such as LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba, Sony, Sharp, audio companies such as Dolby, and film and television production companies such as Netflix and 20th Century Fox.

The idea then is that if everyone can agree on what features they think UHD should include then Disney (an example member of the alliance) can produce a movie that Netflix will be able to stream through a Samsung TV, and the eventual image will be exactly what the director at Disney intended.

The result of this alliance was the UHD Premium specification announced at CES 2016.  The specification comprises a list of features that should be included in products like TVs and Blu-ray players to ensure maximum compatibility with other content and hardware produced.

Currently, in order to adhere to the UHD Premium specification a product must have:

  • A resolution of at least 3840 x 2160
  • 10-bit color depth, allowing for 1,024 shades of each of the three primary colors red, green and blue, as opposed to the 256 allowed by the current 8-bit standard.
  • Be capable of displaying pixels at a certain brightness and darkness for HDR purposes (technically this light level is from 0.05 to 1,000 ‘nits’ for LEDs and 0.0005 to 540 ‘nits’ for OLED sets for all you number lovers out there). Adhering to these standards means blacks should look truly dark as opposed to just milky black and whites should really pop.

Now that this standard has been defined it should just be a case of checking that your next purchase has the ‘Ultra HD Premium’ logo and not having to worry about your set being incompatible with the slew of 4K content that’s about to emerge over the next few years.  This is truly a meaningful advancement that will help all consumers make better decisions.

Except of course it’s not that simple.

Samsung and Panasonic are embracing the new standard, with both of their flagship lineups wearing their UHD Premium badges with pride.  Sony, however have decided to go down a more confusing route and have decided to stick with their internal ‘4K HDR’ label despite their sets all actually meeting the required specification.  Philips won’t be using the alliance’s badge, but its sets don’t currently meet the specification anyway.

It’s only natural that while a technology is still emerging these problems will continue to exist, but we hope that soon we’ll be able to recommend looking for a UHD Premium set without reservation.  Until the whole industry unambiguously backs the standard however, we’d still recommend you tread carefully to ensure maximum compatibility.  As a matter of fact, we highly recommend that you stick with 4KADVICE.COM for all your informational needs.  We will not let you down.  Our experts are researching the market daily noting any changes and updates to the 4K technology.  Furthermore, we are taking the time to discern every single difference between all 4K device manufacturers.  We will bring you the details within each and every high-class quality review that we provide you on this site.  We will take the time to analyze & test every product in order that we present you with a trustworthy SUMMARY review.  Take what information we provide you, and go make an informed decision about your purchase.  Overall, we welcome you to the world of 4K.

What Is “Upconverting” a.k.a. “UpScaling”

This is our easy-to-understand explanation of what Upconverting means…Since most Movie & TV show content is filmed in 1080pHD then how will you get it to appear like 4K resolution on your new 4K Television.  Well, the answer is that you CANNOT.  Only truely mastered films in 4K can appear as true 4K resolution on a 4K TV.  This means that the producers have to film using a 4K camera in order to get native or ‘virgin’ 4K resolution results.  The next best thing is UPCONVERTING.  Manufacturers designed a way to have the 4K television set convert the pixels of a 720 or 1080p  (in order to upconvert, the content must be at least HD 720 or 1080) upward to a pixel amount closer to 4K resolution (which is technically pixels of 3,840 X 2,160).

So, they will take your broadcast image on TV, Or DVR recorded event and the television will convert upward the image to a higher pixel amount.  This gives you a much sharper, better quality picture image than the 720 or 1080 that it was converted up from.  *Note:  Upconverting does NOT increase the image content to a full 3,840 X 2,160.  Images that appear with this 4K resolution can only be achieved if the film was mastered, or filmed in 4K using a 4K camera.  This would mean the content is ‘native 4K’ or ‘mastered in 4K’.  These pictures are absolutely stunning.  But, the next best thing is a picture that your 4K TV is able to upconvert to as close to 4K (3,840 X 2,160) as possible.  Depending on your specific television and its upscaling / upconverting capabilities will depend on just how upconverted the picture become.  It varies, but the pixels after upconverting are in the range of 2,080 X 1,040.  Basically somewhere in between 1080HD and true UHD 4K.

Needless to say, all that you need to remember about upconverting from this 4k School is that when you go to purchase a 4K television make sure it is able to upconvert / upscale.  Ask the salesmen, or read about the specific TV in the manufacturers manual.  Or, seek out our reviews on 4KADVICE.com and we will always be sure to detail the ‘upconverting’ capabilities of each 4K television unit that we review for you.

After some initial glitches converting HD programs to 4K resolution, TV makers have mostly sorted it out  now, and in the process delivered a sharper picture, even for standard HD programs. Watching a Blu-ray disc, for example, on a 4K set can be a big, big improvement over standard HD TVs, thanks to crisper, more precise, upscaling. So even though the majority of programs you’ll be watching will still be in HD, it will look better on a 4K set.

There’s more content, with more to come

Just last year in 2015 we heard complaint after complaint about there NOT being enough 4K content (movies and TV shows).  This was the number one reason why consumers were denying the purchase of a 4K television based on 2015 surveys we performed.  The basic response was:  “We are going to wait until there is more 4K content available before we invest in a 4K TV”.  Much of this opinion was based on internet hype and rumor.  Sure, there was less 4K content available in 2015 and even less in 2014.  Its a brand new technology.  But, as we all know…technology advances very quickly!  Especially in the 4K realm.  4K resolution televisions and content has grown faster than the transition over to HD from digital standard definition.  Although, SD was a more complicated, involved switch-over for most of the population.  With that said, NOW IS THE TIME, to buy 4K and being enjoying it.  There was enough 4K content in 2015 and today there is plenty.  I personally watched countless 4K films in 2015 using my new 4K SONY TV.  Everyday, I look forward to new 4K native film releases.

While traditional broadcast networks have yet to jump on the 4K bandwagon, they are increasingly irrelevant as people download and stream more video programming than ever. And streaming companies such as Netflix, Amazon Video and Vudu are carrying more 4K content.

Streaming companies such as Netflix, Amazon Video and Vudu are carrying more 4K content. “Streamers are setting the agenda,” Gray said, reminding us that software sells hardware.  And, more 4K software is coming.  Dish Network and DirecTV have already added 4K channels and support.  We at 4KADVICE.COM have a subscription with Dish Network.  We would highly recommend Dish Network to any consumer looking to make a change.

The reason why we committed to Dish was for two main reasons:

  1. They introduced “Dish Anywhere” long before Direct TV had a similar program.  Dish Anywhere allows you to utilize your full Dish subscription on any device at any time.  This means that you can watch your favorite Dish programming, DVR, movies on demand on your smart phone, Tablet, or PC at any time you wish.  (Direct TV only recently offered this).
  2. No company has been able to compete with the Dish “HOPPER” and Joey receiver systems.  This is the best way to set up your home system and utilize the best DVR system available.


The company that brought cord-cutting to the masses, Roku, is also getting viewers connected to more 4K material.  Roku’s new 4K Spotlight channel is a curated listing of what’s currently available online.  You’ll find 4K movies here such as Edge of Tomorrow and San Andreas, TV shows like House of Cards, and services 4K such as YouTube and Netflix.

Finally, while streaming is disrupting the old models, new 4K discs are appearing for the first time this year along with players, led by Samsung’s $400 UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray player.  With prices for movies starting at $30, it’s still a premium purchase, but for serious movie fans, there is no better way to watch a film.

With the right 4K HDR setup, for the first time you will be able to create a picture experience at home that’s better than what your neighborhood cinema can offer.  You cant beat this!  Not much is better than having the absolute best picture quality image in the comfort of your own family or theater room at home.

The HDR fly in the 4K ointment

Alas, just when you think the TV people seem to have sorted out high-resolution video formats, along comes high dynamic range (HDR) to mess it all up.

HDR adds a wider color gamut, sharper color intensity and greater brightness to 4K pictures.  It makes a clear visual difference.  Unfortunately, the format itself is far from clear.  There are at least three different versions of HDR and whether or not a particular set supports them — or have to support some future format — can be tough to figure out.

Some models, such as Vizio’s latest top-of-the-line models, support Dolby Vision, sort of a souped-up version of HDR. Others support the Ultra-HD Premium format (a more flexible version of HDR), and some, such as LG’s 4K sets, support both. Still companies, such as Sony, are sticking with their own HDR logo on their sets.


The above image does not give (HDR) the justice it deserves.  The best way to view real HDR is to go to a television store like BestBuy and ask a salesman to lead you to a 4K TV that contains HDR technology.  Analyze it and decide if this benefit is something that you will require in your purchase of a new 4K TV.  It is your decision, we are just presenting you all the options.

The lack of conformity could make TV shoppers’ heads spin this year with a potential compatibility problem looming ahead. Fortunately, there’s a clear strategy for any buyer looking at purchasing a TV: You can either take a budget-minded approach and go for an inexpensive 4K ultra-HD model, such as the $500 50-inch 4K Insignia Roku TV, and not worry about HDR until it becomes an accepted — and less expensive — format three or four years from now.

Or you can decide to splurge and purchase a set that conforms to both Ultra HD Premium and Dolby Vision formats, which should futureproof your TV and make it compatible, come what may.  Look, if all this extra technology and enhancements to 4K is overwhelming and confusing…do not stress.  If you have never owned a 4K UHD TV, and you are considering upgrading from your 1080p HD TV, you basically cannot go wrong with any of the mainstream, name brand Television manufacturers like SONY, VIZIO, TOSHIBA, etc.  Prices have plummeted for even the larger 4K TVs (like 55-65 inch).  As long as they are true UHD 4K, and contain good Upconverting capability…you will not regret your purchase.  We promise you this.

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      This is wonderful to hear that my Post has provided you benefits and information about 4K. This is exactly why I created it. Years ago I could not find any good information or research about 4K televisions although they were just coming out onto the market for sale for the first time. I wanted to buy one, but had no way to learn about it all. Thats why I created this site…to help people who were just like I was years ago and give them quality information so they can make informed purchase decisions. YOU JUST MADE MY DAY,…by telling me that this Post has helped you. That was my number one goal. When and if you decide to purchase a new TV, please think about coming back to my site and simply clicking on one of the ad blocks like Amazon on the right sidebar. Amazon truly DOES have the best selection of 4K TVs and they have the lowest, best prices on 4K TVs since there is so much competition right inside Amazon marketplace…all merchants seem to drop their prices to get more sales and we the shopper benefit. Also, I have many other Posts related to 4K TVs, 4K content and where to watch.

      Yes, you cannot go wrong with buying a new 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) TV when the time comes. With bad eyes…4K is perfect for you. Unlike the old TVs (TUBES) where it was NOT healthy for people to sit that close to them (remember that? I remember my Mom yelling at me constantly to sit back farther away from the TV or it will make me go blind:-)) Well, today with 4K TVs, the opposite is true. These TV absolutely CANNOT hurt your eyes. As a matter of fact, all manufacturers encourage viewers to sit as close as possible to 4K TV and because there are so many millions of tiny pixels..you get the best picture image up close and cannot see any pixels. In general , depending on how big your room is and how big your TV size is they say sitting back 8-10 feet will give you the best viewing experience. Its true also as this is what I do with my 65 inch 4K TV. Closer is better.

      Glad to be able to help educate you. 4K TV prices are way, way down from where they were just 2 years ago. They probably wont get much lower in general other than special sales and events from time to time at various merchants…therefore, it makes it best to buy 4K now. NO reason to wait. Then, begin enjoying how crisp, clear, fine details, sharp and live picture image that 4K UHD provides. Thank you . – MattB.

  2. What a great and informative article! I hadn’t even heard of the term 4K before, so thanks for explaining that “ultra” is actually 4K. I have been dreaming of getting a new and much larger TV and after reading your article, I know what to look for when I’m ready to go shopping for that new TV. As I’m getting older my eyesight isn’t what it used to be, so I really look forward to having a TV where I can see everything much more clearly. Any advice on what brands will give me the most bang for my buck?

    1. Glad we can help with educating you about 4K UHD Tvs. They are so much better than the HD Tvs that have been on sale for years now. You will not be disappointed if you choose to buy a 4K UHD. Actually, for a bit more money than a HD TV, its well worth it to buy 4K now. Most everyone will have 4K TVs soon just like we all had to switch from Standard Definition (SD) many years ago to HD (or 720 and 1080). The picture quality on a 4K Tv is amazing! its so real that it looks like you are right there on the scene of the movie. Or, it appears like you are looking through a window at a real live scene being shown. It makes TV watching that much better when everything is so real and it removes you from your stresses of life. Good luck and Please share our Post and site at 4KADVICE. Come back to us and click on our Amazon link ads to take you to Amazon for any purchases. This will help support our cause. A few years ago when I became interested in 4K Tvs I could NOT find any information online about it. I had to buy my first 4K TV ‘blind’. It was frustrating. Therefore, I decided to create this site 4KADVICE.com to help educate the general public so that they can make informed purchase decisions. We also present the best deals with lowest prices on all 4K equipment like TVs, blu ray players, cameras and video recorders. I do this on my spare time. Take care and thanks for commenting about this Post. – Mat B.

    2. We are just following up to see if any of our Readers have upgraded to a 4K TV yet? If so, can you give us some feedback and let us know how you like it or not. Thanks, Matt B.

  3. Wow, I didn’t know 4k camera was invented so early – in 2004 when it was introduced.
    I always thought these things came on later – like 2010+.
    Anyway, this article gives a clear explanation on the 4k resolution comparing it with different aspect ratios and different resolutions. It really puts the 4k resolution in the perspective.

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      Well, commercial cameras were invented much, much earlier than consumer cameras. So you are right. For a consumer to buy a 4K camera….that didnt start happening until like 2013 or 2014. Its very new just like 4K TVs you could not buy one in store until 2013 late.

      Commercial is different apparently, since there is more money in it for manufacturers. Commercial meaning the people who create and film, master movies and TV shows….better cameras were available back in 2004 in that market. Thank you and glad the article was helpful.

    2. We are following up to see if you upgraded to a 4K Ultra HD TV yet? If so, how do you like it? – Matt

  4. Great info!
    I am itching to get a 4K TV but we already have a couple of HD Tvs so it’s hard to see the need to upgrade at this point.
    I try to stay away from electronic stores as the images are so much nicer than our current 1080p tvs.

    I may have missed it or misunderstood, but is it necessary to have an upconverting tv capability if you are running video through an upconverting set top box?

    Keep up the good work. Will bookmark your 4K resource site when the time comes when we are ready to upgrade

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      I understand that…this is most consumers issues. By now, they have 4 or 5 HDTV that are not that old in their house. We started with one 4KUHD TV and we will swap out our older HD TVs with newer 4K as the time comes. But, there is a super big difference with 4K TV over a 1080 HD TV…I will say that. Its worth the extra money although prices for 4K are not much higher than HD TV these days. They have come way down. 4K is four times better picture quality than 1080HD TV! Its like you are right there on the scene it is so real. You can see fine details like blades of grass and wrinkles on faces. Its almost like the character is standing right there in your family room its so real looking on a 4K TV with native 4K content movies and shows. And there is plenty of 4K content now. Good luck and thanks for commenting. Please come back to http://www.4KADVICE.COM when you decide to make a purchase and click on our Amazon ad to send you over to Amazon. We bought our 4K TV there and they had the best selection and lowest prices.

    2. If so, let us know which 4K UHD TV you got and how you like it. We would love to hear from you. – Matt B.

  5. Thanks for the post regarding 4K televisions.

    I have just recently been shopping for a new TV and it has become confusing with all the different screen sizes and definitions.

    I have seen the 4K models on the shelf and they were a little more money than the other TV’s, but I wasn’t sure what the advantage was.

    One question that I have is which television would be best for video games? Is a 4K TV better than a 2K model for playing video games?

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      Well, if I were you I would absolutely pay a bit more and purchase a 4KUHD TV. It will still do everything you need it to do and the picture quality will be FOUR times better than 1080HD TV. As long as you are watching 4K content that is….meaning movies or tv shows that were made in 4K using 4K camera, OR ones that were remastered and digitally enhanced from 1080HD to be closer to 4K resolution level.

      About games, you for sure want a 4K TV setup. The graphics will be at least 2 times better than a regular HD TV. Its well worth it. Watching a native 4K movie on a 4K UHD TV will blow your mind! Seriously, it looks like you are right there in the movie live. Or, you are looking through a window at a live scene. Its so real looking, crisp, clear, fine details….you can see blades of grass or rain drops, or wrinkles on peoples faces. It just makes watching movies and show and game all the more better because it looks so real. Good luck!

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