4K TIPS AND TERMS (revisited)

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Get Acquainted With 4K UHD


4K Ultra High-Definition television, or 4K Ultra HD  (its really the same thing), is the next generation of display technology for the home, offering an incredibly immersive viewing experience with superior picture quality.  

With more than eight million pixels of resolution, more colors, and higher contrast, 4K Ultra HD is the closest thing to bringing the 4K Digital Cinema experience from movie theaters into your home.  The latest models sport the most recent technical enhancements for an even more “you are there” viewing experience.  

This meaning that it literally makes you feel like you are right there in the scene.  Or, as if you are looking through a window onto a live scene in your back yard.  This is no exaggeration, either!  Check it out for your self at your local electronics store.

What Is 4K?


Where To Watch 4K?

Good news! 4K UHD TVs are entirely backward compatible, so you can use your existing cable box or DVR, DVD or Blu-ray player, or standard HD TV antenna, and your 4K UHD TV will make whatever you’re watching look even better than before.  

But to get the most out of your new 4K UHD TV, you’ll want to turn to streaming services and new 4K UHD equipment.  In addition, you can locate the best 4K content providers shown below via there icons.

We will also be presenting you with detailed & specific Tips regarding these 4K content providers via our Complete Content Guide.

UHD Blu-ray  (Ultra High Definition Blu-ray) came out in early 2016, therefore we will also be providing updated information about players and software.

For more details on available 4K content, check out our complete content guide.

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Ultra HD Premium Specifications

An alliance of manufacturers and movie producers have joined together to create an organization that focuses on new 4K technology and specifications.  This was highly needed as much confusion began to swamp consumers while learning about and shopping for 4K equipment.  

Various names and verbiage were being used to sell 4K products, in order to make the product seem ‘better’ than their competition.  For example, some manufacturers began calling 4K TVs,…Ultra High Definition TVs (UHD) as opposed to just “4K”.  When really, they are both basically the same thing.

So, in January 2016, the UHD alliance (UHDA) issued the specifications for the Ultra HD Premium tier.  With this specification, premium 4K Ultra HD TVs are no longer classified simply by offering higher resolution than 1080p TVs, and calling it “4K”.  

Now, they must comply with performance metrics for high dynamic range (HDR), peak luminance levels, black levels, and color gamut, among other requirements.  This helps to ‘level the playing field’ for manufacturers while benefiting consumers the most.  

In short, an Ultra HD Premium TV will not only offer the best possible viewing experience for consumers, but will be prepared for developments in Ultra HD content coming down the road.  

This makes TV’s today significantly ‘future-proof’.  This is extremely important since we all know that the tech industry moves at a snow-ball pace.  4K technology is a rapidly evolving market.  Keep up-to-date with 4K right here at 4KADVICE.COM.

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4K UHD Televisions

With many brands and screen sizes to choose from, now is a great time to buy a 4K UHD TV.  Manufacturers and retailers are embracing the term “4K UHD” championed by the Consumer Technology Association to describe this new generation of television.  

To be clear, it is now called “4K UHD”, versus only being called “4K” televisions.  This is welcome news and we are pleased that the tech association has made efforts to simplify and explain terminology.  Not only that, but also to set minimum required specifications for all 4K television sets.

Some also are participating in CTA’s voluntary logo program that uses the same term.  Regardless of what they call them, Ultra HD or 4K, major brands all are now offering a range of 4K UHD TVs at various prices.  Today, any family can switch over to 4K on any budget.  Prices and options will only get better in 2017.  

Stay on 4KADVICE.COM to find the best deals and prices on 4K UHD TVs and Blu-ray players.  We do all the hard work by searching thousands of merchants to locate the best deals and prices.  We then present them to you along with an education about the 4K product in order that you make informed decisions.


Glossary of 4K terms

4K Ultra High Definition (4K UHD)

First and foremost, we define what 4K UHD is below.  The important factors to remember are that 4K contains 8.3 MILLION pixels in total.  The spec are 2,160 X 3,840 pixel resolution.  To simply what this means think of it this way:  

*For every ONE pixel on a 1080 HD TV screen, there are FOUR pixels that fit into that same space (the one pixel) on a 4K UHD Television.  That sums it up!  By adding 4 more pixels inside a typical 1080Hd  one pixel of resolution, they are increasing quality by four times!  4K Tvs should produce a picture image that is 4 times better than 1080HD.  

Of course, this is not always the case because there are many other factors that come into play when it comes to your final 4K image.  Whether the film was mastered using 4K camera equipment or not, is one of those relevant questions.


 4K UHD term          

Full Array Local Dimming   (FALD)


High Dynamic Range  (HDR)



Wide Color Gamut  (WCG)

wide color gamut information                      wcg

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These are the main basic terms above that will help to inform you while making purchase decisions for 4K equipment (TVs, Players, Cameras).

Is this all way too much technical detail for you?  Well, US too!  You really do not need to know all of the above.  However, you should understand the basics if you plan to upgrade your television.

Most importantly, know that 4K Ultra HD TVs are replacing 1080 HD TVs entirely.  Most of what is being sold today is 4K TVs.  The good news is that 4K is NOT new anymore.  4K TVs have been on shelves for over 5 years now.

That means the prices are way, way down.  Actually, the price of a 4K TV  (most any of them) is now equal to the price of a new 1080 HD TV.  Therefore, it makes NO SENSE to buy another 1080 HD TV when you can upgrade to a ‘killer’, most stunning and mind blowing 4K TV on the planet!

Click on any of our AMAZON links and go see what we are talking about.  Read the honest Amazon reviews within the particular 4K TV product you are interested in.  You cannot go wrong with any new 4K TV.



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