This is a common question asked by many consumers. Most people do not yet know what “4K is or what it means. We are here to provide an accurate answer to these questions.
The fastest way to explain “4” is by saying that 4K is the technology of a flat panel television that is replacing the 1080 HD Televisions. Just like HD-High Definition replaced SD-Standard Definition, so is UHD- Ultra High Definition(4K) replacing 1080 HD.
The label “4” related to the 4000 pixels contained in it resolution. To be exact, a 4K TV contains FOUR times as many pixels in it than a 1080 HD TV.
That is all 4K is! It is NOT some special, exotic type of equipment that only the rich people buy as a ‘toy’ or something. A 4K Ultra HD TV is the type of television that all of us will own sometime in the near future. When your 1080 HD TV goes out on you,…you will be upgrading to a 4K UHD TV. Most of what you see advertised today are 4K UHD TVs. Merchants usually do not market 1080 HD TVs anymore because they know that 4K is replacing 1080 HD TVs.
This is good news! Very good news, because 4K is special as far as its resolution goes. It is FOUR times better in overall picture quality. Having FOUR times as many pixels in its resolution than a 1080 HD TV makes a HUGE difference in the quality of the picture image.
Back in 2012, scientists at SONY figured out a way to squeeze four tiny little pixels into what would be equal to the size of one pixel in a 1080 HD Television. Sony pioneered this 4K technology, however most of the large TV manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Vizio make high quality resolution 4K TVs and we would recommend anyone one of them to you. We just prefer Sony since they were the ones who did pioneer this 4K technology.
In case you are wondering,…a “pixel” is known as a tiny little space that contains date or the information needed to produce color, contract, sharpness, depth etc.
Here is a more detailed & technical description of what a “pixel” below:
(it is important to know this since it directly relates to 4K)
“The term “pixel” is actually short for “Picture Element.” These small little dots are what make up the images on computer displays, whether they are flat-screen (LCD) or tube (CRT) monitors. The screen is divided up into a matrix of thousands or even millions of pixels. Typically, you cannot see the individual pixels, because they are so small. This is a good thing, because most people prefer to look at smooth, clear images rather than blocky, “pixelated” ones. However, if you set your monitor to a low resolution, such as 640×480 and look closely at your screen, you will may be able to see the individual pixels. As you may have guessed, a resolution of 640×480 is comprised of a matrix of 640 by 480 pixels, or 307,200 in all. That’s a lot of little dots.
Each pixel can only be one color at a time. However, since they are so small, pixels often blend together to form various shades and blends of colors. The number of colors each pixel can be is determined by the number of bits used to represent it. For example, 8-bit color allows for 2 to the 8th, or 256 colors to be displayed. At this color depth, you may be able to see “graininess,” or spotted colors when one color blends to another. However, at 16, 24, and 32-bit color depths, the color blending is smooth and, unless you have some kind of extra-sensory vision capability, you should not see any graininess.”
A 4K Ultra HD TV is no different than a 1080 HD TV. They both look the same and are flat panel televisions. They can both be hung on a wall or over a fire-place. Today, the price of a 4K TV is no different from the price of a 1080 HD TV. Of course, this was not always the case. When 4K TVs first hit the shelves back in 2013, the prices were sky-high. However, this is normal for any new technology.
Many consumers opted to wait until the prices dropped before upgrading to 4K. However, in 2017 prices are now at levels that consumers can expect to pay. Manufacturers purposely lowered prices in order to speed up the upgrading process for their customers. They placed 4K prices at the same level as 1080 HD TVs.
This way its a ‘no-brainer’. If you have to decide between a new 1080 HD TV or a 4K UHD TV which would you choose? The obvious answer would be to choose the latest, greatest TV technology which is the 4K Ultra HD TV.
Over the past few years, other consumers were worried about the amount of 4K content available. They said they could not justify buying a 4K TV until there were more 4K movies and shows to watch. This concept was debatable back in 2013-2016.
For example, we bought our first Sony 4K Ultra HD 65-inch SMART television on Amazon back in 2014. Yes, we paid a steep price since this technology was still very new. Prices had not come down much yet. But, after seeing a 4K demo in a store, we just had to have it! the picture image we saw was so real looking that it blew our minds.
Well, I should say that it blew my mind. My wife was impressed, but not with the price. I guess she ‘chose her battle’ and I won this debate. We saved about $300 by shopping on Amazon. It was delivered within 2 days and the shippers even carried it into our family room and unboxed it. I have a bad shoulder and cannot life anything. (Well, I think I can lift anything, however this is a battle that I will never win with the wife. I am not suppose to lift anything, so I don’t).
At the very least, buying our Sony 4K TV was extremely convenient on Amazon.com. We highly recommend using Amazon to research and purchase your first 4K UHD TV. We must not be the only ones suggesting Amazon. If you watch the news lately, you would have seen that many brick & mortar stores are closing down. They are going out of business or reducing certain branches.
This is directly caused by the fact that consumers are now shopping online more than ever before! WHY? See Below:
BENEFITS OF SHOPPING AT AMAZON.com —
- LARGEST SELECTION OF 4K ULTRA HD TVs
- LOWEST PRICES
- BEST SPECIALS & DEALS
- FREE SHIPPING
- 2 – DAY, FAST SHIPPING
- GUARANTEED, SAFE SHIPPING of 4K UHD TVs
- CONVENIENCE – Home Delivery; Avoid Annoying Sales People in-store.
These are just a few of the benefits of shopping at Amazon. Please use our convenient links within this Post and throughout our site www.4KADVICE.com to get to Amazon.com. You will be glad that you did because of the cost-savings.
Now that we know that prices are the same for a 4K UHD TV as they are for a 1080 HD TV today, let’s talk about content. Content refers to the movies & TV shows that you watch.
It is really simple. It all comes down to how the movie or show was filmed. Did producers use a 2K camera system or a 4K camera system. This refers to the resolution that the cameras capture. 4K cameras are fairly new. They came out about the same time as 4K TVs back in 2012. At the commercial level, 4K cameras are expensive. This is why producers and movie-makers have been slow to switch over to 4K. However, they are doing so more and more every month.
Many of the newest movies and shows are being filmed using 4K cameras. This is what gives us real or native 4K content. These are the best to watch and give you the most benefit out of your new 4K TV.
There is also what is called Fake 4K. Its really not ‘fake’ per say, but these movies and shows are NOT full 4K resolution because they were not mastered (filmed) using 4K cameras. Instead, they were shot using 2K camera systems and then digitally enhanced to fill the extra pixels found in a 4K TV. This is called UPSCALING or UPCONVERTING. These both mean the same thing.
Movie producers are taking older films and UPSCALING them from 2K-1080 HD to a much higher pixel resolution. However, they are not real 4K. Instead, the producers just label them as “4K UHD”. They are indeed a higher quality picture than what they were filmed in – 1080 HD or 720 HD. But, just not the best, full 4K.
We provide all people who own 4K TVs a very helpful link called “REAL or FAKE 4K“. It is good to know the difference between these Real, Native 4K films and the ones that were 1080 HD films but then upscaled to be called “4K”. This will help you avoid frustration.
Many consumers who purchased a 4K TV have become disappointed when they watch a “4K UHD” labeled movie, but the picture image was not as good as they expected on their new 4K TV. This is probably because they watched an UPSCALED movie instead of a real 4K movie that was filmed using 4K cameras. They most likely did not know that there is a difference. That’s what we 4KADVICE.com are here for!
To find out which movies and shows are REAL or FAKE 4K just click the link above and read our Post. We provide you with a database of films. This way you can know exactly what you are watching on your new 4K Ultra HD TV.
We hope that we have provided you the basics of “4K”. The main point is that prices are way down and there is plenty of 4K content to watch. More and more 4K movies and shows are released every month. More and more producers are filming movies and shows using 4K cameras. It is exciting to think about what the future holds as far as 4K TV broadcasting and additional 4K content.
Please use our helpful Amazon links. At Amazon, it is helpful to read honest & real reviews from other purchasers who bought the same 4K TV that you are interested in. Customers are always the most honest about the product. You can’t get this in the store.
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