What The Heck Is A UHD TV?
I am sure you have begun hearing these words spoken, or you have seen them in Ads or on TV. Many people still do not know what “4K” is or what it means. We are here to resolve this quickly & easily.
Basically, a 4K Ultra High Definition Television is what is replacing a 1080 HD TV. Trust us, this is a good thing.
A 4K TV is NOT some kind of exotic toy that only the rich buy because its too expensive. On the contrar, all 4K TVs today are nearly priced the same as any new 1080 HD TV.
In the past, we have explained exactly what 4K is by providing our Readers with a detailed Post called:
Once again, we are now explaining what “UHD” is within this post. The thing to remember is that they are BOTH the same exact thing. UHD ⇒ “Ultra High Definition” means 4K and 4K means UHD.
We started with HD- High Definition back in year 2000 and now we have “Ultra” being added to the words “High Definition” mainly because UHD contains FOUR times as many pixels in its resolution than what a 1080 HD TV contains. This makes it truly ULTRA!
Here are some other words used to describe this same exact type of television in order for you to avoid any confusion:
- 4K Ultra HD TV
- 4K TV
- 4K UHD TV
- 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range)
- UHD TV
Therefore, much of the information is the same in this post as it is in “What is a 4K TV“. If it seems monotonous, that is because it is.
However, we are providing both Posts because some newbies might read one and not the other. We are here to educate and inform all people about this 4K technology and by being thorough we are accomplishing our goals as an information organization.
We are getting this question a lot in the comments section. Let’s get off to a great start and address this right now! For starters, this is nothing to think of as ‘complex’.
Technically, it might be complex, but all you need to know as a consumer is that 4K UHD simply refers to the amount of resolution the TV contains. When talking about televisions, the resolution is:
The resolution of a television is the number of pixels
in each dimension that the TV can display natively.
The higher the resolution, the more details the picture has. The resolution is not the only factor in picture quality. There are many additional elements to picture quality….like HDR – High Resolution Range.
HDR has to do with the color gamut on the screen. However, as an educated consumer, it is safe for you to assume that RESOLUTION is the most important and labeled factor when it comes to purchasing a TV.
HDR is another entire Post that you can read for a higher education. It is good to know that HDR is a feature in a 4K TV that is recent (within past 2 years). The good news is that all 4K TVs now contain HDR standard.
Learn More About HDR By Clicking Here ⇒ HDR Explained
You can watch media that is not in the TV’s native resolution. However, watching content in a lower resolution than the TV will not increase the quality. As a matter of fact, you will lose detail if you watch 1080p content on a 720p TV.
Learn more about Upconverting/Upscaling.
We will not overcome you with the details about upconverting a.k.a. upscaling right now.
However, you should be aware of the basics while doing your homework before buying a new 4K UHD TV.
Upscaling is a common specification when it comes to today’s 4K TVs on the market.
This is a major benefit to consumers! Most TVs today will be able to upscale. Believe me, this is a plus!
Because most of what you watch on a 4K Television will be in HD- High Definition.
In order to do upscaling the film must be at least HD quality. The fact that most 4K TVs do upscaling is justification enough to upgrade to 4K. Most of what you watch is going to look much better than it did in its original format (720 or 1080 HD).
When it comes to a 4K TV, upscaling is:
Upscaling/ Upconverting Converts Low
Resolution Material Into A Higher Definition
Or, at least that is what it is purported to do anyway. It’s just one of the common terms you need to know before buying your next 4K television, or any device that supports upscaling, like a Blu-ray player.
The reason why upscaling is important is because it gives you a much nicer picture image quality.
In order for upscaling to take place within your televisions computer system the original picture image that you are watching must be at least 1080 or 720 HD.
In other words, you cannot upconvert an SD (Standard Definition image).
Your 4K TV will automatically upscale the HD movie or TV show without you even knowing. This is not something where you need to mess with settings or click a button.
Now, back to 4K. We like to give this example when it comes to explaining what a 4K TV is.
It is nothing different than what your current 1080HD TV other than the fact that the picture image quality on a 4K TV is much, much better than any 1080 or 720HD television.
In a nutshell, you are able to watch movies and TV shows with a significantly better picture overall.
This means sharper, crisper, better colors, deeper blacks, real looking images.
A 4K image is so good that it makes you feel like you are right there live on the scene with the actors.
Or, better yet, 4K picture images make it appear like you are looking through a window at the live scene on the display.
Like you are there, OR the actors are real and standing in your family room!
Let’s say that a typical 1080HD TV (the majority of households own mostly 1080HD televisions. As of late 2016, LESS than 10% of consumers own a 4K UHD TV), has ONE pixel of resolution.
A pixel is a tiny little box within the display that contains data and information.
This data is the color, brightness, clarity. Its what you actually see. Except, there isn’t just ONE pixel on a 1080 TV, but thousands put together to give you one stable flowing picture image.
This is what you watch…this is your movie taking place in your family room.
To recap, an Ultra High Definition (UHD) Television is a 4K television. A 4K TV is an UHD TV. The final label given to this technology that you will see on store shelves and online is: ” 4K Ultra HD TV “.
With 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) (this is the same as saying “4K”), tech designers have figured out a way to squeeze FOUR (4) tiny, tiny little additional pixels inside ONE 1080hd pixel.
Let’s say that again in different words. If you purchase a 4K TV which we highly encourage you do to replace your 1080HD, the resolution is going to be four times better overall than 1080HD.
This is because inside a 4K TV they strategically inserted 4 more pixels inside ONE 1080HD TV pixel.
This means you are getting four times the color, four times the clarity, four times the data and information which ultimately brings you four times overall better picture image quality.
It Is Simply Incredible When You See Your First UHD 4K Television or Movie
Check Out What A UHD TV Is By Going To Your Local Electronics Store
It is a great idea to go to your local electronics store and ask a salesman to show you an example of what a 4K UHD native movie or TV show looks like on a 4K TV.
Tell them you are wanting to see how much better 4K is than your 1080HD TV. You will NOT be let down.
You will be amazed and want to purchase a 4K UHD television on the spot. At least, this is what happened to us when we saw our very first 4K native movie on a 4K TV set.
We immediately began researching exactly what 4K was and who made the best 4K televisions.
Unfortunately, we could NOT find much helpful information about 4K online anywhere. This was frustrating! This is exactly why we decided to create www.4KADVICE.com informational website.
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For over a decade now, we have been using the term “HD” or High Definition. As you can remember, we were all forced to upgrade from Standard Definition ( SD ) to HD.
This was a pleasant adjustment to our TV watching lives because it made the picture image so much better than SD. Within HD, we have several levels of resolution. 720 and 1080 are the most common.
Still today, the majority of network programming that we watch on television is in HD (either 720 or 1080). Along with this, about 90% of all households own HD televisions.
Less than 25% of consumers have upgraded to a 4K Ultra HD Television. This is going to change drastically as we watch 4K TV prices plummet! They have already dropped significantly since 2014.
By year 2020, every single household in the United States will own at least one 4K TV.
CLICK HERE TO: LEARN MORE ABOUT HD, FULL HD and ULTRA HD
For example, we purchased our first 4K SONY TV in 2014 for $2,890. Today, this same TV is $1,400 on AMAZON. That is a hugmongo drop in price, and YES, we should have waited for prices to come down.
This is not the first time that technology has experienced major price drops in new technology as time moves forward.
Going from SD to HD experienced similar trends in the market. The point is that NOW is the time to start buying 4K UHD TVs. The prices are low enough and the technology is stable and quite amazing.
Actually, manufacturers have lowered the cost of a 4K Ultra HD Television to be closer to the cost of a 1080 HD TV. No joke! 4K TVs are prices about the same as 1080 HD TVs. What are you waiting for?
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- SELECTION: Amazon has the largest, most extensive selection of 4K UHD televisions, 4K Blu-ray Players, 4K cameras & 4K video recorders in the world.
- PRICE: Amazon boasts some of the lowest, best deals on 4K products online. Period. We have compared and this holds true to this very day. We provide you only the best deal and bottom line prices at 4K ADVICE.COM
- SHIPPING GUARANTEE: When it comes to shipping and transporting a massive, fragile television set…you need only the most professional & experienced. This is Amazon.
- CONVENIENCE: There is nothing better than having a large, fragile item, like a 4K TV, be delivered right into your family room. The shippers even unboxed it for us because I have a injured shoulder and cannot lift anything. That is convenience!
Amazon also offers another great service. For only $126 you can request an expert installation wall mount. You select this option at the time you place your new 4K Ultra HD TV in the cart to be ready for purchase.
This is a reasonably price considering the fact that you want your new 4K TV hung the right way and in the right place.
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