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4K TV - The Ultra HD Television

May 31st, 2013

The 4K or Ultra HD Television is the latest installment of higher technology now reaching the masses.  Originally priced at a staggering $20,000, major players such as Sony, LG, and Toshiba are lowering the price point to the $5,000-$7,000 price range to appeal to more ultimate consumers.

Is 4K TV for me?

Now that the prices are more affordable to the general public, does it now make sense to jump on this purchase?  When comparing Sony’s offerings, their 4K television is still more than double the price of most of their 1080p HDTV’s of similar size.  Furthermore, the advantages of the 4K TV may be redundant whereas resolution increases, the benefits can only be noticed by increasing viewing distance and screen size respectively.  Simply put, unless you’re going to be purchasing a 4K TV in 90” or greater, all the extra pixels will most likely be lost.

When will it be usable?

Now salesman will always try and entice you with the “The quality and picture are significantly better” or “There’s nothing else out there in the market today with this caliber resolution”.  While this is absolutely true, what’s the point of getting such a great television, if there isn’t anything to watch on your 4K TV?  Content is a major problem that manufacturers are scrambling to solve.  Sony recently announced that they will be releasing a 4K media player (MSRP $699) to sync up to Sony’s on demand move download service.  However, the price of content is still unknown, as well as the Fall 2013 release dates.

In Summary

For now, we can think of the 4K TV as the future of television.  After all that is where technology is headed.  It’s safe to say that the technology is quite impressive, but until we can effectively watch television and/movies with noticeable features, we should save this as a future purchase.

Pictured: LG's 84LM9600 84 inch 4K TV - Photo Credit & More Information