If you’ve been hearing the buzz lately about the 2012 TV lineup, you’ve probably heard of 4K resolution. Manufacturers are scrambling to get these products together to deliver them to this summer’s market. Are they going to be worth the effort? Will you need to own a 4K resolution TV set?
Do you need that many pixels?
Right now, the content is not available for a 4K TV resolution. Currently Blu-Ray and HD broadcasts use high definition that is available as high definition (720p), interlaced (1080i) and progressive (1080p). Most DVDs and TV programs are still standard definition encoded (480 lines).
When you’re looking into the future, however, things change. Blu-ray will be updated to 4K with the BDP-S790 and the first 4K movie to be released is expected to be the “Spiderman Reboot”. Once this Blu-ray upgrade is available, many consumers will be anxious to get it into their home.
This new resolution value is going to replace the current 1080i/p as the largest signal for resolution available. The biggest sets available right now have 1,920 by 1,080 pixels and the newer models will have 4000 x 2000 pixels. This is basically four times the amount of pixels.
What 4K means to 3-D presentations
This new 4K resolution is expected to increase the quality of 3-D performance without the need for active or passive glasses. This passive display will allow the TV to deliver a full 1080p to both of the viewer’s eyes. This should bring 3-D presentation up to a brand-new level.
LG, Toshiba and Sony
Sony announced that it would be introducing a projector for home theaters but they have not made it available through its doors or its website. Instead, the company has decided to directly sell the product to custom installers. As well, JVC has stated that they are working on projectors that will bring 1080p content up to 4K but are currently not able to show native content in 4K.
Toshiba will probably be the first TV on the market that will use 4K resolution that offers 3-D without glasses. LG will be fast on its heels shortly afterwards with the release of its new 84-inch ultra-definition model. This promises to be an exiting year for new and improved TV technology.
4K in the future
A 4K resolution TV will make a difference on the viewing quality of a movie based on the film’s format. Once this higher resolution arrives on the market, it is expected that movie formats will be making the move to keep up with the demand for better quality. After that, the market may be flooded with 4k ready movies.
If you’re getting prepared for the 4K resolution you’ll have to hold onto your hats and get ready for the 8K, as industry manufacturers have put together one prototype so far to boost the limit even further. This 8K won’t see the light of day for a while, however, so get used to 4K for now. It’s coming and it will be arriving very shortly.
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