Now that consumers are well aware of High Definition TVs and getting used to the excellent picture quality of 1080p video, the TV industry is introducing yet another enhancement to picture quality. This time, it is called Ultra HD TV.
There are 2 different version of Ultra HD, one previously known as 4K and the other previously known as 8K. The native resolution of 4K is 3840 x 2160p, (8.3 megapixels) and 4 times the resolution of the current 1080p HD standard 1920x1080p (2.1 megapixels). The native resolution of 8K is a whopping 7680 x 4320 (33.2 megapixels) or 16 times the current 1080p HDTV video.
I am sure it will take time for film makers to shoot UltraHD 4K or 8K content. The infrastructure as well as consumer adoption will take years to mature. Certainly, lot of existing HD content will likely be remastered in Ultra HD first followed by really big budget native UltraHD movies.
I guess consumers didn’t accept 3D-TV, so they are trying to win them with UltraHD. There will always be something new to look forward to. What would that be in the future? Only time will tell.
- Hands on with Sony’s 84-inch Ultra HD TV (news.consumerreports.org)
- Are Ultra HD TVs worth the money? Consumer Reports says not yet (abclocal.go.com)
- Sony’s 4K UltraHD TVs plummet in price, but content still scarce (arstechnica.com)