The future of TVs

Created date

June 29th, 2015
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These days, keeping up with consumer electronic trends seems almost impossible, especially when it comes to televisions. You get your new TV set up, and it already feels like it’s out of date.  

Here are two trends you should know about before you purchase your next television.  

What is 4K?

One trend to watch this year is 4K, or UHD (ultimate high definition) resolution. As HD did about a decade ago, 4K is expected to become the new viewing standard. 4K is any resolution greater than 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, roughly triple that of HD, which has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.  

4K was first introduced into the consumer marketplace in 2012 and was met with skeptical reviews. Critics of 4K were quick to point out the lack of content available for the new medium. To date, 4K is generally only available through streaming services such as Netflix or Amazon Prime. 

Another criticism of 4K is that the human eye has a finite resolution. Will you really be able to tell the difference between 4K and HD? Quality differences will most likely not be visible on smaller TVs or from more than 8 feet away.  However, in the past year, manufacturers have made great strides in developing sets that can produce a bigger color palette with increased brightness and luminosity. These upgrades can produce a picture comparable to screens at the movie cinema.  

But this new technology is still expensive. Depending on the size and brand, a 4K ultra high definition set will probably set you back around $1,000–$3,000. 

Curved TVs         

If you’ve been shopping for a new television, you may have noticed that many manufacturers are now offering curved TVs. Is this just a manufacturer’s gimmick or does having a curved set actually provide a better viewing experience?  

All curved TVs come equipped with 4K technology and are said to offer a more immersive viewing experience. The curved edges of the television set attempt to replicate the real world to take advantage of the eye’s ability to see peripherally. The curved screen also produces images that appear sharper; however, this phenomenon only applies to very large screens.  

Some experts haven’t come around to curved TVs yet. Opponents cite that in order to get the full effects, you need to be sitting in just the right viewing spot.  This also means that if you are sitting at a severe angle to the screen, images will start to appear distorted. Light and glare can also be exacerbated and distorted more than on a traditional flat screen.  

Televisions are improving in quality and dropping in price every day. With a little research, you’ll be able to find the right set at the right price.