THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO NEXT-GEN TV TECH
Stepping up to Ultra High Definition
4K is simply four times the picture quality of 1080p Full HD
There you were, getting comfortable with your Full HD set-up, admiring the clean picture edges and lack of motion blur, and revelling in the pleasure of watching your favourite shows in the crystal clarity of 1080p. You were happy. en one day, you walked past your high-street electrical retailer and saw the future as it really is… It was like putting on glasses for the first time and realising your eyesight was actually terrible.
e TV screen in the window was showing the same programmes you’d been watching, but something was different. No, everything was different. at’s the power of 4K and the reason everything else now just looks ‘faux K’.
4K has been the biggest buzzword in TV technology for the past few years, but it’s now picking up a huge amount of pace. Every manufacturer is producing its own 4K set, and more and more streaming services and traditional entertainment providers and hardware developers are excitedly getting behind the new format.
No one really expected 4K to move this fast. It comes relatively soon after the world and its wife bought into the idea of Full HD and Blu-ray, so analysts expected the adoption of 4K to be a slow process. ey were wrong, though, and there are two reasons for this: price and content. But before we dive into those areas, here’s a little bit of science.
4K is simply four times the picture quality of 1080p Full HD, which means you get eight million pixels for your money,