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Australian T3 - - FRONT PAGE - Words: Marc Chacks­field

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,

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