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What are 4K TVs?

Updated on November 17, 2013

So you want to buy a new television, and see something about 4K TVs, but are put off by their high price tag.

What is so special about 4k television? What is it?

If you have a spare $25,000 you could find out.

The super rich of the world have already bought theirs, and are now watching television with a clarity never before seen.

Currently, only Sony are selling them, and with an 84" screen. You will need a big room to watch a screen this size in comfort.

The screen resolution is 4 times as sharp as the current high definition televisions, and they come with loads of extra and hi-tech extras only before dreamt of in fertile imaginations.

4k TV specs

  • Definition 4 times higher than HD
  • 8 million pixels
  • 60º viewing angle
  • Features 3D technology
  • Voice-activated and motion controls (so no need for a remote control unit)
  • Comes with 5 pairs of discreet 3D glasses
  • While wearing the glasses, two separate movies can be watched at once
  • Can be connected to the internet
  • Can convert ordinary TVs into 3D
  • Advanced picture processing converts individual pixels into a higher resolution
  • 16 times more picture clarity than an ordinary television

Disadvantage of 4K TV

The most obvious disadvantage of the 4k TV is that few broadcasters are prepared for it.

Therefore, what you can watch in the highest possibly resolution is severely limited until program makers bring out more content in 4k.

That said, its ability to greatly increase the clarity, color and contrast of existing televisions means that you can watch videos, cable, TV productions and even games in near-cinematic Imax quality.

Even low resolution video clips taken on smartphones looking stunning!

Sony 4K V
Sony 4K V

What is the future of 4K TVs?

In the summer of 2013, smaller 4k TVs are expected to reach the market.


The 60" and 65" screens will hopefully become more affordable to all, making the possibility of more homes being able to watch 4K television.


Mass production and sales will lead to not only cheaper prices, but the availability of media that can be played to its maximum potential will be released.


In turn, this will lead to a reduction in price of the existing 3D and HD televisions, which, up until now, have tended to be on the expensive side for most household budgets.


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