Everything about the next HD

Full HD isn't the ultimate resolution anymore. Televisions have moved on, to greater and better resolutions. 4K, for the lack of content at present, is supposed to become the standard for Blu-ray discs and even for HD channels broadcasts, at some point of time. Let us run you through what 4K is all about.

What is 4K
The term 4K denotes a very specific resolution - 4096x2160 pixels, to be precise. This is the set resolution for anything that is recorded as true 4K content. Some people refer to any content with around 4000 horizontal pixels as 5K but that is strictly not true.

Is it the new Full HD?
Well, your Full HD TV has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Along the way, silently, Ultra HD TVs came along with the resolution of 3840x2160 pixels. The 4K resolution display will have four times the total number of pixels on a 1920x1080p display.

Can any TV be 4K?
 No, the answer is that simple. Which is why, companies are spending a lot of money on making new 4K TVs.

So, can I buy a 4K TV?
Sony kicked it off with the mammoth like 84-inch 84X9005. This TV costs more than
$25,000 in the US. The company recently launched 65-inch and 55-inch versions for affordable costs (and definitely that's too is not affordable by all). LG got into the game as well, with the 84-inch HD 3D TV.
At the moment, unless you have a lot of spare cash lying around, that you desperately need splurge on, 4K TVs deserve the waiting game.

Where do I get the 4K content?
This is where things get tricky. With such a huge boost in the resolution, any existing 1080p content will also look weird on a 4K TV, no matter if somehow even upscaled to that resolution.
This brings us to the question of native 4K content. Yes, Sony is now selling the FMP-X1 4K media player for around US $800 in the U.S, with some content preloaded. The device has a 2TB built-in hard drive and web connectivity. The service that Sony is talking about, the Sony Video Unlimited 4K, is supposed to be rolled out later this year, and is expected to refresh the 4K movies and TV show line-up regularly. However, keeping the kind of broadband speeds most of us get here, we won't even dare consider downloading a 4K movie, if this service wwere to launch in Nepal in the near furture.
Alternatively, this content will also cost a considerable amount of money. It will not come cheap, with prices being quoted ranging aroung $30-$40 for buying a 4K movie in 4K discs

When will TV channels become 4K?
That is still quite some distance away. After the first 4K TVs from Sony and LG were unveiled late last year, a couple of channels did go live, one in Europe and one in South Korea. But at the moment, thats pretty much it. Most broadcasters expect them to start beaming before 2014, actually 2015 to be realstic. The FIFA 2014 World Cup  Final from Brazil is scheduled to get a 4K broadcast in Japan, but that is more the "on-demand" broadcast.


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