Proposed specifications for an even better High Definition TV have been around forever. Advanced science and space companies even have had these displays custom built for them to make their monitoring and display units even better. Film and movies have been recorded in 4K for some time now. Digital media gets a couple of advantages, higher resolution video for editing and manipulation and anticipation for future growth of media outlets. You wonder how old movies are touched up and re-released in Blue-Ray? It’s because in many cases, the originating recording sources are recorded on much higher detail levels, the films can be remastered.
Back to TV’s now, we’ve seen the fights between the new 3D, which I despise, and LED, which I think is wonderful, yet I still don’t own an LED TV. LCD’s are thin enough. We’ve also seen the “Extremely Large” 70+ inch TV’s that are hitting the market. Even as large as 104 inches, which is unbelievable. But with these sizes, we again can start to see the pixelation on a 1920×1080 still image. If we look close enough, we can see the individual color block in which builds pixels and resolution. And obviously with motion and moving video, this is tougher to see, as we endeavour to use our HDTV’s and UDTV’s as Mac and PC screens, we quickly pick up that 1920×1080 is not enough for anything larger than 70 inches.
What now? Ultra HD Television (UDTV). If you look, UDTV has two main specifications, a 4K and an 8K, we are now exponentially growing our resolution sizes to allow for much more crisp displays, especially for larger displays.
UDTV: 4K – 3840 × 2160 or 4096×2160
UDTV: 8K – 7680 × 4320
LG just released an 84-inch UDTV which is going for $17,000. You might think, wow… that is a lot for a TV, but figure if you have seen people pay $5K even today for large LED screens, it’s not a far shot, and prices are sure to drop as more get introduced. This UDTV from LG is LED also, which makes it super thin and super light. And don’t worry, they threw in 3D at no additional charge. Ha!
It’s amazing to see where these things are going. You see retina displays at a whopping 2880×1800 on a 15-inch screen. Or more realistically a Dell UltraSharp WQHD at a resolution of 2560 x 1440 spanned across 27-inches. How many pixels per inch are realistic? You tell me how much you want to squint to read that Courier New size 10px font on the screen.
Beware, they mess up a few of the facts on this video, but this is the 84-inch 4K UDTV at CES
And here is the 70-inch 4K UDTV at CES