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The New Year promises be the year for Ultra High Definition (UHD) TVs, also called 4K TV and. UHD TVs offering 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution. Such is the hype that market research company Display Search projects sales of UHDs will jump to 12.7 million from 1.9 million last year.
So what you expect in idiot box this year. If interested than read ahead.
Throwing a Curve
TV makers have curved more expensive (and more profitable) UHDs to differentiate them from standard HDTVs.
The curved TVs actually diminish off-angle viewing. They are also difficult or even impossible to mount on a wall.
21:9 Is the New Wide
Leading the curved UHD pack are TVs from LG and Samsung. Each company has already announced 105-inch, extra-wide 5120 x 2160 pixel, 21:9 aspect ratio UHD monsters touted as the largest curved TV ever made. But what is 21:9?
A 21:9 UHD screen more closely matches today’s 1.85:1 motion picture widescreen film shape. If you are movie aficionado or are purchasing a TV to be able to browse the web on the same screen at the same time, this is the size that will suit your needs.
LED LCD vs. OLED
There are two types of UHD technologies: current LED LCD displays and new OLED (organic light emitting display). Unlike LED LCD, each pixel in an OLED display is self-illuminating. When a pixel is black, such as in a dark scene, it’s actually off, which means it’s totally dark. OLED UHDs display brighter, more colorful images, a difference easily seen side by side with an LED LCD UHD. OLEDs also are far thinner — a mere 4mm.
Thankfully, not all UHDs (whether LED LCD or OLED) will be curved. They will be compatible with future 4K content. Sony launched its 4K streaming service for buyers of its 4K UHDs and its FMP-X1 media streamer ($700), last year.
“So what the idiot box is set for a revolution. Pick up your favourite one.”