4K, also known as UHD is a picture technology that is four times the number of pixels found in a full HD picture. Even some time back, 4K UHD TVs were a big deal. It came with a super expensive price tag, that made most people turn their heads away from it. Also, 4K content was surprisingly less which made it pointless for people to own it. But things have changed for the better now as companies like Amazon and Netflix have come up with a lot of 4K content. They’ve been gradually adding 4K movies and shows to their streaming video services over the last few years, and their increasing range of original content has been primarily produced and distributed in 4K.
Netflix provides a subscription on-demand service currently and has a rapidly increasing library full of TV series and movies that can be streamed in 4K for a nominal amount. Tv series includes shows like Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Marco Polo and The Blacklist. UHD films include The Amazing Spider-Man, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Jerry Maguire, among others. Apart from these, a few nature documentaries are also found on it. If you want to get the most out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you’ll want a 4K TV with Netflix, because shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones were released in 4K, and more are on the way.
Amazon Prime Instant Video also offers some 4K content free of charge, including original Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, Extant, and Transparent, though only on select TV sets from Sony, LG and Samsung.
Leaving these two aside is the main source of 4K, which is of course the internet! You can find a lot of 4K content on YouTube and a handful of dedicated 4K sites such as hd-trailers.net and demo-uhd3d.com. These can be downloaded and then transferred to USB drives, and played directly into your TV.
But let us be absolutely honest in making it clear that as of now, you will not find much broadcast, cable, or satellite TV live in 4K yet, neither has the market for Ultra HD Blu-ray discs warmed up. But it is absolutely certain that a 4K TV you buy today will be ready for an even greater rollout of 4K content in the future. Considering its HDMI 2.0 standard, currently available 4K TVs can accept 4K signals at 60 frames per second from any compatible video source. That means when your cable box or Blu-ray player step up to 4K, your 4K TV will be prepared for it.
And even if these points do not convince you enough, let me tell you that a lot of your 1080p content will simply look better on a 4K screen. All 4K TVs upconvert lower resolution video signals to fit the higher display resolution, and every major TV manufacturer has been working to make that upconversion look good. Though it will not look as good as native but it’ll at least look sharper on the new screen.
So with one of the major problems solved, let us shed some light on the pricing issue. Though companies like Sony, Samsung, LG and other popular brands are still quite expensive to afford, smaller brands like Sharp/Hisense and Vizio have shown that large, affordable 4K TVs can be your new reality. It has all major functions present in them and performs really well. So if you are one of those, who can compromise on how good the TV looks on your drawing room walls, then 4K televisions will not burn a huge hole in your pocket.
So if you are looking for upgrading your television, you should definitely consider buying one of these giants, as obviously they are future proof and will save the hassle of replacing your television again when 4K content seizes the world. But it is still not an essential gadget to own and might not be so for quite a few years. And finally, for those of you who have already invested their huge chunks of money in one of these, we have good news for you. The industry seems not immune to the realisation that they need 4K content to push the beautiful TV displays they are showing off and soon shall come up with more 4K stuff.