Remember when HDTV’s were all the rage? Well there’s a new kind of TV that’s ready to steal its thunder. Experts predict that 4K TVs will be in 50% of North American households by 2024. Falling prices and an overall better viewing experience are what make 4K TV’s a hot ticket item.
What is 4K?
4K refers to the TV’s resolution. The display is made up of 3840 X 2160 pixels which is four times more than full HD. This gives the images on your screen a more crisp, life-like feel. You’ll see sharper lines, brighter colors and more details when watching your favorite shows. If you’re looking for an excuse to get the biggest TV you can find, this is it. The picture quality only gets more impressive as the screen size increases. You can also sit closer to the TV without seeing those annoying little grids across the screen.
Back in 2013, the going rate for a 65-inch 4K TV was around $6,000. As more manufacturers have jumped on the 4K bandwagon, the prices have tumbled dramatically. These days, you can snag a TV of the same size for under $1,000. Talk about a huge price difference! Obviously, the price will vary depending on the brand but it’s gotten a lot easier to find one that fits your budget.
One of the biggest complaints about the TV has been the lack of actual 4K content but that’s starting to change. Both DISH and DIRECTV have recently begun offering 4K programming. Even if you have a different service provider, the TV will still make your existing channels look way better than they did in full HD. Plus, most of the 4K TV’s on the market already come with built-in streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon and YouTube to help pick up the slack. If that’s not enough for your viewing pleasure, you can also use a 4K Blu-ray player or an Xbox One S to watch newly released 4K DVD’s.