4K TV Sets Are Still Not an Efficient Purchase

4K TV Sets

While offering four times the pixel density compared to standard 1080p displays, the 4k TV sets are still ridiculously expensive for many people. Quite recently, Samsung introduced the 85” S9 4k TV set, which is sold for a whopping $39,999.

On average, 4k TV sets are available for between $20,000 and $25,000. While 4k panels look impressive, the technology is still far from real commercial use. As a comparison, a 65” Plasma TV now costs less than $3,500, a relatively small price to pay as users also get deep black levels and great image details.

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The Form Factor of 4k TV Will be a Huge Drawback

4K TVHDTV sets are hugely successful, but a closer look tells us that people are not really interested with the improved resolution. HDTV sets looks nice on a stand or on the well. In the era of analog TVs, HDTVs have become an admirably piece of furniture. So, how about 4k TVs? With their huge dimension, many people will surely think there’s little point in purchasing a 4k TV set.

People will start to see pixelation on a 42” 1080p display, when they stand about five feet away. Nobody watch a TV set that close, so they won’t see difference between 1080p and ultra HD resolutions from 15 feet away.

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HBO’s Bob Zitter Believes that 4K TVs Will Fail

4K TVHBO’s important figure, Bob Zitter, recently revealed his true opinion about the fledgling 4k technology. He is skeptical that consumers will purchase 4k TV sets in sufficient numbers. Not only these TVs are prohibitively expensive for many buyers, measuring at above 55”, few people will have enough space in their living room to fit one.

Major content broadcasters, including HBO, are currently reluctant to deliver 4k programming unless many people already have 4k TV sets. He also argues that 3D TV sets are dead, especially those requiring special glasses. Eventually, consumers will find 3D glass an impediment, which negatively affects their experience.

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Manufacturers Will Ship 2.6 Million 4k Panels This Year

4K PanelsDespite criticism on the usability of 4k panel and concerns on the availability of compatible content, we will eventually see widespread adoption of the 4k technology in the TV industry. NPD DisplaySearch predicts that in this year alone, manufacturers will deliver 2.6 million 4k TV panels.

As a comparison, only 63,000 units produced last year and this should be very strong evidence that 4k TV sets are finally taking off.  Manufacturers of 4k TV panels will focus on 50”, 55”, 58” and 65” display sizes. Hopefully, this will significantly lower the 4k TV price points, as they are currently priced above $10,000.

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Apple May Release a 4K TV Model

Apple 4K TV
Loyal fans are anticipating a new TV model from Apple, which may include a 4k panel. It is claimed that Apple and Foxconn have been working on a new Ultra HD TV model.

Unfortunately, Foxconn has allocated much of its resources producing display panels for various iOS devices. Consequently, Apple could be counting on LG Display for making enough 4k panels for its new TV model. Demands for new Apple products are typically high and the company needs full production before launching its new Apple TV model. It should be ready for release next year and we may see more 4k content available in 2014.

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Panasonic Will Launch 4k TV Sets Manufactured Using PLED Materials

Panasonic 4k TVAs shown at CES, Panasonic will offer 4k TV sets manufactured with the all-printing technology. Prototype shown in the event uses PLED material, which is produced by Sumitomo Chemical. Panasonic has worked with Sumitomo to develop 4k TV with PLED materials.

Sumitomo has allocated a few billions of yen in investment to build the infrastructure needed to manufacture about 5 million 40” OLED panels. Both companies expect that TV sets with PLED materials will take off in a couple of years. This matches earlier report that Panasonic is seeking to release their first 4k TVs in 2015.

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Microsoft Shows a 120” 4k TV at Seattle

Microsoft 4k TVTraditionally, Microsoft isn’t known as a TV manufacturer. However, the software giant recently showed a demo at the Envisioning Center in Seattle. Visitors would surely be awed by a 120” 4k TV, which is claimed as the largest in the industry. It is used as a demo unit and displays a storytelling experience with full Kinect support.

The company said that this should be the norm in less than 10 years. Beyond its gargantuan size, the demo shows how future high-resolution, large TV sets should be connected to different technologies available inside a home. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t have a plan to sell the TV to consumers.

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Toshiba Officially Announces a New 4k TV Lineup

Toshiba 4K TVEarly last year, Toshiba introduced its first 4k TV set in the United Kingdom. The company primarily pushed a glassless 3D technology, but it was the 4k resolution that excited tech experts. Now, the Japanese company impresses us once again by its decision to launch a new range of 4k TV sets, the Series 9. All of these TV models sport an impressive native 4k resolution.

Users can choose between three different sizes, 58”, 65” and 84”. These Series 9 TV models include full-fledged 3D technology and in the case of the 58” model, it offers the active 3D capability. The built-in CEVO processing engine ensures crisp and sharp representation in the screen, no matter what display size is used.

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Sony Will Soon Release a Cheap 55” 4k TV

Sony Cheap 4K TVFew people are willing to spend more than $10,000 for a 4k TV, but it is reported that Sony will be delivering a 4k TV with much more acceptable price tag. The model will be available for purchase for only $5,000.  Previously, Sony introduced a more expensive 84” 4k TV set priced at $25,000.

The smaller 55” 4k set will set us back $5000, while a slightly bigger model with 65” screen costs $7,000. Many have argued that 4k TV will have limited effect to user experience. People are unlikely to distinguish difference in pixel density, unless they watch 4k TVs at short distance. Nevertheless, people with some disposable dollars will still find Sony’s 55” 4k TV reasonable.

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Samsung S9 4k TV is Available for Pre-order

Samsung S9 Ultra 4KTVThe Samsung S9 4k TV is already available for pre-order and users in the US can get it on the company’s official website for $40,000. The 85” TV is equipped with automatic dimming feature and content conversion to near-ultra HD quality. It should be noted there’s limited amount of 4k content available and the TV simply convert 1080p content to near-4k resolution.

The Samsung S9 4k TV offers 4 times bigger resolution than standard 1080p full HD models currently available in the market. The TV was originally unveiled at CES and its price tag in South Korea is slightly lower at $35,700.

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