Samsung Offers 4K Video Pack and 4K Netflix Stream

Samsung 4K Video PackSamsung recently announced that its Netflix 4K streaming will arrive to the United Kingdom in a couple of months. The company will offer 4K starter pack, which is usable for its 4K TV sets. There have been talks that the lack of real 4K content has put consumers off from making a hefty upgrade. It is hoped that the company’s relationship with Netflix and its new 4K initiative will help consumers to change their mind. The starter pack is built around a 1TB hard drive that contains fifty high-resolution 4K movies. Users could store further movies on the drive by downloading.

TV makers are saying that the 2014 will surely be the year when UHD TV really emerges. Samsung predicts that sales of 4K TV may surpass the one million mark. The figure may rise to 3.3 million units by 2017.

A senior Samsung employee in Europe said that the company wants to make sure that consumers have steady access to reliable 4K content. Samsung will offer a 360-degree Ultra HD solution. This includes the 4K video pack and constant 4K stream from Netflix, starting from March. Among movies included with these films are Star Trek and Life of Pi.

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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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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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