Pros and Cons of 4K TV
Do we need 4K TV?
Most of us will have a regular sized TV at an apt resolution sitting in our lounge, the image is crisp, good in detail and you cannot see pixels from sitting at your sofa. So what’s the problem? There isn’t one. Nevertheless, screen manufacturers seem to think that they need to quadruple the amount of pixels on screen, with almost no effect for the majority of users.
However, with the bigger number, comes more detail, an extremely crisp image and there isabsolutely no pixilation up close – this means that you will not be able to see any dots whatsoever on the screen. Normally these dots can only been seen up close, so there’s not much of a problem anyway and most people will be sitting from a distance. If you had a good eye, you might be able to notice smoother transitions between scenes with the new 4K TV, but even still, they are already pretty smooth. And you would have to concentrate on the movement, rather than the show or film you are watching.
What facilities do you need to watch 4K TV?
If you had a 4K screen or monitor, the program you wanted to watch would need to be in 4K for it to have any effect, otherwise you were just wasting your money. It would be like paying twice the price for a car just so that it could drive at 200mph, but only ever driving it at 100mph. 4K for corporate video communications and making is a no go area, it would be broadcasting to a minimal audience and 4K is really only suitable film use and at the moment there are certain movies that can be seen in 4K, such as the Hobbit. Additionally, 4K TV is predicted to go mainstream within the next five years therefore more media should be produced for the 4K TVs. But what about people who do not want or cannot afford a 4K TV? Will they be left in the past, unable to watch any new films or television? Will this be another 3D debacle? Quite likely, well at least for some time in the future and certainly for business purposes we need to look for the most common receiving format and facility, so lower common denominator rules – which is still the internet for now! HD video on the interview is gaining some segment but the majority is lower resolution or standard resolution so although we can edit in 4K for corporate video we don’t see it being a big area for production in the near future.
And finally, there’s the price. A lot of 4K TVs vary, but are usually in the low thousands and are only available in larger sizes, most are all at least 40 inches, but many go to more than twice that. Consequently, you have to find a very large space in your house to fit it in, and even then it would be very striking. For more than twice the price of a normal TV, it’s really not worth it until the price comes down, which manufacturers believe will not be for a long time.