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What's the Difference Between 4K & Standard TVs?

If you’re in the market for a new TV, you might be aware of a new technology known as 4K. You’ve also probably stood in front of a 4K model TV at a number of retailers, lost in the sheer awesomeness of the high definition video quality this new technology is capable of.

If you’re finding yourself increasingly impressed with television quality, you’re not alone. Most people who haven’t seen 4K in action are generally unprepared for how incredible the picture quality can be upon first sight.

Recently, manufacturers like Panasonic, Sony, and Samsung have adopted a new resolution size known as 4K.

Difference Between 4K & Standard Televisions

The term 4K refers to the fact that the picture is a whopping 4096 pixels wide by 2160 pixels tall. It also refers to the video codec H.264 encoding, which simply means that a much higher quality bitrate was used to record the video file.

This resolution is twice the size of normal HD display. HD content still runs at 720p to 1080p, and most Blu-ray movies and typical TV providers broadcast in 1080p at the max.

Standard HD runs at either 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels or only 1280 pixels by 720 pixels depending on the model you have. If you’re using your 4K TV as a computer monitor, you’ll notice that your new ‘monitor’ will be able to run well beyond the typical 1920×1080 screen resolution, increasing your options to run at an incredible 4096×2160 size.

Right now, there’s no question that 4K resolution models are capable of achieving incredible picture quality over standard HD models.

If you’re a PC gamer planning on purchasing a 4K TV to use as your computer monitor, you’ll need to purchase a powerful graphics card that is capable of handling this increased resolution.

You can rest assured that having a 4K-ready TV is a worthwhile long-term investment. Expect Netflix and your cable provider to have even more 4K streaming content in 2017. Rogers will be broadcasting all Toronto Blue Jays games in 4K. And 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc players and players have arrived as well, making watching movies at home an even better experience. 


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