Is 4K the next big thing in TV?
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From afar, this year's Consumer Electronics Show seemed no great shakes.
The giant Las Vegas trade gathering had its usual share of quirky gadgets but offered few clues to where the industry is heading in 2013.
The year in consumer electronics will be defined by whether Apple enters the TV market or not. But, as usual, the company was absent from CES.
What we did see was a wave of so-called 4K ultra high-definition (UHD) televisions, which offer four times the resolution as a high definition (HD) TV.
One of the 4K tellies is already on sale here – a $24,999, 84-inch model from LG. Like other 4K TVs, it supports 3D, but the technology seemed out of vogue at CES this year.
Is it worth shelling out for a 4K TV (and believe me, you will shell out; Samsung's first 4K model will $US38,000)?
By all accounts, HD (1920 x 1080 pixel) content looks fine when upscaled to a 3840 x 2160 for display on a UHD telly, but US PC World says you would be struggling to tell the difference.
It will be several years before content makers and broadcasters universally fall in behind HD, which they will want to milk for quite some time before upgrading to support UHD. In terms of film content, Sony is promising 10 film titles in ultra high-definition format.
But my main worry comes from the other direction: standard definition broadcast TV (that is, most Sky content today) could potentially look worse blown up onto an 84-inch screen.