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Are You Ready for Ultra High Def TV?

Tanner | Jul 28, 2011

TVs displayed in the stores look the way they do for a reason. Everything from the lighting around them to the calibration, screen angle, and even height is carefully adjusted to make sure that the TV looks good to you, the consumer. At home you can focus on the same things to improve the quality of your TV picture. Using HD TV cables, adjusting the color and contrast settings, changing your TV from a blue “temperature” to warmer tones, and avoiding glare or placing lights too close to the front of the TV are all ways you can make sure that you’re getting the best picture quality. But many of us already know about these tips, right? What if you didn’t have to do anything to get a better picture quality? What about the future indicates that picture quality of what we watch on TV will be even better than anything we have access to today? Enter UHDTV. Ultra High Definition TV has been in the works for a decade now. Back in 2002 scientists from the NHK Science and Technical Research Laboratories (Nippon Hoso Kyokai, also known as the Japan Broadcasting Corporation) demoed a prototype of the ultra quality TV screen, demonstrating how incredible and life-like the picture could be. Now, 9 years later, UHDTV feels as though it’s just around the corner. Broadcasting in resolutions more than twice as large as 1080p (today’s HD standard), ultra high definition TV is going to be… impressive. The real problem with getting UHDTVs out to the market right now is being able to capture regular videos at such a high resolution (roughly 3840×2160, compared to the highest resolution captured today at 1920×1080). When you turn on your TV you’ll be able to see an almost life-like version of popular celebrities and so much more. But are we ready for such great resolution? Would you buy a TV with a picture quality so immerse? All for the sake of a better experience? To learn more about UHDTV checkout How UHDTV works and Forbes.


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