4K vs UHD

Is there a difference? And what does it mean to you?

4K vs UHD vs 1080p vs 720p4K in red, UHD in green, 1080p in blue, 720p in yellow
If you’ve turned on a TV anytime recently, it’s almost a given you’ve been bombarded by advertising for 4K, 4K UHD, or Ultra HD Televisions. But you may be asking yourself do these new acronyms all mean the same thing? And does it even matter to me?

Let’s start by defining these terms. 4K is a professional production standard signifying a resolution of 4096 x 2160 for creation of 4K content. Filmmakers and cinematographers are currently using cameras to create content based on this new standard.

Samsung Curved UHD TV

Ultra High Definition, also shown as Ultra HD or UHD, is a specification for display devices (televisions, monitors, projectors). The resolution for UHD is 3840 x 2160, exactly twice the resolution of Full HD (1920x1080), but slightly less than the production standard. What this means is there are truly no 4K televisions as the resolution does not meet the 4K standard.

Manufacturer’s love buzzwords and acronyms, so you can find plenty of TVs inaccurately labeled 4K as they are actually not, but in reality, UHD Televisions. A third acronym that manufacturers are using is 4K UHD. These are still Ultra HD televisions, just another spin on phrasing.

4K (left side) vs 2K (right side) Content Filmed Locally

Now that we have defined the terms, what does it mean to you?

Well, to begin with, a much more detailed image. UHD displays have 4 times as many pixels as Full HD (1080p) displays. And 8x as many as your 720p HD television. UHD displays are capable of upconverting your current 720p and 1080p content to UHD as well as playing Ultra HD content.

If you were around as TV transitioned from standard definition to HDTV, you may remember how amazing a DVD looked the first time you saw it on an HDTV set. And even though the DVD content wasn’t really HD, the TVs upconverted it and it was so much better the on the old standard definition TVs. In the same way, UHD televisions will make your BluRay, DVD, and HD programs look better.

Netflix 4k

But the real gorilla in the closet might be, “Is there any 4K or UHD native content available?” The short answer to that is yes, and more is on the way. In September, Sony launched their “Video Unlimited 4K service” which is a 4K Ultra HD video download service with a expanding library of native 4K Ultra HD feature films and TV shows. Netflix followed suit and announced in May they are now streaming in Ultra HD 4K. Popular original programming including House of Cards is now streaming for your viewing please. Additionally, Amazon Studios announced they will begin producing their own Ultra HD 4K content, and Comcast has launched their Xfinity 4K app for streaming content.

With twice the resolution of Full HD, and ever expanding content, Ultra HD is here to stay and definitely offers a tangible benefit to the viewer. Interested in finding out more about what your upgrade options for UHD televisions are? Contact the friendly staff Premier Electronic Solutions for a consultation to see what would best fit your situation.

(Originally Printed 6/12 In Our Free Newsletter.  Sign-Up Today!)

Article written by Matt Barber © 2014 Premier Electronic Solutions